At the Committee of 100’s Fourth Greater China Conference – Common Ground: Building Trust in a New Era – in Hong Kong on December 4-5, 2011 – the Committee addressed the need for ongoing U.S.-China cooperation on four timely issues: the global impact of Chinese consumption, RMB internationalization, education partnerships, and China’s foreign direct investment.
The two keynote speeches amplified the conference’s “Common Ground” theme. Gary Locke, U.S. Ambassador to China, announced U.S. intentions to issue five-year visas to Chinese visitors on the condition that Beijing allows reciprocal visa arrangements for American visitors. Tavis Smiley, Host of Tavis Smiley on PBS, stressed both countries’ challenges to resolve growing economic inequality between the haves and have-nots.
C-100 members Ronnie Chan, Tony Chan, Victor Fung, and Ya-Qin Zhang led this year’s successful conference. Over 20 speakers from the United States and Greater China participated in the roundtable and luncheon discussions. Thirty-two C-100 members and over 380 participants attended the Gala Dinner and conference proceedings. This year’s C-100 Journalist Delegation included three distinguished American journalists, who also attended the conference: Eugene Robinson, Columnist and Associate Editor of The Washington Post; Nicholas Goldberg, Editor of the Editorial Pages of The Los Angeles Times; and Rekha Basu, Columnist for The Des Moines Register.
Fifty-three local and international press representatives covered both events. As a component of C-100’s leadership development program to cultivate young leaders, thirty students from the City University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Richard Ivey School of Business, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University attended the conference. Click here to view the Conference Executive Summary and post-conference highlights.