On Friday, April 9 the USCPF cohosted a dinner for Premier Zhu Rongji at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. Joining the America-China Society and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations as sponsors were the Asia Society, the Committee of 100, the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S.-China Policy Foundation.
Approximately 100 dignitaries, including General Colin Powell, former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, high-level Administration members, several former ambassadors, and CEOs, greeted Zhu at a reception preceding the dinner and his address.
Joining him on the dais at the 400-person dinner were his wife, Lao An, State Councilor Wang Zhongyu, Foreign Affairs Minister Tang Jiaxuan, Ambassador Li Zhaoxing, Undersecretary of State William Holum, Ambassador James Sasser, former Defense Secretaries William Perry and Richard Cheney, former National Security Advisor Lawrence Eagleberger, Barber Conable of the National Committee, and General Alexander Haig of the America-China Society.
In his address, aired on C-SPAN, Zhu discussed negotiations for China’s entry into the World Trade Organization and explained how membership would help China open its economy further and undertake necessary reforms.
The Foundation’s Policy-Makers program held seminars for its Congressional participants on China’s economy, defense, and international relations. In April Nicholas Lardy of the Brookings Institution and Robert Kapp of the U.S.-China Business Council examined China’s bid for WTO membership and U.S. options. Later that month Sandra Kristoff of New York Life International and James Mulvenon of RAND looked at trade and technology transfer issues in the wake of espionage allegations and export control legislation.
On June 4, David Shambaugh of the Elliott School of International Affairs analyzed China’s current and future military capabilities in light of the Cox Committee report findings. On June 18, former Ambassadors Arthur Hummel and James Lilley addressed the complexities of U.S. relations with China and Taiwan.
At the final session in July, Harry Harding, Dean of the Elliott School conducted a capstone session to prepare the participants for their seven-day trip to China in August.
USCPF GUESTS AT ZHU DINNER
The following individuals and corporations attended the dinner for Premier Zhu as USCPF guests:
Members of the Traveling Party: