CKGSB Americas: Update on Washington

  • Date: August 13, 2020 8:00 pm
  • Location: Webinar
  • Language: English, with Chinese simultaneous translation

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Join us for this special webinar, featuring Dean Xiang Bing of CKGSB, and Ambassador Craig Allen of US-China Business Council.

US-China Trade and Business Relations are a key focal point as the world works towards an economic recovery post COVID19. The trade and investment frictions that have appeared so prominently in 2020 have of course been exacerbated by the coronavirus. Our discussants will seek to answer the most pressing questions facing business in both countries.

  • Are these current tensions and present environment a “new normal”?
  •  What about the status of the trade agreement? Phase I? Phase 2? 
  • What are the new challenges and opportunities now faced by Chinese companies who want to operate in the US?  US companies operating in China? 
  • Are the problems mainly attributable to the interplay of US domestic policies and concerns about strategic competition between the two countries? 
  • Is there a path forward to return to a steadier state irrespective of the November US and Congressional elections?

Speakers

XIANG Bing

Founding Dean, Professor of China Business and Globalization at CKGSB

PhD, University of Alberta

Founding Dean, Professor of China Business and Globalization at CKGSB

PhD, University of Alberta

Areas of Expertise: Economic Disruption, Business in China, Constructive Innovations, Global Implications of China’s Economic Transformation, Innovation and Globalization by Chinese Companies, Innovation in Management Education, Reform of SOEs, Relationship Between State and Business, Role of Private Sector in China

Dr. Xiang Bing is the Founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB). CKGSB is China’s first faculty-governed, independent and private business school with headquarters in Beijing, campuses in Shanghai and Shenzhen and representative offices in Hong Kong, London and New York. 

He has served as an independent board member of a number of companies (including three Fortune Global 500 companies) listed in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the United States. He is a member of the International Advisory Council of Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC), a member of the Global Advisory Board of Yonsei School of Business in Korea, a member of the Advisory Board of Asia House in London and a Counselor for One Young World Summit in Dublin. He has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for United Way Worldwide (US) from 2011-2017.

Dr. Xiang is a leading authority on China business. His research interests include the reform of state-owned enterprises, innovation and the role of the private sector and economic disruption in China. His insights on the innovations in China, globalization of Chinese companies, China’s development models, global implications of China’s transformation, social innovation, economic disruption, China-US relations, global trade and investment systems and global governance have been widely acclaimed.

Dr. Xiang has served as keynote speaker at influential forums and conferences around the world. These events include 2020 China National Annual Conference on Philanthropy (December 24, 2020; Chengdu; opening keynote), SCMP China Conference: USA 2019 (December 10, 2019; New York City; closing keynote), Trade and Development Regional Forum 2019 (September 2, 2019; Bangkok; keynote), Harvard China Forum (closing keynote, 2017; first opening keynote, 2018; opening keynote, 2019; Harvard University), FT Banking Summit 2017 (November 30, 2017; London; closing keynote), CKGSB-Brookings US-China Forum 2016 (December 14, 2016; New York City; opening keynote & Dialogue with Dr. Henry Kissinger), US Committee of 100 Annual Conference 2016 (April 16, 2016; Los Angeles; opening keynote). He has been invited to prestigious webinars such as Bo’ao Dialogue 2020, Asian Leadership Conference 2020 (Seoul, Korea), World Knowledge Forum 2021 (Seoul, Korea) and World Chinese Economic Summit 2020.

He has participated in many prominent closed-door conferences, including Ditchley Foundation Annual Forum, Yale CEO Summit and Rome Roundtable. He was also an invited speaker for forums such as the World Economic Forum, Bo’ao Forum for Asia and Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, and for institutions like the Foreign Policy Association (September 27, 2018; New York City; lunch keynote for members of the Board of Trustees), Center for Strategic and International Studies (September 28, 2018; Washington D.C.; lunch keynote and roundtable panelist) and Pheu Thai Party in Thailand (September 2, 2019; Bangkok; a special talk for 350 parliament members).

Dr. Xiang was named the “China Philanthropist of the Year” in 2018 and 2020 by China Philanthropy Times. He was awarded the “Vanguard for Social Responsibilities” in 2020 by Southern Weekly.

Dr. Xiang received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Alberta in Canada, and his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. 

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Ambassador Craig ALLEN

President, US-China Business Council Former Ambassador to Brunei

On July 26, 2018, Craig Allen began his tenure in Washington, DC, as the sixth President of the United States-China Business Council (USCBC), a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing over 200 American companies doing business with China. Prior to joining USCBC, Craig had a long, distinguished career in US public service.
Craig began his government career in 1985 at the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA). He entered government as a Presidential Management Intern, rotating through the four branches of ITA. From 1986 to 1988, he was an international economist in ITA’s China Office.
In 1988, Craig transferred to the American Institute in Taiwan, where he served as Director of the American Trade Center in Taipei. He held this position until 1992, when he returned to the Department of Commerce for a three-year posting at the US Embassy in Beijing as Commercial Attaché.
In 1995, Craig was assigned to the US Embassy in Tokyo, where he served as a Commercial Attaché. In 1998, he was promoted to Deputy Senior Commercial Officer. In 1999, Craig became a member of the Senior Foreign Service.
From 2000, Craig served a two-year tour at the National Center for APEC in Seattle. While there, he worked on the APEC Summits in Brunei, China, and Mexico. In 2002, it was back to Beijing, where Craig served as the Senior Commercial Officer. In Beijing, Craig was promoted to the Minister Counselor rank of the Senior Foreign Service.
After a four-year tour in South Africa, Craig became Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia at the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. He later became Deputy Assistant Secretary for China. Craig was sworn in as the United States ambassador to Brunei Darussalam on December 19, 2014. He served there until July 2018, when he transitioned to President of the US-China Business Council.
Craig received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Political Science and Asian Studies in 1979. He received a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1985.

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