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Delegation of Committee of 100 Visits Shanghai
    On October 20, Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong met with a delegation of the Committee of 100 in the United States, led by its president Herman Li.
    Mayor Yang Xiong thanked the organization for its efforts at promoting the Sino-US relations and deepening their mutual understanding and for its care and support for Shanghai’s development, and expressed appreciation to it for establishing “Committee of 100 Leadership Scholarship Program” to encourage Chinese college students to study hard. He said that during President Xi Jinping’s recent successful visit to the United States, the heads of the two countries reached consensus on many issues, which will have a profound impact on the development of the relations between the two countries. At present, Shanghai is propelling innovation-driven development and economic transformation and upgrading, and the building of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone is progressing smoothly, which has made a batch of institutional innovations that can be copied and extended to China’s further reform and opening up. We are stepping up the building of a science & technology innovation center with a global reach and there is an increasingly more favorable atmosphere for innovation and startups in the city. Moreover, Shanghai is striving for an international economic, financial, trade and shipping center and an international cultural metropolis. All these have opened up broad prospects for more cooperation between China and the United States. He hoped that the Committee of 100 will play a bigger role in all this and continue to support and participate in Shanghai’s development and offer profound insights for the drawing of the 13th Five-Year Plan of Shanghai. We will also actively support its expansion of cooperation with Shanghai.
    Herman Li and some other members of the delegation said that Shanghai plays an important role in the Sino-US relations. Of the Committee of 100 members, many were born in Shanghai and they cherish a deep affection for the city. The members of the organization will give play to their professional backgrounds and strengthen cooperation and exchange with Shanghai in the economic, trade, scientific & technological fields.
    As a non-government organization, the Committee of 100 was founded in 1989 in the United States by Chinese Americans, whose members include renowned architect Leoh Ming Pei and Cellist Yo-Yo Ma.