The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR) and the US-China Business Council (USCBC) hosted a dinner welcoming the president of the People’s Republic of China, President Xi Jinping, following the long-anticipated meeting between President Biden and President Xi during the 2023 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting in San Francisco on November 15, 2023.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo delivered a welcome on behalf of the administration before President Xi addressed the audience of nearly 400 business leaders, government officials, American citizens, and academics. California Governor Gavin Newsom and Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis also attended the event. Remarks from both can be viewed in their entirety on NCUSCR and USCBC websites. 

Both organizations issued the following statement:

“We were honored to host President Xi consistent with our longstanding tradition of co-hosting events for visiting leaders from China. These events give people from both countries the opportunity to hear directly from Chinese and US government leaders. Constructive communication leads to a more stable and productive US-China relationship and is in the best interest of both countries and the global community.”

This event was organized in cooperation with the Asia Society, Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and China General Chamber of Commerce – USA.