Published: 19:42, May 20, 2024
CUSEF welcomes Silicon Valley mayors to Hong Kong
By Wang Zhan

CUSEF President James Chau (left) talks with with Mayor John Dugan of San Carlos, California during a meeting in Hong Kong on May 20, 2024. (PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY) 

HONG KONG - The China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) welcomed on Monday to Hong Kong six city mayors from Silicon Valley, California.

CUSEF President James Chau, Governor Alan Wong, and Governor Alex Fang met with the mayors of Antioch, East Palo Alto, Morgan Hill, Oakley, San Carlos, and Saratoga. The delegation was organized by Victor Wang, founder and chairman of China Silicon Valley, a California nonprofit organization founded in 2012.

“We are delighted to welcome the mayors to Hong Kong, the first stop on their visit to China. Silicon Valley drives the world’s fifth largest economy and accelerates California’s reputation for knowledge, learning, and research,” Chau said.

Reflecting the shared nature of the San Francisco Bay and the Greater Bay Area, the meeting centered on the hopes and concerns of the 95 million people living in both regions, including issues related to economic growth, technology, investment, education, housing, and environmental resources

Reflecting the shared nature of the San Francisco Bay and the Greater Bay Area, the meeting centered on the hopes and concerns of the 95 million people living in both regions, including issues related to economic growth, technology, investment, education, housing, and environmental resources.

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The meeting was supported by the subject expertise provided by Nicholas Kwan Ka-ming, deputy head of the Chief Executive’s Policy Unit; Pamela Tin Sze-pui, the policy unit’s research director; and Betty Chan Wing-yan, assistant director of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government’s Information Services Department.

“Today was an opportunity to exchange ideas and align values with the elected representatives of a dynamic and globally renowned community,” Chau said.

“CUSEF works with everyone who cares about the US and China, and their proven track record for advancing the human condition.”

The Silicon Valley mayors who attended the meeting included Lamar Hernandez-Thorpe (Antioch), Antonio Lopez (East Palo Alto), Anissa Williams (Oakley), John Dugan (San Carlos), Yan Zhao (Saratoga), and Vice-Mayor Marilyn Librers who is currently on her 38th visit to China.

(From left) Pamela Tin Sze-pui. research driector of the Chief Executive's Policy Unit; Vice-Mayor Marilyn Librers of Morgan Hill; CUSEF Governor Alex Fang; Nicholas Kwan Ka-ming, deputy head of the Chief Executive's Policy Unit; Mayor Antonio Lopez of East Palo Alto; Victor Wang, founder and chairman of China Silicon Valley; CUSEF President James Chau; Mayor Yan Zhao of Saratoga; Mayor Anissa Williams of Oakley; CUSEF Governor Alan Wong; Mayor John Dugan of San Carlos; Betty Chan Wing-yan, assistant director of the HKSAR government's Information Services Department; and Mayor Lamar Hernandez-Thorpe of Antioch pose for a group photo during a meeting in Hong Kong on May 20, 2024. (PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

The delegation later departed Hong Kong for Chongqing, where they will participate in a global meeting of city leaders from May 22-23.

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The China-United States Exchange Foundation is an independent non-governmental organization committed to improving the global well-being through the fulfilled potential of the world’s two leading economies.