Friday October 18, 2019

U.S.-CHINA POLICY FOUNDATION’S 18TH ANNUAL GALA DINNER

Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, Washington, D.C.

November 12, 2013

The U.S.-China Policy Foundation hosted its 18th annual Gala Dinner, China in Washington, on November 12, 2013. The gala, celebrating USCPF’s 18th anniversary, took place at the historic Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in downtown, Washington, DC, from 7pm to 9pm. The dinner recognized the ongoing efforts of USCPF and others to improve U.S-China relations. We would like to give a special thanks to our generous sponsors. Photos and video clips from the event can be found here.

The Foundation was honored to welcome Dr. Lien ChanHonorary Chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) as a guest of honor at this year’s gala. Dr. Lien held numerous political positions in Taiwan, including Minister of Foreign Affairs (1988-1990), Governor of Taiwan (1990-1993), Premier (1993-1997), Vice President (1996-2000), and Chairman of the KMT (2000-2005). Upon retiring in 2005, Dr. Lien was given the title of Honorary Chairman of the KMT. Throughout his career, Dr. Lien has sought to maintain a stable and peaceful cross-strait relationship.

Kuomintang Chairman Lien Chan's historic meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao (r) on April 30, 2005 (photo by People's Daily)

In April 2005, Dr. Lien made an ice-breaking trip to mainland China, where he met with Hu Jintao, then the President and the Chairman of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The current cross-strait ties in the business and cultural spheres are a direct result of Dr. Lien’s 2005 trip. Dr. Lien, though retired, plays an important role in cross-strait relations. After his initial trip to the mainland, Dr. Lien continued to meet with Chinese leaders, both in mainland China and at international meetings such as the 2008-2011 APEC summits. Dr. Lien most recently visited mainland China in February 2013 to meet with new CPC Chairman Xi Jinping. At the gala, USCPF Gala Co-Chair Amb. Chas Freeman presented Dr. Lien with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to cross-strait relations. Amb. Freeman’s introduction of Dr. Lien is available here. The text of Dr. Lien’s remarks can be found here.

Ambassador James Sasser meets Chinese President Xi Jinping (photo by Kaveh Sardari)

USCPF also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Ambassador James Sasser, former U.S. Ambassador to China, for his contributions to U.S.-China relations. Ambassador Sasser also served as a U.S. Senator from Tennessee from 1977-1995. Ambassador Sasser received his award from Gala Co-Chair Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy.

Ambassador Sasser’s time in Beijing (1996-1999) helped shape the modern U.S.-China relationship. During the early 1990s, the U.S. and China were seeking a new paradigm for the relationship in the post-Cold War era. Ambassador Sasser’s good relationships with Chinese leaders such as Jiang Zeming and Zhu Rongji helped set the stage for U.S.-China cooperation. Ambassador Sasser helped plan Jiang Zemin’s historic State visit to the U.S. in 1997 as well as President Clinton’s State visit to China in 1998. After retiring in 1999, Ambassador Sasser has continued to play an important role as an adviser and commentator on U.S.-China relations. USCPF is proud to recognize Ambassador Sasser’s many contributions to U.S.-China relations.

The Foundation would like to express its heartfelt appreciation to all the donors and guests who are so crucial in supporting our ongoing efforts. Thank you for supporting the 18th year of our continuing efforts to increase mutual understanding between America and China. We look forward to working with our friends and supporters in the future to continue to improve U.S.-China relations.

Links to media coverage of the 18th Annual Gala Dinner is available here.

2013 Gala Sponsors

O.E. Investment  正元公司

John S. Chen

The Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin