On November 15, 2018, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations held its annual black-tie Gala Dinner in New York City. This year, about 450 members and friends, including business, civic, and military leaders, as well as senior American and Chinese diplomats braved the early winter storm to celebrate the $2.3 million raised to support the National Committee’s important work in these challenging and uncertain times.

BlackRock, Inc., a leading asset management firm, was this year’s honoree. Accepting the award was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Laurence D. Fink. BlackRock has made remarkable achievements in China over the past decade, views China as a strategic priority.  It has earned a strong track record there by introducing innovative investment ideas. BlackRock is enthusiastic about partnering with clients in China as they look to achieve better financial outcomes for the long term.

In addition to Mr. Fink, NCUSCR Executive Vice Chair Henry KissingerAmbassador Cui Tiankai, and NCUSCR Chair Carla Hills and President Steve Orlins made brief remarks; NCUSCR Vice Chair Evan Greenberg introduced Mr. Fink. Noted jazz singer (and a fellow of the National Committee’s Young Leaders ForumJasmine Chen, fresh from her appearance in the summer blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians, entertained the audience with several songs.

The Gala provides a significant source of support for the National Committee, a non-partisan and non-profit organization that seeks to promote better understanding between the United States and China by creating opportunities for informed dialogue regarding issues of critical bilateral and global importance.

View honorees, lists of supporters, photos, and videos from past years by clicking on the sidebar to the right.



($100K and above)

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 Perfect World Entertainment                                    Sanofi U.S.






($75K and above)

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Yihai North America


($50K and above)


                                                                          Ernst & Young U.S. LLP                                                              





($25K and above)

Cisco Systems, Inc.
Deloitte & Touche LLP
The Estée Lauder Companies
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Lybess Sweezy and Ken Miller
Marsh & McLennan Companies
PayPal, Inc. 
Pfizer, Inc.
Seebon LLC
Sidley Austin LLP
Wall Street Investment Group, Inc.
The Walt Disney Company
NextWave Investment Strategies


($15K and above)

Amgen, Inc.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Hills and Company
Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, USA
Microsoft Corporation
MSA Capital
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
PNC Financial Group Services, Inc.

Thursday, November 15, 2018
6:30 PM EST

Grand Hyatt New York
New York, NY


Honorary Chairs

President George H.W. Bush
President James Earl Carter, Jr.


Geraldine Buckingham, Global Head of Corporate Strategy, BlackRock, Inc. 

Honorary Vice-Chairs

The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright
The Honorable Michael H. Armacost
The Honorable Jeffrey Bader
The Honorable James A. Baker, III
The Honorable Charlene Barshefsky
Admiral Dennis C. Blair
The Honorable W. Michael Blumenthal
The Honorable R. Nicholas Burns
The Honorable William Burns
The Honorable Julia Chang Bloch
The Honorable Elaine L. Chao
The Honorable William J. Fallon
The Honorable Thomas B. Fargo
The Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin
The Honorable Chuck Hagel
The Honorable Thomas H. Kean
The Honorable John Kerry
The Honorable Henry A. Kissinger
The Honorable Darin LaHood
The Honorable Rick Larsen
The Honorable Jacob J. Lew
The Honorable Gary F. Locke
Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III
The Honorable Winston Lord
The Honorable Robert C. McFarlane
The Honorable Leon Panetta
The Honorable Sean Patrick Maloney
The Honorable William J. Perry
General Colin L. Powell
The Honorable Clark T. Randt, Jr.
The Honorable Robert E. Rubin
The Honorable Gregorio C. Sablan
The Honorable James R. Sasser
The Honorable Brent Scowcroft
The Honorable George P. Shultz

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  • National Committee on U.S.-China Relations 2018 Gala Dinner

    The National Committee honored BlackRock, Inc., at its annual black-tie Gala Dinner in New York City on November 15, 2018.

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