NEW YORK, April 6 (Xinhua) -- More than 100 prominent Chinese Americans in business, government, academic, arts and other fields gathered here on Friday to discuss China-U.S. relationship and future collaborations of the two countries.
The Committee of 100 (C100), a premier U.S. organization of Chinese-American leaders from different fields, is holding its 30th anniversary and annual conference on April 5-7, with the theme "New Visions for the United States and China."
Maurice R. Greenberg, renowned U.S. entrepreneur, China Reform Friendship Medal recipient, said at the press conference that he was "positive" about the future of the relationship between the United States and China.
The two countries should bridge their differences and keep working together to make the world a safer place, he stressed.
"China and the United States are still bounded by strong common interests and responsibilities... in spite of all the differences, the two countries are more interdependent than ever. The right approach to address our differences is dialogue. China's development will create even more opportunities for the United States," said Huang Ping, Chinese consul general in New York, while delivering a keynote speech.
Both China and the United States need "a culture of constructive realism," said Kevin Rudd, president of the non-profit Asia Society Policy Institute, noting that despite "a range of difficult challenges in the bilateral relationship," the two sides can still "make real and substantial progress... over time."
At Friday's conference, I.M. Pei, globally renowned Chinese-American architect, Morris Chang, founder of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, and Greenberg were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their contribution to the legacy of strengthening U.S.-China relations and friendship.
With some 150 members who are Chinese-American leaders in business, government, academia and arts, C100 aims to facilitate bilateral communication and mutual understanding, to promote the participation of all Chinese Americans in American society.