New York, N.Y. (May 31, 2018) — Earlier this month, the Committee of 100 — the nation’s premier organization focused on U.S.-China relations and Chinese American advancement — honored and awarded four individuals for their Leadership and Lifetime Achievements in Advancing U.S.-China Relations.
C100 Conference Co-Chair Ken Fong honored Chen Tianqiao as not just the first tech entrepreneur billionaire in China but someone whose philanthropic contributions to an American research institution [CalTech] has helped to “forge a better understanding and collaboration between the U.S and China.”
Ambassador Linda Tsao Yang is a longtime C100 member and Chair Emerita of the Asian Corporation Governance Association. Ambassador Yang was recognized at the Awards Gala Dinner as the Honorary Conference Co-Chair and for her lifetime achievements in Diplomatic Service and her contributions to furthering U.S.-China relations. Among her many firsts, Ambassador Yang was the first woman appointed by the U.S. Government to the board of a multilateral financial institution and was the U.S. Executive Director and Ambassador to the Board of the Asian Development Bank from 1993 to 1999. Ambassador Yang received a standing ovation and said, “To be honored by my peers, this is the greatest honor I could ever dream of. Thank you all.”
In addition to the three gala dinner honorees, C100 surprised Dr. David M. Lampton earlier in the day with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Advancing U.S.-China Relations. Dr. Lampton has been a close friend and member of C100’s Advisory Council since 2007. He is Hyman Professor and Director of China Studies at the prestigious Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and announced he will be retiring this summer.