Tuesday August 20, 2019

Gala Announcement 2018

Top L to R: DCM & Minister Li Kexin, Ms. Tammy Tam (SCMP), Amb. Gary Locke, Mr. Chow Cung Yan (SCMP). Bottom L to R: Dr. Chi Wang (USCPF), Ms. Florence Davis (The Starr Foundation), Amb. Herbert Horowitz (Photo by Max Taylor)

Top L to R: DCM & Minister Li Kexin, Ms. Tammy Tam (SCMP), Amb. Gary Locke, Mr. Chow Cung Yan (SCMP).
Bottom L to R: Dr. Chi Wang (USCPF), Ms. Florence Davis (The Starr Foundation), Amb. Herbert Horowitz
(Photo by Max Taylor) Click (here) for more photos.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
The Mayflower Hotel, Washington DC

The U.S.-China Policy Foundation (USCPF), a non-partisan, non-profit organization in Washington, DC has been promoting greater understanding between American and Chinese policymakers, researchers, and government officials since 1995. This year, USCPF celebrated its 23rd anniversary with a gala dinner held on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. The event was held following a difficult year for U.S.-China relations, which included a continuing trade conflict as well as renewed tensions over old flashpoints such as Taiwan and the South China Sea. The gala was held just days after President Trump and Xi Jinping met war following the G-20 in Argentina. Guests at this year’s gala included government officials, diplomats, journalists, and academics.

The event at the Mayflower Hotel began with a cocktail reception, before moving to the State Ballroom for the dinner program. USCPF President and Co-founder, Dr. Chi Wang offered opening remarks, including a moment of silence for the late President George Herbert Walker Bush, whose funeral had been held at the Washington National Cathedral earlier that day following his passing on Friday, November 30th. Professor Wang recalled meeting Bush in Beijing in August 1974 when he was serving as head of the US liaison office.

Professor Wang then spoke of the continued importance of mutual understanding in promoting positive US-China relations. He noted the special significance this year, as it has been 40 years since Carter announced that the U.S. and China would normalize relations. Professor Wang’s prepared remarks can be found here.

Prestigious former government officials and policymakers who were unable to attend the event in-person provided letters of greeting, including former president Jimmy Carter, who was instrumental in overseeing the normalization of U.S.-China relations in 1979, Henry Kissinger, who served as Nixon’s national security advisor and help facilitate his historic opening to China, and Ambassador Terry Branstad, the current U.S. Ambassador to China.

After dinner, Ambassador Gary Locke, U.S. Ambassador to China from 2011 to 2014 and former governor of Washington, took to the podium to present the Philanthropic Excellence Award to The Starr Foundation. Ms. Florence Davis accepted the award on behalf of the Starr Foundation. She has been president of the Starr Foundation since 1999. Since its establishment in 1955, the Starr Foundation has pledged $315 million in grants to support programs related to China and U.S.-China relations. Ms. Davis shared a poignant story of one such grant with the dinner guests. Ms. Davis’ prepared remarks can be found here.

Ambassador Locke then presented the Global Media Leadership Award to the South China Morning Post. Accepting the award on behalf of the South China Morning Post was Editor-in-Chief Tammy Tam. Ms. Tam acknowledged the 115th anniversary of the establishment of the newspaper and highlighted the importance of offering a platform for all viewpoints in reporting critical developments in U.S.-China relations. Ms. Tam’s prepared remarks can be found here.

Ambassador Locke returned to the podium to deliver remarks regarding the status of US-China relations and offered a look back on the achievements made in the forty years since normalization. While recognizing the substantial progress made, he acknowledged there is still a long way to go before all of China’s population can fully benefit from its growth. He also cautioned that the policy pursued by the current administration through the trade war will have no winners, and instead will ultimately hurt workers and consumers in both the U.S. and China.

Finally, Minister Li Kexin, Deputy Chief of Mission for the Embassy of the People’s Republic finished the night by addressing the room. He summarized the current state of U.S.-China relations and the need to increase mutual understanding between the two countries. He also outlined China’s priorities and how the U.S. can factor positively into these, and offered some example of opportunities for the bilateral cooperation in the future. His prepared remarks can be found here.

The 23rd Annual Gala was the culmination of another successful year for the U.S.-China Policy Foundation. In Spring 2018, USCPF released Volume 14 of the Washington Journal of Modern China, and hosted two Congressional staff-members trip to China, one of which was the first U.S. delegation to visit the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. USCPF also hosted two art and photography exhibits and met with several visiting delegations from China.

The U.S.-China Policy Foundation would like to thank our guests, speakers, honorees, and our gala co-chairs, Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy and Ambassador James Sasser. Like all our events, it would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors. We once again thank our sponsors for their support of this organization and their continued dedication to improving U.S.-China relations. For more information about this year’s gala dinner, including photo, media, and video links, visit the links below.

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Gala Program
Letters of Greeting
Gala Videos
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Gala Sponsors
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