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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The Mayflower Hotel, Washington DC

Gala honorees with dinner chair, J. Stapleton Roy (R)

2017 Gala honorees with dinner chair, J. Stapleton Roy (R)  More photos can be found here

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 our 22nd anniversary with a gala dinner held on Wednesday, November 15 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. This year’s gala was a particularly timely event as President Trump had just returned from his first official state visit to China.

Gala guests hailed from government, diplomatic, commercial, and academic spheres. They included envoys from the Australian, British, Burmese, Filipino, German, Italian, Nepalese, Malaysian, and Singaporean embassies, in addition to a delegation from the Chinese Embassy; former and current Members of Congress and congressional staff; American and Chinese business leaders; as well as scholars of U.S.-China relations.

The attendees arrived at Washington, DC’s Mayflower Hotel for a cocktail reception in the Chinese room. The dinner program then began in the Grand Ballroom with a welcome address to the nearly 200 guests from the Gala Co-chair, Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy, who previously served as  U.S. Ambassador to China (1991-1995). Ms. Laura Stone, the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for China and Mongolia at The Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs gave brief remarks on the importance of the U.S.-China relationship and the success of President Trump’s state visit to China.

Ambassador Roy returned to the podium again after dinner to present the U.S.-China Business Leadership Awards to Mr. Hongyi (Charlie) Jiang, Chairman and CEO of China-U.S. SkyClub and Ms. Stella Li, President of BYD Motors Inc. After receiving their awards, each gave brief remarks expressing their gratitude and reaffirming the importance of the U.S.-China relationship to the business community.

Ambassador Max Sieben Baucus, was then presented with an award for his Outstanding Achievement in Public Service. Ambassador Baucus served as a U.S. Senator from Montana (1978-2014) and was the previous U.S. Ambassador to China (2014-2017), marking an impressive 39 years of public service. Ambassador Baucus began his remarks by briefly reflecting on his years as a Senator from Montana and as the U.S. Ambassador to China. In particular, he focused on the importance of U.S. officials striving to turn talking points into dialogue by posing constructive questions to further discourse. Ambassador Baucus also recommended that U.S. policymakers and officials travel to China to better understand the country and its culture. The Ambassador concluded his remarks by thanking his wife, Melodee Hanes, for her support and reminding everyone that it is our moral obligation to leave our world as good as, or even better, than we found it.

Ambassador Roy presented the final award, in recognition of Outstanding Achievement in U.S.-China Relations to  Ambassador Cui Tiankai, the current Chinese Ambassador to the United States. Ambassador Cui began his remarks by recognizing that this year marks the 45th anniversary of President Nixon’s monumental visit to China. He observed that the U.S.-China relationship has been on a stable track over the years and continues to maintain its momentum with President Trump’s first successful state visit to China. Ambassador Cui remarked on the successful dialogue and expressed his country’s wish to build a relationship based on “mutual respect and mutual benefit.” Despite other’s belief that little was accomplished on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, Ambassador Cui reported that the two leaders reaffirmed their support to peaceful denuclearization and their determination to “implement all the United Nations Security Council resolutions.” He also addressed criticism of U.S.-China economic and trade relations, advising critics to “revisit elementary economics.” Ambassador Cui discussed President Xi’s goals for the rejuvenation and reform of China and how China’s foreign policy intends to feature “mutual respect, fairness, justice, and win-win cooperation” and will “never pursue [their] own development at the expense of others.” Like Ambassador Baucus, Ambassador Cui ended his remarks advocating those listening remain conscientious of the legacy that actions today will leave. Ambassador Cui’s full remarks can be read here.

Dr. David M. Lampton, Director and Professor of China Studies at Johns Hopkins, SAIS, provided closing remarks, reminding the audience that people and their actions count and can, and often does, make a tangible difference. Dr. Lampton then introduced USCPF President and Co-Founder, Dr. Chi Wang. Our president reflected on the work of the U.S.-China Policy Foundation and thanked the many guests and sponsors in attendance for making this year’s gala a success.

The 22nd Annual Gala was a celebration of USCPF’s programs following a year of important developments in the U.S.-China relationship. In 2017, USCPF published Volume 13 of the Washington Journal of Modern China, hosted a panel discussion on the 19th Party Congress, led two Policymakers Trips to China, organized cultural exhibits, and met with visiting delegations from China.

The U.S.-China Policy Foundation would like to thank the gala speakers, guests, and the staff at the Mayflower Hotel for making this event a success. This and all of our events would have been impossible without the support of our sponsors, to whom we again express our gratitude. We thank our sponsors not only for supporting our organization, but for their dedication to the continued improvement of U.S.-China relations. More information about this year’s gala dinner, including photo, media, and video links, can be found below.

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Gala Program
Letters of Greeting
Gala Sponsors

Gala Announcement
Gala Videos
Gala Photo Album

Gala Media Links

Gala Sponsors