Honoree Richard Gelfond

Honoree Klaus Kleinfeld

Ensemble from The Philadelphia Orchestra

The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations held its annual black-tie Gala Dinner on Wednesday, October 16 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

The evening recognized Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and CEO of Alcoa, and Richard Gelfond, CEO of IMAX. Both companies are dedicated supporters of the National Committee and constructive U.S.-China relations. Their long-term investments and philanthropy in China have helped strengthen bilateral relations.

A chamber ensemble representing The Philadelphia Orchestra performed a short program, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of its National Committee-arranged 1973 tour of China. That visit was the first-ever visit of a western orchestra to the PRC, and followed on the heels of visits by Dr. Henry Kissinger and the ping pong team. Read more here.

Photos from the Evening:

2013 Gala Dinner - Part One

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Opening Remarks by National Committee President Stephen Orlins
Remarks by State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan
Introduction of the Philadelphia Orchestra by Kati Marton
Performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra ensemble

2013 Gala Dinner - Part Two

Please see the links below to view a specific portion of the event:
Remarks by National Committee Chairman Carla Hills
Remarks by Ambassador Cui Tiankai
Henry Kissinger Introduces Alcoa Honoree Klaus Kleinfeld
Discussion with Klaus Kleinfeld and Stephen Orlins
Yue-sai Kan Introduces IMAX Honoree Richard Gelfond
Discussion with Richard Gelfond and Stephen Orlins

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Starr Foundation

Tishman Speyer
West Legend Corp
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Citi Cravath, Swain & Moore
Morgan Stanley United

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AMC Theatres/Wanda Group
Amgen, Inc.
Archer Daniels Midland Company
China Construction America, Inc.
Cineplex Entertainment
Comcast/NBC Universal
Credit Suisse
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Dow Jones & Company
DreamWorks Animation SKG
Empire Theaters Limited
Evercore Partners
Global Intellectual Property Center - U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Global Strategic Associates
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Greenberg Traurig
Hills & Company
Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office
John S. Chen
Johnson & Johnson
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Levcor International, Inc.
Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP
New York Stock Exchange
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Stony Brook University
Sungate Properties
The Raine Group
The Walt Disney Company
Viacom and Paramount Pictures
Warner Bros. Entertainment
Wells Fargo
Westwood Cabinetry Inc.
Yiwen USA


Ken Miller & Lybess Sweezy
Jones Day
Barbara Franklin Enterprises
Discovery Communications
The Coca-Cola Company
Delaware North Companies
Cranemere Inc.
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz LLP
Crowell & Moring LLP
China Guardian (USA)
Corning Incorporated
Regal Cinemas

Honorary Chairs

The Honorable James Earl Carter, Jr.
The Honorable George H.W. Bush

Honorary Vice-Chairs

The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright
The Honorable Michael H. Armacost
The Honorable James A. Baker, III
The Honorable Max Baucus
The Honorable W. Michael Blumenthal
The Honorable David L. Boren
The Honorable Zbigniew Brzezinski
The Honorable Elaine L. Chao
The Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin
The Honorable Robert Gates
The Honorable Lee H. Hamilton
The Honorable Thomas H. Kean
The Honorable Henry A. Kissinger
The Honorable Winston Lord
The Honorable William J. Perry
General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)
The Honorable Joseph W. Prueher
The Honorable Clark T. Randt, Jr.
The Honorable J. Stapleton Roy
The Honorable Robert E. Rubin
The Honorable James R. Sasser
The Honorable Brent Scowcroft
The Honorable George P. Shultz
Professor Ezra F. Vogel
The Honorable Paul A. Volcker
The Honorable John M. Walker, Jr.
The Honorable Robert B. Zoellick

Note: Ensemble from the Philadelphia Orchestra photo credit Chris Lee

at a glance

2012 GALA
2010 GALA
2009 Gala
2008 Gala
2007 Gala
Past Gala Keynotes