Each year, the Committee of 100 hosts an annual conference on U.S.-China relations, bringing together hundreds of distinguished academics, policymakers, philanthropists, journalists, and other engaged professionals in a comprehensive event situated in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, New York, or Los Angeles. The conference is unique in highlighting the contributions, challenges, and evolving roles of ethnic Chinese citizens in advancing the U.S.-China relationship. The Annual Conference serves as a tangible platform through which leading U.S.-China actors meet to address issues pertaining to U.S. policy toward China and Chinese policy toward the United States.
The full-day summit took place earlier in the day and included more than 20 distinguished speakers, three panel discussions and two fireside chats that addressed a variety of topics: U.S.-China Trade and Economic Outlook, Belt and Road Initiative, Tech Entrepreneurism in Silicon Valley and China, Artificial Intelligence and Chinese Americans in Public Service. This year’s summit featured Ambassador Chas Freeman, Mr. Jin Liqun, and Ambassador Gary Locke as keynote speakers.
Conference keynote speakers all addressed the pressing issues and tensions surrounding free trade and emphatically reinforced the importance of avoiding major trade conflicts. Ambassador Freeman opened by highlighting, "The United States and China are each too globalized and dynamic to contain, too big and influential to ignore, and too successful and entangled with each other to divorce without bankrupting ourselves and all associated with us." Jin Liqun advocated for cooperation stating, "I hope [for future generations] the United States and China will remain friendly and cooperative." Lastly, Locke noted, "[It's] imperative that the two countries continue to work together and engage constructively."
Following Ambassador Locke’s luncheon keynote speech, C100 member Buck Gee held a fireside chat with fellow member Michelle Lee where she discussed her journey to public service. The summit concluded with an engaging fireside chat on artificial intelligence between Dr. Fei-Fei Li, Chief Scientist at Google Cloud AI/ML, and C100 member Jerry Yang, Co-Founder of Yahoo!
The C100 Town Hall on May 6 featured discussions on Chinese American leadership and addressed important issues concerning the Chinese American community nationwide. C100 members Chi-Foon Chan, Tony Chan, Walter Wang, and Janet Yang shared their personal "Chinese American Journeys". "Chinese American Journeys" is a series of TED-style presentations that showcase the inspiring stories of extraordinary Chinese Americans and how they have become leaders in their respective fields. C100 members from diverse walks of life share stories of their passions and inspirations, their journeys to success, and the lessons they learned along the way. Past "Chinese American Journey" presentations can be accessed on C100’s YouTube channel, Committee100. Following the "Chinese American Journeys" was a discussion on "Women’s Leadership: A Conversation with Jenny Ming and Anna Mok." The Town Hall concluded with a panel of C100 members moderated by C100 member Lanhee Chen. C100 members strongly encouraged the next generation of Chinese Americans to remain informed and involved in topics that affect our communities. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing ethnic and racial group in the U.S. and have an important role to play in shaping the future of this diverse country.
Prior to the C100 Town Hall, Sherry Chen, an award-winning federal hydrologist who was wrongfully prosecuted as a Chinese spy, shared her personal story of being racially profiled and unjustly terminated from her job by the Department of Commerce. Chen was recently vindicated in an appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) where the judge ruled that Chen had been a "victim of gross injustice" and ordered her to be restored to her job and to receive back pay and benefits, but the Department of Commerce has yet to comply and has signaled its intention to appeal the MSPB decision.
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*Crystal awards for 2017 Leadership Award for Advancing U.S.-China Relations donated by Tiffany & Co.
*Crystal awards for Excellence in Philanthropy donated by Tiffany & Co.