On behalf of all of us at the US-China Business Council, we would like to thank our event sponsors and member companies for their generous support of USCBC’s 45th Anniversary Gala and Tribute to President George H.W. Bush held on December 5, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC.
USCBC Chair Evan Greenberg and President Craig Allen served as senior hosts. Nearly 450 leaders from the business, government, diplomatic, and think tank communities were in attendance. China’s top envoy to Washington, DC, His Excellency Cui Tiankai, was among the distinguished guests.
Ambassador Carla A. Hills, this year’s USCBC honoree, received a standing ovation from Gala attendees in recognition of her enduring contributions to bilateral and multilateral trade and investment agreements which have facilitated and expanded regional and global trade for decades. USCBC Chair Greenberg recognized Ambassador Hills as one of the country's leading foreign policy experts for her service in two presidential cabinets, first as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development for President Gerald R. Ford and then as the United States Trade Representative for President George H. W. Bush. In her brief remarks, Ambassador Hills reminded us of the late President Bush’s dream that the United States and China will “continue working together toward a full partnership and friendship that will bring peace and prosperity to people everywhere,” and emphasized the need for positive engagement in the bilateral relationship now more than ever.
In lieu of a physical gift, USCBC made a monetary donation on behalf of Ambassador Hills to the US-Asia Institute’s Szymanski Rule of Law Exchange Program. Funds will be used to support the immersion program for top Chinese and American law students and future leaders in each other’s legal systems.
USCBC President Allen highlighted the important role the US-China Business Council plays in advocating for American business in China. While these may be turbulent times, we are dedicated and committed to bilateral engagement, mutual respect, compromise, and peaceful resolution of differences; “the trade and investment relationship between our two countries has always been the foundation upon which the bilateral relationship rests.”
During Ambassador Cui’s remarks on outcomes of the G-20 meeting and perspectives for future US-China relations, he stated: “Let us work together to build an even stronger foundation for our future relations…to borrow a favorite phrase of the late President Bush, our relations will have ‘ceiling and visibility unlimited.’”
Photos from the event are forthcoming on the official photographer’s website: bit.ly/USCBC18. High definition electronic files or prints may be ordered directly from this site. If you plan to use the images for commercial purposes, please contact Kaveh Sardari directly ([email protected]) to discuss the copyright agreement.
USCBC looks forward to continuing to support our members and promote stronger US-China commercial relations in 2019. Please know that our staff in Washington, DC, Beijing, and Shanghai are ready to assist you with your China-related needs.
Special thank you to our Gala 2018 corporate sponsors that pledged their support:
Chubb, Walmart, Inc., Xcoal Energy & Resources