The Chinese Embassy Has Invited Us to a Dinner Reception, Film Screening & Discussion:

At this very timely moment in U.S.-Chinese relations, a special opportunity for you to join the Embassy's DCM - Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Li Kexin - and staff for fascinating evening at their magnificent I.M. Pei-Designed Embassy and its Art Collection.

  • Learn about their nation, enjoy their cuisine, view their magnificent art, and watch a film screening, while networking with alumni of other top groups. IMPORTANT: At capacity now, but you can sign up on waitlist. As spaces become available, we're contacting those on that list.

  • Brief of this unique opportunity on our visit to the Chinese Embassy:
    • The evening willl give us an opportunity to enjoy the exceptional architecture and exquisite art of the I.M. Pei-designed Chancery, a landmark by this world-renowned firm.
    • Wharton Club Members and guests, together with Strategic Partners Members and guests (other top alumni and other groups listed below***), will be able to enjoy a dinner featuring Chinese cuisine at the reception with wine (and possibly Champagne)
    • We will then go to the elegant auditorium, where will be able to view a new documentary, Better Angels, directed and narrated by two-time Oscar-winning director Malcolm Clarke. It features comments by top politicians and business leaders: three former U.S. Secretaries of State (Henry Kissinger, James Baker, and Madeleine Albright) and others. To learn more about the film or to view the trailer, click here.
    • After that, we will have a discussion with the film's Director and both Producers. Click HERE for Video about the evening.
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When: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 5:00-9:00 pm (Inclement weather date TBA, if necessary).


  • 5:00: Beginning of check-in at Embassy
  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Dinner Reception, Networking
  • 6:40 pm Greeting Speech by Minister of Chinese Embassy, introduction of cast members of Better Angels                     
  •  6:50 Screening: Better Angels 
  •  8:20-8:50 pm: Discussion with Director, Malcolm Clarke, and both Producers of Better Angels

Where: Chinese Embassy, 3505 International Place, NW

Parking: Limited free, on-street parking after 5:00 p.m. Best to use Uber/Lyft/taxi or Metro, if possible. Nearby public garages in two convenient locations:

  • (1) UDC Parking Garage, 3305-3365 Van Ness St., NW (on Van Ness west of Conn. Ave., NW, at intersection with International Drive, NW, across from Embassy of Singapore (CLICK HERE to get Google Maps view from above (believe it's open 24/7, but please check if you park there; just 2 blocks from the Embassy)
  • (2) 4301 Conn. Ave NW, available through, open until 10:30 pm. (Check in advance to be sure) CLICK HERE for more info or to reserve.
  • Also, some meters on Van Ness (but we don't know the rates or hours for parking).

Metro: Red Line, Van Ness (just a few blocks away)

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  • Current members: Wharton Club, and Strategic Partners (listed below***), all subject to availability; our Wharton Club Embassy Receptions usually sell out in advance.
  • President's Club / Lifetime Members: Two complimentary admissions; must still RSVP. Registrations are open now; first priority to President's Club and Lifetime Members
  • Wharton Club and Strategic Partners Regular Members & Guests: Super Early Bird: thru 11/30: just 39/person; Early Bird 11/30- 12/4: 49/person. After 12/4 (if space is still available): 59/person, including the Dinner and Cocktail Reception, film screening, discussion and networking.
    • ***Strategic Partners now include current Members (and Guests) of the following (please note initials of your group when you register):
    • Stanford Assn., Princeton Club (PCW), Yale Club, Columbia Alum Club, National Economists Club (NEC), Washington Network Group (WNG), Washington DC Archangels (WDCAA), French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC-DC), AAFSW (Associates of Amer. Foreign Serv. Worldwide)
  • Non-members of Wharton Club or Strategic Partners: Early Bird thru 12/1: 69/person, then 79/person  

Click on hotlink to reserve. Prices include reception with food and beverages, program with scooping-the-food.-buffet-food-at-restaurant.-catering-foodfilm and discussion, networking. NOTE: RESERVE EARLY, as our Embassy events usually reach capacity in advance.

  • Reservations: Required in advance. NO WALK-INS.
  • Your name, position, organization, and other registration information will be collected by the Club and provided purple-cloud-rising-from-the-eastto the Embassy for security reasons, as we hope you can understand. You can provide needed information under "Special Instructions" when you register and through the RSVP part of registration.
  • IMPORTANT: 1/ Your name and those of your guest(s) need to be on the list in advance for check-in. /2/ Each attendee needs to have a govt-issued photo ID.


About the Embassy's Chancery Building: An Architectural and Artistic Gem

  • The Chinese Embassy building is located in the Northwest section of Washington DC. Its internal floor area is over 392,000 square feet. It is surrounded by Van Ness St. to the north and International Drive to the west.
  • The warm beige-hued French limestone is used for the exterior walls in recognition of the limestone found in typical federal buildings throughout Washington DC.
  • The building features a fusion of the traditional philosophies of Chinese architecture and modernity. The south-facing entrance leads to a modern and functional interior and a Chinese-style garden in the back. The whole compound is composed of two offices wing, plus a public area where the Entrance Hall is located.
  • The unique and modern-look of the Entrance Hall makes it the symbol of the buildinw020151030508262018197g. It leads to a number of meeting rooms, ballrooms, a multi-function hall and an auditorium.
  • Landscaping is an important part of the design. The Chinese garden between the two office wings adds a touch of tranquility to the compound.
  • The building is designed by the world famous Chinese American architect I.M.Pei and built by Chinese contractors. It opened on April 1, 2009.
  • To learn more about the architecture and art, please CLICK HERE.

Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) & Minister: 

His Excellency Dr. Li Kexin

  • Mr. Li Kexin was born in January 1969. He holds a PhD in Economics.
  • 2015 - Present: Minister, then of the People's Republic of China to the United States of America
  • 2010-2012: Deputy Director-General, The Department of International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 2006-2010: Counselor, then Deputy Director-General, The Department of International Organizations and Conferences, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 2004-2006: Counselor, Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations
  • 1999-2004: Deputy Mayor Duyun City,  Qiannan Buyi and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou province
  • 1998-1999: Deputy Division Director, then Division Director, the Department of International Organizations and Conferences, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 1991-1998: Postgraduate at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • 1987-1991: Desk Officer, Attache, then Third Secretary, the Department of International Organizations and Conferences, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Undergraduate student, Beijing International Studies University
  • Mr. Li Kexin is married with a son.

Thanks to Councilors Chang and Feng of the Embassy and Jean-Francois Orsini, Chairman, Wharton Club of DC for arranging this event, and to Andrea Essex for her superb assistance in managing the program.

Click here to make your reservations!!!


6:00PM - 10:00PM Tue 11 Dec 2018, Eastern timezone


Chinese Embassy
3505 International Place, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008 USA

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