Veteran Chinese diplomat Sun Guoxiang is the new Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in New York City. On October 11, Committee of 100 members and staff held a welcome dinner at the Harvard Club for Consul General Sun, his wife Wang Min, and Consul Wang Yongjun, attended by C-100 members Anla Cheng, Clarence Kwan, Howard Li, Henry Tang, and Charles P. Wang, Executive Director Angie O. Tang and Public Affairs Director An Ping.
Consul General Sun has been a diplomat for more than 30 years, with postings in Laos, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Canada, and Turkey. Before taking over the Consulate General in New York City, Sun was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. In 1999, Consul General Sun earned an M.I.P.P., or Master of International Policy and Practice, from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), John Hopkins University in Washington D.C.
Discussion at the dinner focused on American attitudes toward China, particularly regarding Chinese investment in the U.S. and demands by the U.S. Congress for re-valuation of the Chinese yuan. Members presented findings from the Committee’s opinion surveys and a recent Asia Society report on Chinese foreign direct investment.
All agreed that this was a critical period in U.S.-China relations. Consul General Sun said that Chinese companies could help create American jobs with well-considered investments, and he hoped that Americans would welcome rather than obstruct China’s entry into the American economy. As to currency reform, Sun warned that it would increase prices for American consumers and said that a trade war would hurt the U.S. more than China.
Sun also said that he hoped the New York Consulate General could play a larger role in introducing Chinese companies to American businesses and vice versa.
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