Wednesday May 27, 2020

Willard InterContinental
Washington, DC

On Wednesday, May 25, 2011, the United States-China Policy Foundation was honored to host a panel discussion and luncheon celebrating the 30th Anniversary of China Daily. Held at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., the 30th anniversary celebration commenced with a panel discussion between well-known scholars and diplomats in the field of U.S.-China relations. The panel included Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr., former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy, Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars; Ambassador James R. Sasser, former ambassador to China; and Dr. Kenneth Lierberthal, Director of the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution. The panelists individually remarked on the past 30 years of relations between China and the United States. Each noted specific challenges to Sino-American cooperation, including systemic distrust and differences in political ideology, social structure, and economic policy. Despite these issues, the panelists pointed to recent examples of positive relations between our two countries, which have recently developed a more productive, pragmatic framework focused on building mutual trust and collaborating on common interests.

In addition to commenting on U.S.-China relations, the panel also congratulated China Daily on its 30 years of “world-class” reporting. Established in 1981, the publication has grown into an influential global English-language publication with an average daily print circulation of roughly 500,000 worldwide. Around the reception hall, large posters displayed images of China Daily front pages spanning the past three decades, including recent images of the China Daily US Edition, a U.S.-based extension of the Chinese newspaper launched in 2009. China Daily USA President Larry Lee and China Daily Chief US Correspondent Li Xing remarked on the genesis of the newspaper, noting the remarkable progress in their mission of facilitating communication and understanding between American and Chinese citizens. Ambassador Richard H. Solomon, current President of the United States Institute of Peace, also gave a keynote address to the luncheon crowd. A key player in the early stages of China Daily’s establishment, Ambassador Solomon remarked on the importance of the English-language newspaper in representing China in its kaifang, or “opening,” stage. He stated that over the past three decades, the publication has been a vital organ in helping Chinese and Americans understand each other’s political, cultural, and linguistic differences.

The USCPF was glad to help commemorate China Daily’s 30 years as an outstanding global publication. The Foundation looks forward to further cooperation with companies like China Daily on our mutual mission of enhancing understanding between the people and governments of the United States and China.

For video footage of the panel discussion, visit the USCPF’s YouTube channel.