April-June 2010| By Jane Leung Larson
A good friend of the Committee, C.H. Tung, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Consultative Conference and former Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR, met with New York members to discuss U.S.-China relations on May 7. During his visit to the U.S., Tung spoke to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about the importance of mutual understanding and trust. His China-United States Exchange Foundation was formed to support activities furthering such understanding. Attending the Committee meeting with Tung were Anla Cheng, David Chu, James Li,
Henry Tang, Oscar Tang, Lulu C. Wang, and Alice Young.
The Committee has assisted with hosting and briefing Eisenhower Fellows both in the U.S. and China, and on May 13 Clarence Kwan, Lulu C. Wang, and Alice Young met with Professors Hongwei Li and Qin Lu, both from the China Central Party School and discussed China’s new media as well as environmental issues. The Eisenhower Fellowships are awarded to emerging leaders to enhance their professional capacities and further world peace. There is a special program with the Central Party School, which not only trains political leaders but is a policy think tank.
On May 19, Committee Chairman John Chen, as well as David Chang, Ming Chen Hsu, and Clarence Kwan met with China’s new Ambassador to the United Nations, Li Baodong. Li presented his credentials at the UN in March of this year in time to head China’s delegation to the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons held earlier in May. Prior to this position, Li was China’s Ambassador to the UN office in Geneva and to other international organizations based in Switzerland.