Eco­nomic Club of New York to host Pre­mier Li

China Daily (USA) - - LI’S VISIT - By PAUL WELITZKIN in New York paulwelitzkin@chi­nadai­

While Chi­nese Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang is in New York to ad­dress the 71st ses­sion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assembly, he will give a speech to the pres­ti­gious Eco­nomic Club of New York.

Bar­bara Van Allen, pres­i­dent of the club, said it has more than 1,200 mem­bers, in­clud­ing some of the most prom­i­nent and in­flu­en­tial busi­ness and govern­ment lead­ers in the world. The club’s mem­ber­ship draws from a di­verse range of in­dus­tries that rep­re­sent the over­all econ­omy of New York City.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion was founded in 1907 by J.W. Beat­son, sec­re­tary of the Na­tional Eco­nomic League in Boston, and four busi­ness lead­ers from New York City.

Its founders sought to em­u­late the suc­cess­ful ex­am­ple of other eco­nomic clubs in the North­east with the aim of bring­ing busi­ness peo­ple and pro­fes­sion­als to­gether for se­ri­ous dis­cus­sions of eco­nomic, so­cial and other pub­lic is­sues in a non­par­ti­san fo­rum.

“The Eco­nomic Club of New York is a distin­guished in­sti­tu­tion glob­ally rec­og­nized as the fore­most non­par­ti­san speak­ing fo­rum in the United States,” Van Allen wrote.

“By em­brac­ing and pro­mot­ing free ex­pres­sion of di­verse views and opin­ions, the club acts as a cat­a­lyst for in­no­va­tion in thought and ideas im­pact­ing the most crit­i­cal so­cial, eco­nomic, and po­lit­i­cal is­sues of our time.”

The club has been host to for­mer US pres­i­dents Woodrow Wil­son, Wil­liam H. Taft, Her­bert Hoover, Dwight Eisen­hower, John F. Kennedy, Ron­ald Rea­gan and Ge­orge H.W. Bush.

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial con­tender Don­ald Trump spoke at the club on Sept 15. More re­cently, Van Allen said Jack Ma of Alibaba ad­dressed the club.

“Over our 109-year history, the club has hosted more than 1,000 eminent lead­ers from around the world, in­clud­ing Win­ston Churchill and Mar­gret Thatcher (United King­dom), Indira Ghandi (In­dia), and Mikhail Gor­bachev (Soviet Union). In 1999, the club hosted the then pre­mier of China, Zhu Rongji, in front of over 1,300 peo­ple,” said Van Allen.

The club’s cur­rent chair­man is Terry Lund­gren, chair­man and CEO of Ma­cys Inc, the na­tional de­part­ment store chain.

The club has hosted more than 1,000 eminent lead­ers from around the world.” Bar­bara Van Allen, Eco­nomic Club of New York pres­i­dent

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