At the conclusion of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in late July, roughly 600 guests from the PRC delegation, US government, private sector, and think-tank community attended a reception and dinner honoring PRC Vice Premier Wang Qishan, State Councilor Dai Bingguo, and the PRC delegation to the S&ED. The US-China Business Council (USCBC), the National Committee on US-China Relations, and 12 other organizations jointly hosted the dinner.
During the dinner, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Wang, and Dai delivered remarks, emphasizing their firm commitment to maintaining a constructive bilateral relationship. Carla Hills, National Committee on US-China Relations chair and Hills & Co. CEO; Henry Kissinger, America-China Forum Chair and Kissinger Associates chair; Andrew Liveris, USCBC Chair and Dow Chemical Co. Chairman and CEO; and Robert Rubin, Council on Foreign Relations co-chair, also offered brief remarks.
Senior company executives met with members of the PRC delegation at a private reception before the dinner. On display was a model of the US Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo, which opens in May 2010. Several USCBC members are sponsors of the US Pavilion.