Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | 6:30 PM EDT - 10:00 PM EDT

The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations held our annual black-tie Gala Dinner on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, at The Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York.

This year’s honoree is former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry A. Kissinger. In 1971, Dr. Kissinger made a secret visit to China and laid the foundations for the establishment of formal relations between the United States and China. This pioneering diplomatic work and his thought leadership in the five decades since are integral to our understanding of U.S.-China relations. Dr. Kissinger has been our executive vice chair for many years, and in 1986 the National Committee honored him at our inaugural gala. Now, on the occasion of his 100th birthday, we once again honored him and his remarkable legacy.

In addition to featuring remarks from both Dr. Kissinger and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner, this year’s Gala served as the conclusion of our U.S.-China People’s Dialogue featuring American and Chinese luminaries from various industries.

Like Dr. Kissinger, the National Committee has been at the forefront of the dynamic Sino-American relationship since our founding in 1966. Over the subsequent five decades, the National Committee has been committed to promoting forthright dialogue, mutual understanding, and constructive cooperation. Our programs and activities play an essential role in promoting economic integration and world peace.

2023 Gala Sponsors

Founder Level Sponsor

Cornerstone Level Sponsor

Chair Level Sponsors

Leader Level Sponsors

Benefactor Level Sponsors

The Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin
Laurion Capital Management LP
Michael A. Peterson Fund at Fidelity Charitable
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
Vista Equity Partners
Yihai G2 Foundation

Patron Level Sponsors

Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Hills & Company, International Consultants
LA Fashion Week, A N4XT Experience
Perfect World Zhengqi Ltd.
Warburg Pincus LLC

Honorary Chair

President Bill Clinton

Honorary Vice Chairs

Secretary James A. Baker III
Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky
Ambassador Maxwell S. Baucus
Admiral Dennis C. Blair
Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch
Secretary W. Michael Blumenthal
Representative Charles W. Boustany Jr.
Mr. Neil M. Bush
Secretary Elaine L. Chao
Secretary William S. Cohen
Mr. Thomas E. Donilon
Admiral Thomas B. Fargo
Secretary Barbara H. Franklin
Ambassador Carla A. Hills
Governor Thomas H. Kean
Dr. Jim Yong Kim
Senator Mark S. Kirk
Dr. Henry A. Kissinger
Governor Gary F. Locke
Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III
Ambassador Winston Lord
Secretary Henry M. Paulson
Secretary William J. Perry
Admiral Joseph W. Prueher
Ambassador Clark T. Randt Jr.
Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy
Secretary Robert E. Rubin
Mr. Daniel R. Russel
Representative Gregorio K. Sablan
Ambassador James Sasser
Ms. Susan A. Thornton