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Committee of 100 Mourns the Passing of Member Dr. Chi Wang

5th July 2024

New York, NY (July 5, 2024) — Committee of 100, a non-profit organization of prominent Chinese Americans, today released the following statement mourning the passing of long-time member Dr. Chi Wang. 

“We mourn the recent passing of our member Dr. Chi Wang, and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time,” said Cindy Tsai, Interim President, Committee of 100. “We have deeply valued Dr. Wang’s presence in our Committee of 100 community for nearly 25 years, and his significant contributions to our dual mission are immeasurable. We are committed to honoring his memory and advancing the causes he passionately supported.” 

Dr. Chi Wang was a Professor of History at Georgetown University since 1969 and a leading figure in U.S.-China relations. His distinguished career spanned academia, diplomacy, and cultural exchange. 

Dr. Wang was instrumental in establishing Georgetown University’s PhD program in Asian History and advising graduate students in U.S.-China relations since 1972. He curated the Library of Congress’ Chinese collection for over three decades, transforming it into a premier resource globally. 

Born in China and educated in the U.S., Dr. Wang earned his PhD from Georgetown in 1969. He co-founded the U.S.-China Policy Foundation in 1995, an independent non-partisan, non-profit organization solely dedicated to promoting and improving U.S.-China relations and building bridges and mutual understanding between the U.S. and China through people-to-people diplomacy. Dr. Wang hosted the China Forum and founded the Washington Journal of Modern China

Over his distinguished career, Dr. Wang advised numerous U.S. administrations on trade with China and co-founded the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, a non-profit educational organization founded in the belief that vigorous debate of China policy among Americans was essential and that balanced public education could clarify U.S. interests and strengthen our foreign policy.

A noted author, Dr. Wang’s books include American Presidents and China: From Truman to Trump (prepublication), Obama’s Challenge to China: The Pivot to Asia (2015), The United States and China Since World War II (2013), Building a Better Chinese Collection for the Library of Congress (2012), George W. Bush and China: Politics, Problems, and Partnership (2009), and his personal memoir, A Compelling Journey from Beijing to Washington (2011, 2nd edition prepublication).  

Dr. Wang represented the U.S. in the 1972 negotiations in Beijing, enhancing cultural exchanges and his foundation supported American businesses in China since the early 1990s. Dr. Wang, a member of the Committee of 100 since 1999, leaves a lasting legacy as a scholar, diplomat, and advocate for U.S. China relations. His wisdom and dedication inspired many. He is survived by his family, colleagues, and students, who will cherish his memory and contributions. 

A memorial service will be held for Dr. Wang on Saturday, July 13  at the Lewinsville Presbyterian Church (1724 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, Virginia 22101) with a luncheon reception to follow.  

About Committee of 100 

Committee of 100 is a non-profit U.S. leadership organization of prominent Chinese Americans in business, government, academia, healthcare, and the arts focused on public policy engagement, civic engagement, and philanthropy. For more than 30 years, Committee of 100 has served as a preeminent organization committed to the dual missions of promoting the full participation of Chinese Americans in all aspects of American life and constructive relations between the United States and Greater China. Visit or follow Committee of 100 on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook for more information. 

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Committee of 100 Contacts: 

Charles Zinkowski 
Senior Director of Marketing & Communications 

Sam Jones 
Manager of Public Relations & Social Media 

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