The USCBC's 2011 Gala, held at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, DC, featured White House Chief of Staff William Daley as the keynote speaker. Nearly 400 people attended the event, which was co-sponsored by 38 USCBC member companies. Special guests included PRC Ambassador to the United States Zhang Yesui, Madame Ambassador Chen Naiqing, and Reps. Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Charles Boustany (R-LA), US-China Working Group co-chairs.
USCBC recognized the US Department of State's 100,000 Strong Initiative as its 2011 honoree for advancing US-China relations. The 100,000 Strong Initiative is designed to dramatically increase the number and diversify the composition of American students studying in China.
USCBC also made a $15,000 contribution to The Five Project, which will allow the organization to broaden its reach by introducing on-site training in remote areas of northeastern China. The mission of The Five Project is to increase the capacity of autism and other disability organizations in China and to provide effective intervention services to support self-help and self-advocacy skills in Chinese individuals with disabilities and their families. (Dec. 7)