US-China Relationship Summit Held in San Francisco
August 24, 2019
On August 24, 2019, the US-China Relationship Summit (Past 40 years, the Present and Future) was held in San Francisco. The one-day conference was hosted by the Florence Fang Family Foundation, co-organized by Peking University Education Foundation (USA) (“PKUEF (USA)”), Bay Area Council and other local nonprofit organizations to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of China-U.S. diplomatic relations. More than 500 American and Chinese government officials, scholars, entrepreneurs and business leaders attended the Summit.
The guest speakers included Chinese Consul General in San Francisco Donghua Wang, founder and Vice Chairman of PKUEF (USA) Weifang Min, Vice Chairman of Peking University Council Jingyi Ye, Californian Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, State Senator Jerry Hill, Mayor of Oakland city Libby Schaaf, CEO of the Bay Area Council Jim Wunderman, and Director of the Bay Area Association Sean Randolph. Secretary-General of Peking University Education Foundation Yuning Li and President of PKUEF (USA) Lynn Zhao attended the Summit.
The Chinese ambassador to the United States Tiankai Cui, Former President Jimmy Carter, US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, US Senator Diane Feinstein, Governor of California Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Peking University President Ping Hao, Stanford University President Marc Tessier Lavigne and other leaders and officials extended congratulations to the opening of the Summit, thanking the Committee for their efforts in promoting exchanges and cooperation between China and the U.S. “
Florence Fang, Chair of the Summit and honorary trustee of Peking University, said in her speech: “The United States of America & the People’s Republic of China’s relationship kicked off on April 1971, when the national American Table Tennis team visited China, known by the world as the “Ping-Pong Diplomacy”.
“During these past 40 years, the two countries’ relationship has been up and down, but has gone in a positively forward. Although the last couple years have been turbulent, I think the base of the relationship, people-to-people friendship has to continue. That is why I am motivated to have this Summit. ”
“Today’s commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of normalized relations between the United States and China, is not just a celebration. But also to reflect on the past, examine the present and hope for the future.”