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China Council 37th Annual Banquet: discussion, celebration

WSCRC 37th

The Washington State China Relations Council roared back, after a relatively quiet period of leadership transition from last summer, with its 37th annual banquet, packed as ever, on March 15 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center. With the theme “The Future of U.S.-China Trade Relations,” Carla Hills, former U.S. Trade Representative under President George H. W. Bush, introduced by Gary Locke, former U.S. ambassador to China, gave the keynote speech. Sentiments, however, over the uncertainty in U.S.-China trade were voiced by various speakers as well as the audience in the Q&A. On the more practical side, the event was one of welcoming in the new and celebrating the old. The new was Council’s new president, Mercy Kuo, and its new chairman, T. Andrew Wilson. The old was Robert Kapp, Council’s founding executive director, who received the 2017 Sidney Rittenberg Award from Stan Barer, a founder of the Council. Here are some sights or sightings from the banquet. --Wen Liu 03/16/17

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T. Andrew Wilson Mercy Kuo Carla Hills Andrew Wilson, Robert Kapp Stan and Alta Barer with Kapp Mercy Kuo, Barers, Andy Wilson Bill Franklin, Sandy Marvinney, Joe Borich Robert Kapp with Pat Davis Sam Kaplan with Joe Borich Kristi Heim with Robert Pong Carla Hills with Mercy Kuo Conrad Lee, Michael Li and friend Nelson Dong, Andy Wilson, Kristi Heim David Reid and friend Tabitha Mallory, Robert Kapp, Kaiming Chan Jim Young and Gregg Rodgers Kristi Heim, Carla Hills, friend With Min Christ, Bob Kapp, Linda Eng, Sandy Marvinney