The Bridge is a foundation for peace and prosperity, joining the people of America and China together.
If humanity is to survive, the great global challenges require partnership between China and America. The Bridge is a potent symbol of joining, because it demonstrates reaching out, the unity of opposites. As leaders of business, science, culture and media from both nations, we choose friendship and co-operation.
With hands joined, we can lift the world into abundance. Separate, our competition could ravage the earth.
The world needs America’s commitment to freedom, to limitless youth and opportunity. The world also needs China’s deep wisdom and expansive energy, as the oldest civilization.
Our common ground is wide — and our contrasts are stimulating. This is the inspiration behind America-China Bridge.
A key initiative of The Bridge is establishment of the Zhou Enlai Peace Institute. During several key decades at the center of China’s leadership, Zhou Enlai established a reputation for principled, honorable and humble service. He courageously led the way to opening China to the West through the visit of President Nixon to Beijing, and stood for international peace and co-operation.
As a hero of peace, Zhou Enlai deserves worldwide recognition alongside other great figures of recent history. The immediate family of the former Premier is helping to direct this project, including his niece, Zhou Bing De, his eldest nephew, Zhou Hua Zhang, and his grand-niece, Zhou Xiao Fang.
The Zhou Enlai Peace Institute is a non-profit organization which is sponsored by America-China Bridge and many other organizations and individuals. For more information, click here.
In recent years, China has learned quickly from America’s power in high technology and finance. America is eager to grasp China’s culture and ancient philosophy. We are both student and teacher to each other; we enrich each other with youth and wisdom.
Through public events, concerts, galleries, seminars, films and performances, The Bridge will bring the best of America to China, and the best of China to America. Great experiences of business, education, fine arts, culture, music, dance, architecture, sport, history and psychology will dramatize our common humanity. Through the internet, television, radio, books and discs, these experiences will be widely shared with all people.
Over time, a new cultural resonance will draw us into alliances, to solve the great challenges of the planet. Our natural economic and political competition will be like the vigorous contest of Olympic sport, where we push each other to excel, congratulate each other on our success, and commit to run even better with each race.
Person to person, family to family, community to community — artists, teachers, inventors, designers, scholars, thinkers, creators of all kinds — reach out as citizen diplomats. We seed the earth for formal diplomacy, for productive trade and common security agreements that governments seek to accomplish. We open the human heart.
The day approaches when we will clearly see our common heritage, fully witnessing the wondrous diversity of language, history and culture — and our deep unity as humans. Our actions will be consistent with our insight, and the world will be transformed.
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