China has been in the news a lot lately. From naval exercises in the South China Sea to changes in the diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and China with the election of a new president, it’s clear that China, in addition to being an economic powerhouse, is landing front and center on the world diplomatic stage.
With that in mind, it’s more important than ever for businesses to be aware of the shifting political climate and to promote a good relationship between the two countries.
That’s where the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations comes in. For 50 years, the National Committee has been at the forefront in fostering constructive, beneficial relations, from ping-pong diplomacy to welcoming President Xi Jinping on his most recent visit.
Obviously, business relations are a big part of the U.S.-China equation. Thus, it stands to reason that the National Committee’s board would have among its members a good number of investment professionals and top-flight business executives.
Take, for example, Bill E. Ford, president and CEO of General Atlantic. Ford has a long history of philanthropy and community service beyond his work with the National Committee. He has served as trustee and vice chair of the board of The Rockefeller University and has also served on the boards of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
National Committee Board Chair Carla A. Hills is chair and CEO of Hills & Company, a firm that provides advice to U.S. businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment abroad, particularly in emerging market economies. She serves as a trustee to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and the Peterson Institute for International Economics, America Abroad Media, and the Urban Institute.
Board member Elizabeth Knup is the China director of the Ford Foundation, overseeing all grantmaking in that nation. She also serves on the boards of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, the Capacity Building and Assessment Center, and the Global Environment Institute. She previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Lingnan Foundation, a supporter of education initiatives in southern China.
National Committee Board Vice Chair William R. Rhodes is president and CEO of William R. Rhodes Global Advisors, LLC. He is a governor and Life Trustee of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Business Committee and Chairman’s Committee. He is chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Northfield Mount Hermon School.
These business professionals ensure that the National Committee is able to continue strengthening the relationship between the U.S. and China no matter what political storms may come.