On September 9th, 2014, the 2014 China-U.S. Young Leaders Symposium was held in Washington D.C. Themed “Youth Bridge: Learning, Experience and Connection”, it was jointly sponsored by the Overseas Chinese Charity Foundation of China, the Institute for China-U.S. People-to-People Exchange of Peking University (now the Institute for Global Cooperation and Understanding), Shanghai Overseas Chinese Foundation, Shanghai International Cultural Association and 100,000 Strong in the Americas, and hosted by the Schoolof International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University.
As one of the sponsors of the forum, 100,000 Strong in the Americas is a non-profit organization established in 2013 with the mission of strengthening China-U.S. relations by encouraging American students to study in China and learn Chinese. Travis Tanner, Vice Chairman of 100,000 Strong in the Americas, said that Sino-U.S. relationship is one of great significant bilateral relations in the world, and the two countries are also working closely together. The launch of the 100,000 Strong program is a strategic long-term investment in the future of Sino-U.S. relations which provides possibilities for Sino-U.S. relationship in the future. People-to-people exchange between Chinese and American youths has always played a very special role in China-U.S. relations. The 100,000 Strong program has wrtitten a new chapter in people-to-people exchange between China and the United States.
The forum concluded successfully in Shanghai on September 11th, and 60 outstanding youths from China and the United States exchanged and interacted with each other in the form of people-to-people diplomacy over three days, gaining fruitful results.