Wednesday, November 15, 2023 | 8:00 PM PST - 11:00 PM PST

San Francisco, California

The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations co-hosted a dinner welcoming China’s President Xi Jinping on November 15, 2023 in San Francisco, following the meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and President Xi during the 2023 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo also delivered remarks at the event. 

The National Committee and its co-host, the US-China Business Council, were honored to host President Xi and Secretary Raimondo, consistent with our longstanding tradition of conducting events for visiting leaders from China. These events give people from both countries the opportunity to hear directly from Chinese and U.S. government leaders. Constructive communication leads to a more stable and productive U.S.-China relationship and is in the best interest of both countries and the global community.

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Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping, male, Han ethnicity, was born in June 1953 and is from Fuping, Shaanxi Province, China. He began his first job in January 1969 and joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in January 1974. Xi graduated from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University where he completed an in-service graduate program. He holds a Doctor of Law degree.

Xi is currently General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, Chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission, President of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and Chairman of the PRC Central Military Commission.

Gina Raimondo

Gina M. Raimondo serves as the 40th U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris on March 3, 2021. As Secretary of Commerce, she is focused on a simple but vital mission — to spur good-paying jobs, empower entrepreneurs to innovate and grow, and help American workers and businesses compete.

Secretary Raimondo was formerly the 75th Governor of Rhode Island and its first woman governor. She grew up in Smithfield in a tight-knit Italian-American family, the youngest of Joseph and Josephine Raimondo’s three children. Her family history and her childhood experiences shaped her core beliefs in hard work, opportunity for all, and the importance of financial security.

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