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Former President Jimmy Carter receives statesmanship award

June 6, 2019
FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2018 file photo, former President Jimmy Carter answers questions from students during his annual town hall with Emory University freshman in Atlanta. Former President Jimmy Carter is being recognized for his contributions to U.S.-China relations. The George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S. China Relations on Thursday, June 6, 2019 says Carter will receive the inaugural George H. W. Bush Award for Statesmanship in U.S.-China Relations. A private award ceremony is planned for June 12 at the Carter Center in Atlanta.(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2018 file photo, former President Jimmy Carter answers questions from students during his annual town hall with Emory University freshman in Atlanta. Former President Jimmy Carter is being recognized for his contributions to U.S.-China relations. The George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S. China Relations on Thursday, June 6, 2019 says Carter will receive the inaugural George H. W. Bush Award for Statesmanship in U.S.-China Relations. A private award ceremony is planned for June 12 at the Carter Center in Atlanta.(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter is being recognized for his contributions to relations between the U.S. and China.

The George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S. China Relations says Carter will receive the inaugural George H. W. Bush Award for Statesmanship in U.S.-China Relations.

The foundation said in a statement Thursday that the award goes to people who have made “profound contributions to the development of constructive and mutually beneficial relations” between the U.S and the People’s Republic of China.

A private award ceremony is scheduled June 12 at the Carter Center in Atlanta.

Emory University in Atlanta this week announced that the 94-year-old former president was granted tenure there. Carter has served as University Distinguished Professor at Emory for 37 years.

Carter, a former Georgia governor, was president from 1977-1981.