November 26th, 2018

Xiao Wunan invited to attend centennial celebration of American Jewish Congress

(From, Correspondent: Li Chuanjun) On November 26, 2018, supported by the Asia Pacific Exchange & Cooperation Foundation and hosted by the American Jewish Congress, centennial celebrations and award-presentation dinner in commemoration of the American Jewish Congress was successfully held at the Metropolitan Club in New York. Mr. Xiao Wunan, Executive Vice Chairman of the Asia Pacific Exchange & Cooperation Foundation, led a delegation to participate in the event. Nearly 500 prominent politicians and celebrities from all over the world, including famous Jewish Americans, well-known American politicians, members of Congress and Mr. Joe Kennedy III, a descendant of the Kennedy family, and Mr. Huang Ping, Consul General of the Chinese Consulate General in New York, attended the event.

Mr. Xiao Wunan (right) meets Congressman Joe Kennedy III

Jack Rosen, a Co-Chairman of the Asia Pacific Exchange & Cooperation Foundation and Chairman of American Jewish Congress, delivered the keynote speech in which he presented his unique views on Jewish history, culture and future responsibilities to the world, winning applause. Congressman Joe Kennedy III also gave a speech, explaining his constructive views on the future of the Jewish community in forging social harmony in the United States, safeguarding world peace and promoting human prosperity. The whole event was filled with the joy of Christmas and the New Year.

 Mr. Xiao Wunan (second from right), Mr. Dai Shang (first from left), a famous New York entrepreneur, and Mr. Wang Kaiyuan (first from right), a famous Chinese scholar in the United States, pose for a group photo during the event

The American Jewish Congress is an organization aiming at defending the rights of American Jews and protecting all minorities from prejudice and discrimination. It was founded 100 years ago by more than 300,000 American Jews who elected 400 delegates to gather in the Philadelphia Independence Hall under the visionary leadership of Rabbi Stephen Samuel Wise, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis and prominent lawyer Louis Marshall. It has successfully promoted and led Martin Luther King's civil rights movement, the abolition of apartheid by South African leader Nelson Mandela and other events that have changed human destiny. It is also the most influential political organization in the United States. It has introduced many Jews into government, such as former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's campaign teams have been strongly supported by the American Jewish Congress. Hillary Clinton won the Lifelong Achievement Award awarded by the President of the American Jewish Congress. After becoming President of the United States, Barack Obama has been regarded by many Jews as the "first Jewish President of the United States". Mr. Jack Rosen, Co-Chairman of the Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation, has long held the chairmanship of this organization.

Mr. Xiao Wunan (right) and Mr. Jack Rosen, Chairman of American Jewish Congress, pose for a group photo

The Asia Pacific Exchange & Cooperation Foundation has established a long term cooperative relationship with the American Jewish Congress. They have jointly played an active and constructive role in promoting Sino-US relations. During the recent Sino-US trade dispute, the American Jewish Congress has exerted its unique influence and played a unique role in building a sustainable and stable bilateral relationship between China and the United States. During the meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump at the G20 Summit in Argentina on December 1, President Xi said: "Both China and the United States are big powers and have important influences. We all bear great responsibility for world peace and prosperity. Only through our cooperation can we promote world peace and prosperity." These two institutions have pledged to make due efforts and contributions to the realization of this goal.

Mr. Xiao Wunan (left) and Ambassador Huang Ping, Consul General of the Chinese Consulate General in New York, pose for a group photo