The National Committee and the New York Stock Exchange celebrated the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and China with the ringing of New York Stock Exchange opening bell by National Committee president Stephen Orlins at 9:30 a.m. on January 5, 2009.

Accompanying Orlins at the opening were Henry Kissinger, National Committee director and former secretary of state; Zhang Yesui, China's ambassador to the United Nations; Peng Keyu, China's consul general in New York; David Stern, commissioner of the National Basketball Association; Duncan Niederauer, CEO and director, NYSE Euronext, Inc.; and Jan Berris, vice president of the National Committee.

"We are celebrating how far the United States and China have come together in the past three decades and the wisdom of those who laid the foundation for this relationship. The 45 PRC companies with a market capitalization of $802 billion that are listed on the NYSE are emblematic of the economic integration of the two countries," said Orlins. "As we celebrate the past, we need to further improve this most important relationship for the 21st century in order to deal with the problems that jointly confront our two nations."

The opening bell is seen by 100 million viewers each day on television outlets including CNBC and Bloomberg, and can be seen in the video drawer at right.

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