The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations held its annual black-tie Gala Dinner on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

The evening recognized Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman & CEO of Blackstone, and Ian C. Read, Chairman & CEO of Pfizer, Inc. Both companies are dedicated supporters of the National Committee and of constructive U.S.-China relations, and their long-term investments and philanthropy in China have helped strengthen bilateral relations.

Blackstone has invested in China and globally on behalf of Chinese investors for nearly a decade, through offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai. In 2013, Mr. Schwarzman founded Schwarzman Scholars, a highly selective, one-year master’s degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the 21st century. Blackstone and Mr. Schwarzman are being honored for continued high-level engagement with China in business, government, education, and philanthropy.

The largest multinational bio-pharmaceutical company in China, Pfizer began operating there in the late 1980s. The company contributes significantly to economic and workforce development, investing more than one billion USD, operating in over 300 cities with over 10,000 employees. Pfizer’s exemplary corporate citizenship, demonstrated by earning the 2013 China Good Enterprise Fulfilling Corporate Social Responsibility Award, and having been recognized as the best employer in China for four consecutive years, has strengthened the bilateral relationship and earned our accolades.

The Gala provides a significant source of support for the National Committee, a non-partisan organization that seeks to promote better understanding between China and the United States by creating opportunities for informed discussions regarding issues of vital importance. The ballroom will be filled with business leaders, public officials and senior Chinese diplomats gathered to honor Blackstone and Pfizer and look back on the year's significant milestones in Sino-American relations.

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AB InBev
Amgen, Inc.
Boston Consulting Group, Inc.
Centerbridge Partners
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Delta Air Lines
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
First Republic Bank
Fulbright Association
General Atlantic
Hills & Company
Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office
IMAX Corporation
Johnson & Johnson
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Levcor International, Inc.
Sungate Asset Management
The Michaels Companies, Inc.
Third Point LLC
U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Global Intellectual Property Center
Vivint Smart Homes, Inc.


Brixmor Property Group, Inc.
Humberto P. Alfonso
Sino-Century China Private Equity, LLC
Teneo Holdings
The Coca-Cola Company
Viacom Inc.

2015 Gala Dinner Honorary Committee

Honorary Chairs 

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

Honarary Vice Chairs

The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright
The Honorable Michael H. Armacost
The Honorable Jeffrey A. Bader
The Honorable James A. Baker III
The Honorable Samuel R. Berger
The Honorable David L. Boren
The Honorable W. Michael Blumenthal
The Honorable Zbigniew Brzezinski
Mrs. Barbara Bush
The Honorable Elaine L. Chao
Mr. Thomas E. Donilon
The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
The Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin
The Honorable Stephen J. Hadley
The Honorable Lee H. Hamilton
The Honorable Thomas H. Kean
The Honorable Henry A. Kissinger
The Honorable Gary F. Locke
The Honorable Winston Lord
The Honorable John D. Negroponte
The Honorable Leon Panetta
The Honorable Henry M. Paulson, Jr.
The Honorable William J. Perry
General Colin L. Powell
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
The Honorable Richard H. Solomon
Professor Ezra Vogel
The Honorable Paul A. Volcker

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
6:30 PM EDT

The Plaza Hotel
New York, NY

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