Committee of 100 US-China Conference: Chas Freeman, Jin Liqun, Gary Locke and Max Baucus to Keynote; Sherry Chen, on Heels of Win, to Speak

May 4 press conference for wrongly accused Sherry Chen after judge rules in her favor;

May 5-6 summit supports C100’s dual mission to promote stronger US-China ties and Chinese-American advancement

NEW YORK & SANTA CLARA, Calif.--()--Prominent leaders and experts will keynote the highly-anticipated Committee of 100 (C100) 2018 Annual Conference, the nation’s premier forum on U.S.-China relations and Chinese-American advancement. The summit will take place from May 5-May 6, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California, under the theme, “Silicon Valley: Bridge Between the United States and China.” The conference also features a Town Hall with a series of TED-style talks by C100 members and Sherry Chen sharing their journeys as Chinese-Americans.

“Silicon Valley: Bridge Between the United States and China.”

An estimated 500 summit attendees will hear from the following keynote speakers:

  • Chas Freeman, Senior Fellow, Brown University’s Watson Institute; Former Assistant Secretary of Defense; Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
  • Jin Liqun, inaugural President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
  • Gary Locke, Former U.S. Ambassador to China, Former Governor of Washington, and Former Secretary of Commerce
  • Max Baucus, Former U.S. Ambassador to China

These distinguished speakers, along with conference panels, will provide insights on timely political, trade, economic, and technology issues. For example, U.S.-China’s temperamental “trade war” and its global impact, where recently, Chinese investment in the U.S. has fallen by more than a third from $46B (Source: CBS News).

Sherry Chen, a Civil Servant Restored

Even though espionage charges were dropped in a lengthy struggle with the federal government, award-winning civil servant and hydrologist Sherry Chen was fired from the National Weather Service in 2015. A few days ago, Chen received vindication as a U.S. judge of the Merit Systems Protection Board ordered the organization to restore her position and provide backpay. For her first public appearance after the ruling, Chen will share her story at a May 4, 10:30 a.m. PT press conference and TED-style talk at the C100 annual conference on May 6.

Chen will be accompanied by Brian Sun, managing partner of the Los Angeles office of the international law firm, Jones Day. Sun previously represented Wen Ho Lee in a winning court case, where Lee, a Chinese-American, was wrongfully accused of espionage 20 years ago.

Media Registration

Accredited media can apply for complimentary media credentials to cover the following:

  • Pre-Conference Media Phone Briefing: Wednesday, May 2, 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET
  • Sherry Chen Press Conference: Friday, May 4, 10:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. ET, Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA
  • 2018 Annual Conference: Saturday, May 5 – Sunday, May 6, Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA

To register for one, two or all of the above events, to view press policies and more information, please click here. Media registration requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. On-site media registration will not be available.

General Registration, Conference Agenda Information

Interested parties can register to attend the C100 2018 Annual Conference here. To obtain agenda information, or for more information, please visit

For conference updates and to join the conversation, please follow our hashtag #C100CONF2018 on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About The Committee of 100

The Committee of 100 (C100) is a non-profit leadership organization of prominent Chinese Americans in business, government, academia, and the arts. Founded by world renowned architect I.M. Pei and internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, among others, it is an institution for U.S. citizens of Chinese heritage to join by invitation based on their extraordinary achievements. For over 25 years, C100 has served as a preeminent organization committed to the twin missions of promoting full participation of Chinese Americans in all aspects of American life, and encouraging constructive relations between the peoples of the United States and Greater China.


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Committee of 100 US-China Conference: Chas Freeman, Jin Liqun, Gary Locke and Max Baucus to Keynote; Sherry Chen, on Heels of Win, to Speak

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