Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn As special assistant to then-National Security Advisor Henry A. Kissinger, Winston LordLord is the son of Mary Pillsbury Lord, heir to the Pillsbury Flour Co. and a prominent political figure and former head of the UN Human Rights Commission was one of a handful of people who took part in Kissinger’s secret visit to China in July 1971, which paved the way for President Richard Nixon’s historic trip to the People's Republic of China the following year. Lord later held various roles in government, including the post of U.S. ambassador to China from 1985 to 1989, and later assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs during the Clinton administration. He was also president of the Council on Foreign Relations from 1977 to 1985. Mr. Lord, 83, now lives in New York with his wife, the novelist Bette Bao Lord. He has also described his career in government in an oral history project that can be found here. Winston Lord Illustration by Lauren Crow Q: Fifty yeaSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.