2019 Programs

The Age of Disengagement: What plunging U.S.-China investment means for globalization

Thursday, November 7, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Cash flow from China into the U.S. is drying up, coupled with the deceleration of American investment into China as the trade war drags on. News has it that the White House is considering putting even more restrictions on China’s investment. Join Dr. Huiyao Wang, president of the Center for China and Globalization and advisor to China’s State Council, and Jacob Parker, senior vice president at the US-China Business Council, to find out what a full-blown trade war would cost the global economy, and what is China’s response to shifting supply chains and changing economic power dynamics.

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Powerful, Different, Equal: Conversation and Book Reception with Peter Walker

Monday, October 7, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Join China Institute Trustee and author Peter Walker and president of China Institute James Heimowitz for member-and-invitation-only book reception for Walker’s new book “Powerful, Different, Equal: Overcoming the Misconceptions and Differences Between China and the US.

Walker’s book provides a timely analysis of the U.S.-China relationship and looks at the roots of each country’s histories and cultures in search of an answer to understand the current U.S.-China relationship.

This is an invitation-only event.

To sign up, please email your name and member ID to [email protected].


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What Investors Need to Know about U.S.-China Trade Relationship

Thursday, September 26
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Afraid of being caught in the midst of a full-blown trade war, U.S. companies are rethinking investments in China, and Chinese companies are rolling back their involvement in the U.S. as well. Reports that the U.S. and China will hold trade talks has only left more wondering: could this lead to a real truce, or is it merely a signal of cease-fire? Join Patrick Chovenec, Managing Director, Chief Strategist at Silvercrest Asset Management, and Mary Darby, Chief Representative of CKGSB Americas, for an illuminating conversation about all you need to know about investing in this trade-war turmoil.


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The Secrets of China’s Tech Titans

Monday, September 23, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Who are China’s emerging tech winners, and what are tech giants Alibaba and Tencent’s next moves? Rebecca Fannin, founder of Silicon Dragon and author of Tech Titans of China, and Wei JIANG, Managing Partner, Momentor Ventures, explore China’s biggest tech successes, the challenges entrepreneurs face, and the country’s enormous high-tech ambitions.


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Ezra Vogel and Orville Schell in Conversation: Is China the Enemy?

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

How can the United States live with a rising China, an ideologically different country that is home to one fifth of humanity? It’s the burning foreign policy issue of the day. Ezra Vogel, the eminent Harvard University professor and author who has trained many of America’s top China watchers, and Orville Schell, author and director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society, discuss the roots of today’s growing U.S.-China conflict and the way forward.

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U.S.-China Tech Battle: Huawei and the Fight for Dominance in Wireless Technology

Come hear Andy Purdy, Chief Security Officer, Huawei Technologies USA, and U.S. security and tech experts discuss U.S.-China tech competition, the race for 5G, and the current U.S. government policy on Huawei Technologies, the world’s largest telecom equipment maker and China’s largest telephone-network equipment maker.

The U.S. Justice Department is pressing for the extradition of Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng, who is under arrest in Canada at the request of the U.S. over alleged Iran sanctions violations, and is pressuring U.S. companies – and U.S. allies around the world — to stop both selling to Huawei and purchasing its products. Are there serious security issues at play? To what extent is U.S. policy driven by global competition and the race for 5G dominance? Is the “free” internet facing an existential threat posed by a powerful Chinese player?

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The New Normal: The perils of being a Chinese scientist or engineer in the U.S.

Thursday, June 27, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

U.S. government concerns about alleged intellectual property theft are driving what feels to many Chinese scientists and engineers like a witch-hunt. A string of actions—the arrest of Chinese-born American scientists, the firing of several others and closure of their labs, frequent FBI calls and visits to many individuals without any charge, and a tightened visa process for Chinese STEM students—have shocked the Chinese science and technology community, raising concerns about racial profiling. What is the new reality for the Chinese science and technology community? And how to legally navigate the storm? Is it okay to do research both here in the U.S. and also in China? What is the guideline for academic and entrepreneurial exchange and cooperation? Is the U.S. government being paranoid, or are the spying concerns valid? Join Temple University Professor Xiaoxing Xi, who was charged with spying by the Justice Department (the charge was dropped and he is suing the FBI), Peter Zeidenberg, partner at Arent Fox LLP, Aaron Wolfson, former prosecutor and current partner at King & Wood Mallesons law firm, Ruth Jin, founding partner of Jin & Koppell PLLC, and Yiguang Ju, Robert Porter Patterson Professor and the Director of Sustainable Energy Program at Princeton University for a timely discussion of the perils of being a Chinese scientist or engineer in the U.S.


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Non-Member $15
Student $8

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U.S.-China Trade: The Outlook for 2019

Co-presented by:

Tuesday, February 19, 5:30–8:30 PM
Bloomberg Headquarters
731 Lexington Avenue, 28th floor

Bloomberg’s Pan-Asian Community in partnership with China Institute and The Chinese Finance Association invite you to a conversation on the outlook for U.S.-China trade relations in 2019.

Please join us for a panel discussion between experts who will provide their perspective on the policies, economics and investment impact that will shape the U.S. – China trade relationship in 2019 and beyond.

A Lunar New Year reception will follow.

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Guest arrival & Registration
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Panel Discussion
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM: Reception

Digital Silk Road: Will China Dominate the Global Internet?

Monday, January 7, 6:00–7:30 PM
Speakers: Winston Ma, Clay Shirky
Event Fee: Members $5; Non-Members $12; Students $8
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

China is promoting technology investment in the developing world—helping to spur economic development. But what does that mean for U.S. technology companies? Will China and its companies ultimately dominate the global internet? Winston Ma, author of a new book on China’s digital development, will join Clay Shirky, leading voice on the internet’s social impact, to reveal the lesser-known path of China’s ambition in ascending to the super power in the digital world.

Global Council Roundtable

Asia’s ultimate dealmaker and author of “Out of the Gobi” shares his story and secrets of how to profit from a rising China


Tuesday, January 15
Speakers: Weijian Shan, Group Chairman & CEO, Managing Partner, PAGAC
Private Event

Asia’s ultimate dealmaker and author of Out of the Gobi shares his story and secrets of how to profit from a rising China

Weijian Shan is Group Chairman and CEO of PAGAC. In the 12 years before he joined PAG, he was a senior partner at TPG and co-managing partner of Newbridge Capital before its integration with TPG. Previously, Shan was a Managing Director of JP Morgan, concurrently serving as its Chief China Representative. He was Assistant Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His other former employers include the World Bank and law firm Graham & James in San Francisco.
Shan received his PhD and MA from University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), and an MBA from University of San Francisco. He studied at Beijing Institute of Foreign Trade (now named the University of International Business and Economics) and also taught there as a faculty member.

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