The following statement was issued by Zhengyu Huang, President of Committee of 100:
“A recent media report was published that attempted to link Committee of 100 (C100) with influencing operations of the Chinese government. The insinuations made in this report are patently untrue and corrosive. As an American organization, C100 strongly opposes any effort by any foreign power – China or elsewhere – to influence American society and democracy.
These accusations undermine the work of our community. C100 is a non-profit, non-partisan American organization that promotes the full participation of more than five million Chinese Americans in all aspects of U.S. society and advances constructive dialogue and relationships between the peoples and leaders of the United States and Greater China. All C100 members are American citizens who are proud of their contributions to the United States and their Chinese heritage. It is unacceptable that this article calls into question the loyalty and patriotism of Chinese Americans.
For more than 30 years, our members have come together to take action to support vital U.S. interests. This past year alone, C100 donated 895,000 N95 masks to hospitals across the U.S., focusing on African American, Latino, and other hard-hit communities. We issued suggested guidelines for the major U.S. political parties to ease up on the political rhetoric. We also sought to shine light on the injustices and racism against Asian Americans over the years, and particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It has long been the tradition of C100 to work with political and civic leaders in the U.S, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China to foster productive conversations. Over the years, C100 has held hundreds of conferences and events to bring focus, energy and attention to Chinese Americans and the issues they face. Last year in Silicon Valley, C100 hosted a conference dedicated to the challenges of advancing science and technology while caught between the U.S. and China; with numerous conferences like these over the past decades that protect and advance America’s leadership across many areas and industries.
C100 has had a dual mission for more than 30 years: promoting the full participation of Chinese Americans in American society and advancing constructive dialogue and relationships between the peoples and leaders of the United States and Greater China. We will continue to promote these missions and reject any insinuation or effort to slander our conduct or intent.”