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Lotte chairman calls for shared future at Asia Society gala

By Cho Chung-un
  • Published : Sept 20, 2017 - 16:00
  • Updated : Sept 20, 2017 - 17:13
Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin urged members of Asia Society Korea to contribute to a peaceful and shared future at an event held by the organization to mark its 10th anniversary on Tuesday.

“Now is the perfect opportunity to foster educated global conversations around the world. We have built the bridge and we want to motivate people to cross that bridge together,” said Shin, who serves as the chairman of Asia Society Korea.
 
Lotte Group’s leader and Chairman of Asia Society Korea Shin Dong-bin (second from left) poses for a photo with Charles Rockefeller (second from right), the great-grandson of Asia Society’s founder John D. Rockefeller III, and other participants at the 10th-anniversary celebration held at Lotte Hotel in Seoul on Tuesday. (Asia Society Korea)

The chairman was hosting the fundraising dinner, which drew around 300 dignitaries from the US and South Korea, diplomatic envoys here as well as the group’s members, at Lotte Hotel in central Seoul.

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Charles Rockefeller, the great-grandson of Asia Society’s founder John D. Rockefeller III, also delivered speeches celebrating the anniversary of the nonprofit organization. Lee Hong-koo, honorary chairman of Asia Society Korea, also attended.

Asia Society Korea is the Korean branch of the New York-headquartered Asia Society, which was founded in 1956 to promote mutual understanding and strengthen partnership between Asian nations and the United States. It now runs centers in 10 locations -- four in US cities, apart from New York, and six outside America, including China, India and the Philippines.

By Cho Chung-un (christory@heraldcorp.com)