CKGSB Knowledge Series: The State of US-China Economic Relations

March 29, 2018

Join a special discussion on the state of US-China economic relations featuring Rory MacFarquhar, former special assistant to President Obama and now at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Cobb Mixter, former China specialist in the US Treasury Department and JC de Swaan, Lecturer in Economics at Princeton University.

A CKGSB Knowledge Series Event in Partnership with Hong Kong Association of New York

Please join us for a discussion on the state of US-China Economic Relations featuring Rory MacFarquhar, former special assistant to President Obama and now at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Cobb Mixter, former China specialist in the US Treasury Department. JC de Swaan, Lecturer in Economics at Princeton University, will facilitate the discussion.

When: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016

Where: CKGSB New York Office
601 Lexington Ave., Floor 26
New York, NY 10022

5:30PM – 6:00PMRegistration
6:00PM – 6:05PMWelcome Remarks by Mary Wadsworth Darby, Chief Representative of CKGSB Americas
6:05PM – 7:00PMPanel Discussion led by JC de Swaan, Lecturer in Economics at Princeton University


  • Rory MacFarquhar, former special assistant to President Obama, now at the Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Cobb Mixter, former China specialist in the US Treasury Department
7:15PM – 7:30PMClosing Remarks by Alice Wong, Executive Director of Hong Kong Association of New York, and Alan Chen, Director of CKGSB Americas
7:30PM – 8:00PMNetworking Reception


Individual event is at a $35 fee; admission is free for 2016 CKGSB Knowledge Series Members and for HKANY members. Event is also free to credentialed media.


Rory MacFarquhar

Rory MacFarquhar joined the Peterson Institute for International Economics as a visiting fellow in February 2016. In the previous six years, he worked in the Obama administration, and most recently served as special assistant to the President and senior director for global economics and finance in the White House National Security Council and National Economic Council. At the White House, he led policy teams working on a wide range of international economic and trade issues, including US-China economic relations, economic support for Ukraine, Tunisia and Iraq, and addressing global economic vulnerabilities. MacFarquhar helped prepare for President Obama’s participation at the G20 summits in St. Petersburg, Brisbane and Antalya. Before entering the US government, he worked for eight years at Goldman Sachs in Moscow, most recently as managing director and director of economic research for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has a BA from Yale University, an MSc from the London School of Economics and worked towards a PhD at Harvard University.

Cobb Mixter

Cobb Mixter advises companies on their China strategies, most recently with the Alcoa Corporation in New York City. He was previously an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and was Managing Director for China Operations and Deputy Assistant Secretary for legislative affairs at the US Department of the Treasury. He was also the senior staff member with responsibility for East Asia and the Pacific at the US House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs. Prior to his government service, he was an Asia analyst in the Business Intelligence Group at Lehman Brothers and a Research Associate for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Mixter is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies and holds a Masters degree in Chinese studies from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Affairs. He is a board member of the US-China Strong Foundation.  

JC de Swaan

JC de Swaan is a lecturer in the economics department at Princeton University where he teaches courses on Asian capital markets and on ethics in finance. He also teaches at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. Separately, he is a Partner at Cornwall Capital, a multi-strategy global investment fund based in New York. Prior to Cornwall, he was a senior advisor on China at a global macro fund, an investment professional at an Asia-dedicated hedge fund, and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. He received his BA from Yale University, an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 


Disseminating deep ideas for China success

Ideas are the currency of our age. And in an age when China’s global significance is growing, CKGSB Americas’ Knowledge Series is the executive’s go-to source for a stream of provocative notions that can beneficially affect the way he or she thinks about building and expanding a China business.
Held in our state-of-the-art New York learning center in the heart of one of the world’s great financial hubs, our Knowledge Series lectures and discussions are an opportunity to learn from the world’s brightest minds as they focus on the topics and trends that are most pertinent to your specific-China business goals.
Among other themes, Knowledge Series events have examined China’s financial turbulence and what it means for investors; business-to-business buying: how it has changed, and how we need to change with it; solar power’s future in the US and China; new consumption trends in China and their implication for companies in China’s global supplier network; doing business with a changing China; plus where China is and where it is headed. 
Regardless of your interest in China, Knowledge Series events are your gateway to acquiring critical insight on macro trends, emerging opportunities, collaboration and competition with Chinese companies, cross-cultural competencies and how to best position China within your own organization.
In an era when ideas matter, the CKGSB Americas Knowledge Series is the authoritative generator of China ideas.


Julie Zhu
Program Manager
Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
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