summit celebrates key milestone in u.s.-china relations
Hundreds of business, government and civic leaders gathered last week for a day-long event hosted by the Florence Fang Family Foundation that celebrated the 40th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the U.S. and China. The event, co-hosted by the Bay Area Council, Peking University Education Foundation and the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee, focused on the immense economic, social and cultural benefits that have flowed from the relationship between the U.S. and China, even as a trade war grips the two countries. Speakers included Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff, Council CEO Jim Wunderman, Bush China Foundation CEO David Firestein, Consul General of the Peoples Republic of China in San Francisco Wang Donghua, Bay Area Council Economic Institute Senior Advisor Dr. Sean Randolph and a host of other business, government and academic leaders. In keynote remarks, Randolph addressed both the current tensions and important role that groups like the Council along with cities, regions and states can play to help deepen understanding and partnership between the two countries. Randolph has done extensive research into the Bay Area’s relationship with China. To engage in the Council’s China Program, please contact Chief of Global Business Development Del Christensen.
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