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Committee of 100 : Annual Conference to Explore Most Pressing Topics on U.S.-China Relations and Chinese-American Issues

04/23/2018 | 09:05am EDT

Hosted in Silicon Valley, discussions will focus on U.S.-China trade, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, technology entrepreneurism, and artificial intelligence

An estimated 500 leaders and major influencers in government, business, technology, academia, and media are expected to attend the Committee of 100 (C100) 2018 Annual Conference, the nation’s premier forum on U.S.-China relations and Chinese-American advancement. The 2018 conference will be held on May 5-6, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California. With the theme, “Silicon Valley: Bridge between the United States and China,” this much-anticipated summit will focus on timely trade, economic, and technology issues and the role of Silicon Valley and Chinese-Americans as a bridge between the two countries.

Developments in U.S.-China relations can have significant local and global impact. According to the Committee of 100 U.S.-China Public Perceptions 2017 Survey, the $350 billion U.S. trade deficit is the top concern among Americans regarding the relationship between the two countries. In contrast, a majority of Americans agree that U.S.-China trade is beneficial to the U.S. economy and Chinese investment should be encouraged. A panel dedicated to the topic will discuss these differing viewpoints and highlight opportunities for improvement within the trade relationship.

Other topics include a discussion on the geopolitical and global impact of President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative; the intersection of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship between the U.S. and Silicon Valley; and a fireside chat on the state of AI technology advancement and its long-term implications in the U.S.-China relationship.

Immediately following the May 5th summit, an awards gala dinner is scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., as well as a C100 town hall meeting the next day (May 6th) from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Keynotes & Welcome Remarks (In Order of Appearance):

  • Ro Khanna, U.S. Representative, D-CA 17th District
  • Janet Lamkin, California President, United Airlines
  • Chas Freeman, Senior Fellow, Brown University’s Watson Institute; Former Assistant Secretary of Defense; Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
  • JIN Liqun, Inaugural President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
  • Gary Locke, Former U.S. Ambassador to China; Former Governor of Washington; Former Secretary of Commerce
  • Max Baucus, Former U.S. Ambassador to China
  • QIU Yong, President, Tsinghua University

Panel, Fireside Chat and American Journeys Speakers:

Panel 1: U.S.-China Trade and Economic Outlook

  • George Koo (Panel Chair), C100 Member
  • Chas Freeman, Senior Fellow, Brown University’s Watson Institute; Former Assistant Secretary of Defense; Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
  • Susan Shirk, Chair, 21st Century China Center, School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC-San Diego; Former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
  • Yukon Huang, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment; Former County Director for China, World Bank

Panel 2: Belt and Road Initiative

  • Henry Tang (Panel Chair), C100 Member
  • David Lampton, Chairman, The Asia Foundation; Professor and Director of China Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • FAN Gang, Director, National Economic Research Institute, China Reform Foundation
  • Huiyao (Henry) Wang, Founder and President, Center for China and Globalization

Panel 3: Tech Entrepreneurism from Silicon Valley and China

  • Chi-Foon Chan (Panel Chair), President and CEO, Synopsis; C100 Member
  • Jonathan Woetzel, Director, McKinsey Global Institute; Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Ya-Qin Zhang, President, Baidu, Inc.; C100 Member

Summit Luncheon Fireside Chat

  • Michelle Lee, Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Buck Gee, C100 2018 Annual Conference Co-Chair and Board Member of Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

Fireside Chat on Artificial Intelligence

  • Fei-Fei Li, Chief Scientist, Google Cloud AI/ML; Director, Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab & Stanford Vision Lab, Stanford University
  • Jerry Yang, Co-Founder and Former CEO of Yahoo! Inc.; C100 Member
  • Ya-Qin Zhang, President, Baidu Inc.; C100 Member

Chinese American Journeys

  • Linda Tsao Yang, Chair Emerita, Asian Corporation Governance Association; C100 Member

Conversation on Chinese American Leadership

  • Chi-Foon Chan, President and CEO, Synopsis
  • Tony Chan, President, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Jenny Ming, President and CEO, Charlotte Russe
  • Walter Wang, President and CEO, JM Eagle
  • Janet Yang, President, Janet Yang Productions

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
5101 Great American Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054


To register online, obtain agenda information, or for more information about The Committee of 100 2018 Annual Conference, please visit www.committee100.org/2018acsf/.


The Committee of 100 welcomes media who are employed by accredited news organizations to apply for complimentary media credentials to cover our Annual Meeting. Media registration requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. For more information about media registration and press policies, and to register for on-site coverage, please click here. On-site media registration will not be available.


The media will be invited to join a pre-conference media phone briefing hosted by C100 leaders and select speakers. The briefing is scheduled for Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018, at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET and it will address main themes, trends, and conversations around the key topics to watch for and that will be discussed at the Committee of 100 annual conference. To register for the briefing and/or the conference, please click here.


Our top sponsors include Mr. Oscar Tang, Mr. H. Roger Wang, Fortinet and Exclusive Networks, Kenson Ventures LLC, J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation, JM Eagle, and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. The conference’s official airline is United Airlines. Our full list of sponsors can be viewed here.

For conference updates and to join the conversation please follow our hashtag #C100CONF2018 on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


The Committee of 100 is a membership organization of Chinese Americans dedicated to the spirit of excellence and achievement in America. It is registered as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit headquartered in New York City and has active regional chapters in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Beijing. The Committee’s purpose is to provide leadership and act as a constructive force in promoting the full participation of all Chinese Americans in American society and acting as a public policy resource for the Chinese-American community, as well as promoting constructive dialogue and relationships between the peoples and leaders of the United States and Greater China. www.committee100.org

© Business Wire 2018
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