John S. Chen
Chairman, Committee of 100
The past two months have been very productive for C-100. On October 20, a Committee of 100 members’ delegation met with senior Taiwan officials, including President Ma Ying-jeou, to discuss the current status of cross-strait relations and how the Committee can play a role as a resource and channel for dialogue among leaders in Washington, Beijing, and Taipei. The Taipei delegation will be followed by a members’ delegation to Beijing in December.
From October 16 to 25, C-100 organized a delegation of four leading American journalists to visit China. C-100 arranged meetings with Chinese scholars, entrepreneurs, students, entertainers, NGO leaders, journalists, and government officials. This delegation was designed to present a broad and well-rounded picture of China to U.S. media leaders with limited first-hand experience in China. During the trip, the journalists published their observations in the Washington Post, Financial Times, and Newsweek. This program is aligned with C-100’s mission of promoting mutual understanding between the U.S. and China.
C-100 is also a supporter of the “100,000 Strong” Initiative launched by the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and announced by President Obama during his November 2009 visit to China. The Initiative promotes mutual understanding through encouraging private-sector student exchanges and aspires to have 100,000 American students study in China over the next four years. There will be more about this Initiative in future issues.
We invite you to attend the Committee of 100's 20th Annual Conference on May 12, 2011 in New York City. This conference will be tightly focused and feature exceptional speakers on Sino-U.S. and Asian American issues. The conference will be held at Waldorf Astoria Hotel, followed by the Awards Gala Dinner at the Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We welcome your participation and are most grateful for your continued support.