On November 21, 2013, the Ford-supported 100,000 Strong Foundation convened its inaugural conference at American University’s School of International Service. Chinese vice premier Liu Yandong delivered keynote remarks in which she discussed the importance of student exchange and the need for increased cultural understanding between the two nations.


Nearly 400 US and Chinese officials, business leaders, academics, and students participated in the daylong discussion about the importance of the US-China strategic relationship and the role of study abroad in strengthening bilateral ties. Participants included the Ford Foundation's President Darren Walker, Assistant Secretary of State Danny Russel, Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman, and American University's President Neil Kerwin.

 

Dareen Walker flanked by esteemed guests and speakers. 2013.  This image is not available under the 4.0 Creative Commons license. Darren Walker flanked by esteemed guests and speakers including The Honorable Cui Tiankai, PRC Ambassador to the U.S.; Elizabeth Knup, the Ford Foundation’ China representative; Carola McGiffert, president of the 100,000 Strong Foundation.

 

 

Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong with Ford Foundation President Darren Walker. This image is not available under the 4.0 Creative Commons license. Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong with Ford Foundation President Darren Walker.

 

 

100,000 Strong Foundation board member Florence Fang addresses the group. This image is not available under the 4.0 Creative Commons license. 100,000 Strong Foundation board member Florence Fang addresses the group.
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