On April 24, Li Bin, vice chairwoman of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and chairwoman of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF), met with a delegation led by Howard Schultz, founder, former chairman and ex-CEO of Starbucks, at the Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling in China.
Li Bin welcomed Schultz and reviewed the partnership between CSCLF and Starbucks. She praised Starbucks for being a long-term partner in the foundation's charitable work and emphasized the significance of fostering China-US people-to-people friendship. Li emphasized that the foundation is committed to further cooperation with Starbucks, with a focus on youth empowerment. She expressed her desire to deepen collaboration in various areas, including innovation, entrepreneurship, employment, vocational education, environmental protection, and sustainable development.
Schultz expressed his sincere respect and warm greetings to Chairwoman Li Bin, stating that Starbucks is confident in China's economic and social development and values the long-standing friendly partnership with CSCLF. He pledged to continue actively promoting cooperation with the foundation in the field of social welfare and making new contributions to promoting exchanges between the Chinese and the United States, especially the youth of the two countries.
The delegation also visited the Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling.
Yu Qun, CSCLF vice chairman and Li Anjin, deputy secretary-general and director of the Management Centre of the Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling, attended the meeting.
(Source: International Cooperation and Exchange Department of CSCLF)