The Committee of 100 convened its 22nd Annual Common Ground Conference April 24-25 in Washington, D.C. The 2013 Conference Co-Chairs were Howard Li, Theodore Wang, and Benjamin Wu. The Platinum Sponsors for the Conference included J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation, represented by Ming Hsu, and Wells Fargo, represented by Nancy Wong.
The conference events began with the Opening Reception, held at the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Representative of the 8th District of Illinois, welcomed C100 participants to the historic space and discussed the contributions of C100 to strengthening U.S.-China relations.
On April 25, the Annual Conference and Gala took place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The conference addressed four issues central to U.S.-China relations: building strategic trust in the bilateral relationship; economic cooperation and competition; Chinese investment in the United States; and media portrayals of China in U.S. political campaigns. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor (1977-1981), and Gao Xiqing, Vice Chairman and President of the China Investment Corporation, presented keynote addresses. The Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Senator Bob Corker presented remarks.
This year’s conference set a record of representation from 12 Members of Congress, including Chairman of House Foreign Relations Committee Ed Royce, and 22 promotional partners. Virtual audiences throughout the U.S. and China watched the conference via live-streaming, and speakers responded to questions submitted by the audience and viewers in North America, Europe, and Asia. To date, 46 media outlets have released news coverage of the 22nd Annual Conference. To view the list of media articles, click here