Asia Society Washington 2010 Annual Dinner

WASHINGTON, DC, June 9, 2010 - More than 350 guests, including dignitaries and diplomats from more than 20 countries and the US Congress, attended Asia Society Washington's 2010 Annual Dinner, at the Ritz-Carlton.

Featured speakers at the gala included Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff,bwho also received the received the Public Policy Award on behalf of America's two million armed forces. Chairman of CITIC Group Dan Kong, Chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems John Chambers, and Bangladesh State Minister of Women and Children Affairs Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury were also recognized with leadership awards.

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The Asia Society Washington 2010 Awards Dinner was underwritten by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, and received generous support from major corporate sponsors, including Bank of America Merill Lynch, Chevron, Hutchinson Whampoa, Lockheed Martin, Bechtel, Cisco Systems, Coca-Cola, Honeywell, McLarty Associates, Mitsubishi International Corporation, Cisco Systems, Hitachi, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, HSBC Bank USA, Steptoe & Johnson, Taipei Economic & Cultural Representative Office, ConocoPhillips and the Royal Thai Embassy.  Asia Society friends Grega Gustafson Daly, Henrietta Holsman Fore and Michael Gaughan also supported the dinner generously.