Marc Berger, Executive Committee Member, Washington State China Relations Council
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON STATE CHINA RELATIONS COUNCIL TO EXPAND REACH WITH NEW CHAIRMAN AND PRESIDENT
Seattle, WA (February 15, 2017) — The Washington State China Relations Council is pleased to announce the appointments of T. Andrew Wilson as Chairman and Mercy A. Kuo as President. Under the leadership of the newly-appointed chairman and president, the WSCRC will leverage its nearly four-decade-long legacy of building Washington State’s cooperation with China to further fortify the State’s strategic position in the U.S.-China dialogue. As the new U.S. administration navigates U.S.-China relations at this critical juncture, balanced leadership and advocacy in advancing constructive bilateral engagement is more important than ever.
Built from more than 30 years of experience in Asian business, Andrew Wilson has led many projects, investments, and in-country operations in China. He was responsible for a transformational change in how foreign companies operate in China and collaborate with the government on industrial reform. He led a landmark 4-year project that reformed an industrial sector through direct work within the predecessor to China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). His teams have built a succession of benchmark accomplishments in China, including expanded rights for foreign companies, the expansion of retail chains, manufacturing operations, and an unprecedented $1.2 billion acquisition, merger and investment in the Chinese consumer sector.
Wilson recently concluded more than three years leading global innovation partnerships at Intellectual Ventures, including development and management of Intellectual Ventures’ many innovation projects with Chinese partners. He has served as WSCRC Vice-Chairman, Finance Committee chair and Executive Committee member since joining the Council in 2013.
“I passionately believe that economic, social, and cultural engagement are far from a zero-sum exercise — the best policies benefit all parties. Today the mission of the WSCRC is more valuable than ever. At this sensitive moment in U.S.-China relations, many assumptions and bilateral policies are being challenged. I am confident that the WSCRC can play a critical role in inspiring both constructive dialogue and practical economic and cultural engagement between the countries,” said Andrew Wilson.
“As the top U.S. state exporter to China, Washington State is poised to play a pivotal role in U.S.-China relations at home and abroad. WSCRC is uniquely positioned to steward the state’s present and future leadership role in strengthening U.S.-China cooperation,” said Mercy Kuo in accepting her appointment.
Dr. Mercy A. Kuo authors a weekly column on U.S.-Asia policy at The Diplomat, an international affairs magazine for the Asia Pacific, and is advisory council member of the Asia Pacific Institute at the American Jewish Committee and advisory board member of CHINADebate. She was formerly managing director and director of research at the Committee of 100, a New York-based U.S.-China relations leadership organization founded by I.M. Pei and Yo-Yo Ma. Prior to joining C-100, she was senior project director and director of the Southeast Asia Studies and Strategic Asia Programs at a U.S.-based foreign policy think tank.
Dr. Kuo formerly served in the U.S. Government as an Asian affairs analyst specializing in Northeast and Southeast Asian political, security and military issues. She holds a Ph.D. in Modern History from Oxford University and authored Contending with Contradictions: China’s Policy towards Soviet Eastern Europe and the Origins of the Sino-Soviet Split, 1953-1960 (Lexington Books 2001), “China’s Strategic Orientation: Assessing Alternative Futures,” China and International Security: History, Strategy, and 21st Century Policy, Vol. 3, (Praeger 2014), and various publications on U.S. Asia policy.
The Council will kick off 2017 with its Annual Banquet, Wednesday, March 15 at Bell Harbor International Conference Center. The featured keynote speaker Ambassador Carla Hills – Chairman and CEO of Hills & Company International Consultants and former United States Trade Representative (1989-1993) – will share her insights on the future of U.S.-China trade relations. WSCRC will also convene policy forums on key bilateral issues. Following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Seattle visit in 2015, WSCRC will further advance relationships with key Chinese cities Hangzhou, Shenzhen and others.
Founded in 1979, the Washington State China Relations Council is the leading statewide organization dedicated to strengthening commercial, educational and cultural ties with China. With over 130 members – global companies in aerospace, banking, business, environment, government, innovation, industry, technology, research, among others – the Council facilitates dialogue and delegations with American and Chinese business and government leaders on key policy issues, including investment, trade, environment, diplomacy, etc. For more information, visit http://wscrc.org/.