Henry Kissinger

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Dr. Henry Kissinger

Inspired C-100

Dr. Henry Kissinger is a long-time friend of the Committee of 100, having helped conceive the idea of and encouraged co-founders I.M. Pei and Henry Tang to establish the organization in 1988.[1]

Xu Kuangdi meeting

Former Mayor of Shanghai and current President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Xu Kuangdi, met with New York members of the Committee of 100, at the Harvard Club on October 6, 2009. Xu’s visit to the United States was sponsored by the China-United States Exchange Foundation of C.H. Tung, former Chief Executive of Hong Kong.

For this trip, he also spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Yale University. He also met with Dr. Henry Kissinger and Congressman Adam Schiff.[2]

Wen Jiabao event

China’s Premier Wen Jiabao was honored at a luncheon at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel on September 23 2008 hosted by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and US-China Business Council, along with the Committee of 100 and a number of other organizations. As part of his activities in New York where he was attending the United Nations General Assembly, Wen gave a major address to this gathering of 550 guests from international affairs organizations, government, business, and academia. Among those making welcoming remarks were U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Wen spoke broadly about U.S.-China relations, discussing the general principles underlying Chinese foreign relations and expressed his confidence that “whoever becomes the next President of the United States, China-U.S. relations will continue to move forward, as the trend of history will not turn back.” He also thankedd Americans for the volunteer work and donations to help the people of Sichuan cope with the May earthquake. “We also saw many scenes showing China-U.S. friendship during the Beijing Olympic Games that ended last month,” he said, noting for instance that three generations of the Bush family attended the Olympics.

There was strong representation from the Committee at the luncheon. C-100 Chairman John L. Fugh sat at the head table, with members Anla Cheng, David D. Ho, Bernard Joei, Cheng Li, I.M. Pei, Betty Lee Sung, Donald Tang, Henry Tang, Charles P. Wang, Shing-Tung Yau, Shirley Young, Pauline Yu, and Ya-Qin Zhang, and C-100 Executive Director Alice Mong and Executive Counselor John Young also in attendance.[3]

Meeting Chinese Communist Party official

Kissinger,Wang Jiarui

In December 2010, a senior official of the Communist Party of China met in New York with former U. S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to further develop bilateral relations.

Wang Jiarui, minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, praised the important contributions Dr. Kissinger made to bilateral relations. Wang stressed China is willing to work with the United States to build a positive, cooperative and comprehensive bilateral relationship in 21st century.

Kissinger, who served as the top U.S. diplomat during the presidencies of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford in 1970s, said that U.S. and China are experiencing an important stage to further develop bilateral ties. He hoped that both countries will enhance strategic dialogue and cooperate in addressing common challenges.

Wang and Kissinger also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.[4]

C-100 25th Anniversay

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