18 May 2011 Last updated at 00:04 GMT
The APECF delegation visits the U.S.A upon invitation
From April17 to 27, 2011, Executive Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific Exchange & Cooperation Foundation (APECF) Xiao Wunan, Vice Chairman Pian Yunlai and Deputy Secretary-General Gong Tingyu visited Washington DC, New York, Florida, and Hawaii upon the invitation of several American organizations.
While visiting Washington D.C., together with the delegation led by the Secretary-General of China International Economic Exchange Center(CIEEC) Mr. Wei Jianguo, they visited many American think tanks and related organizations, including Bertelsmann Foundation, American Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage Foundation, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Congressional Research Service, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Cato Institute, Brookings Institute and others. The Chinese Ambassador to the US Mr. Zhang Yesui hosted a reception dinner for the delegation members at his official residence.
During their stay in New York, American Jewish leader Jack Rosen hosted a breakfast meeting with the Secretary-General of CIEEC, Mr. Wei Jianguo. They exchanged views extensively on the Sino-U.S. relations and the region’s situation. Co-Chairman of the Foundation, Steven Clark Rockefeller Jr, invited the delegation members to visit his family estate in upstate New York, and hosted a reception dinner for the guests. David Rockefeller and other members of the family also joined the dinner.
The delegation members also paid a special visit to Florida to see Co-Chairman of the Foundation, Leon H.Charney, a renowned American politician and entrepreneur. The delegation presented a report in detail about the foundation’s recent work and future plans.
The delegation members were also invited by the New Hope Church to visit the Hawaii Church Community Center, and had a discussion with the State government, local fire stations, banks and enterprises on how participation in community services increases social harmony. They also held constructive discussions and reached consensus with churches from different regions on resolving social contradictions, increasing mutual understanding among peoples from different races and nations, improving community services, reducing family conflicts and strengthening children's education.