About the Author: Sarah Nolan serves as Assistant Chief of Protocol for Diplomatic Partnerships.
While in Shanghai last year, President Obama described the United States' relationship with China, saying “today, we have a positive, constructive and comprehensive relationship that opens the door to partnership on the key global issues of our time.” Forging strong partnerships to confront global challenges has been a hallmark of President Obama's and Secretary Clinton's diplomacy. Their efforts not only further cooperation between governments, but also between the private and public sectors -- and, most importantly, they help build stronger people-to-people relationships.
On Wednesday, August 25, U.S. Chief of Protocol Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall hosted a U.S.-China business roundtable discussion with Jon Huntsman, Ambassador of the United States to the People's Republic of China, Zhang Yesui, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the United States, Chinese and American business leaders, and senior members of the Obama Administration. Focused on the economy, the vibrant and productive discussion helped develop a greater mutual understanding among both the government and private sector leaders in attendance. The roundtable also laid an important foundation towards future partnerships, and helped extend the U.S.-China relationship beyond the halls of government.
The U.S.-China business roundtable was organized by the Office of the Chief of Protocol's Diplomatic Partnerships division. Established in 2009, Diplomatic Partnerships seeks to foster international goodwill and cultivate the relationship between the Diplomatic Corps and the people and institutions of the United States through an exchange of ideas, cultures and traditions. Diplomatic Partnerships pursues this goal through a broad range of unique programs and events, such as a recent trip by the international Diplomatic Corps to Chicago, and an evening of food and discussion co-hosted at the Blair House with Mexican Ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhan, and his wife Mrs. Veronica Valencia-Sarukhan.