BEIJING, Aug. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- David Dreier, Chairman of the Annenberg-Dreier Commission at Sunnylands, announced this week that former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger had just joined the Commission as a Member of its advisory board.
David Dreier said: "Dr. Kissinger is one of America's greatest diplomats. He was the architect of policies that restored U.S. relations with China, and paved the way for what is emerging as a century of unprecedented opportunity for nations throughout the Greater Pacific.
His vision and skill helped shape the world we live in. He will be an inspiration and reference point as the Commission works, in very specific ways, to advance exchanges across the Pacific. I am very grateful for Dr. Kissinger's praise for the Commission and its goals."
The Commission was launched earlier this year at Sunnylands, the Rancho Mirage, California estate of the late Walter and Lee Annenberg that hosted the historic June 2013 summit meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama. Its mission is to improve the human condition by promoting the free flow of goods, services, capital, information, ideas, and people throughout the Greater Pacific.
One of Commission's most important priorities is advancing strong, productive, and respectful ties between the United States and China. David Dreier continued: "Our nations, on opposite sides of the Pacific, are destined to be the two most important countries in the world in the 21st century. How we interact with each other, and with our other key partners throughout the Trans-Pacific, will be of critical importance to the stability, prosperity, and security of the world. Our partnership and competition can be good for us, and the world. We share a growing range of strategic interests spanning issues as diverse climate change, equitable growth, food and energy security, nonproliferation, and development of an updated rules-based approach to international trade and investment. "
Other members of David Dreier's advisory board include Jon Huntsman, former U.S. Ambassador to China, who serves as co-chair with Mack McLarty, ex-Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton. Also present on the board are Madeleine Albright and former World Bank President Bob Zoellick.
Dreier noted that board members share a modern vision of a "prosperous, open, and stable Pacific, where all our societies can thrive."
Dreier, the longtime member of Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives and Chairman of its powerful Rules Committee, met July 29 with the Charge d'Affaires and senior staff of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing to brief them on the work of his commission.
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