Earlier this year I had the pleasure of interviewing Sidney Rittenberg, in Seattle, about his six-plus decades of involvement in U.S.-Chinese affairs, including the 16 years he spent in solitary confinement in prisons of Mao's China.

This week, also in Seattle, he received at age 92 a "Lifetime Achievement" award from the Washington State China Relations Council. In a terse four minutes, from time 17:00 to 21:00 below, he offers what I consider several sage points for stable and productive relations between the countries. 

These points may not seem original or earth-shattering, but I think they are right, and worth reflecting on.