ChinaAid president attends Bush conference on worldwide liberty and democracy

ChinaAid President Bob Fu (far left)
listens to a panel consisting of
(on stage, left to right) Madeleine K.
Albright, Nikki Haley, Condoleezza
Rice, and moderator Amanda
Schnetzer. (Photo: ChinaAid)


Updated at 10:51 a.m. on Nov. 1, 2017

(New York—Oct. 19, 2017) Prominent leaders and pro-democracy voices gathered for The Spirit of Liberty in the World conference, hosted by the George W. Bush Institute today in New York City, in order to discuss the unique challenges freedom and democracy face in the U.S. and worldwide.

ChinaAid President Bob Fu attended the invite-only event as a guest of President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, who personally headed the conference. The other participants, who were divided into two panels, included the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley, former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Case Foundation CEO and National Geographic Chairman Jean Case, Robin Hood Foundation CEO Wes Moore, National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen, and Mel Martinez, former U.S. Senator, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and current chairman of the Southeast U.S. and Latin America for JPMorgan Chase & Co. The panels were respectively moderated by the Institute’s Global Initiatives Director, Amanda Schnetzer, and its Executive Director and Senior Vice President, Holly Kuzmich.

During the conference, President Bush issued a clear warning against underestimating the damage done by Chinese Communists and Russia to the United States but reassured the audience that freedom would gain the victory. Rice added that weakening advocacy for democracy and freedom undermines America’s “greatest interests.”

Fu held a private meeting with Secretary of State Albright, who partnered with President Clinton 20 years ago to rescue his family, who sought refuge in Britain-governed Hong Kong after his wife became pregnant in violation of the then-in-place one-child policy. You may read more about Fu’s story in his autobiography, available for purchase here.

The conference also included remarks from the Institute’s chairman of the Human Freedom Advisory Council, Tom Berstein, and the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s president and CEO, Ken Hersh.

Fu’s trip also included a visit to Dr. Gao Yaojie, who earned the name “the first Chinese anti-AIDS” doctor and is admired for her fearless care of vulnerable people groups. When she faced the loss of her freedom eight years ago, Fu rescued her.

To access full video coverage of the conference, please visit the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s website.

ChinaAid attends such conferences to engage in the broader dialogue surrounding the challenges of implementing freedom around the world, including in China, and further advance religious freedom, human rights, and rule of law.

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