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It is likely that companies will begin to feel increasing collateral damage as U.S.-China relations begin to unwind, tech tensions continue to mount, and both countries settle in to what may become a protracted trade conflict. It is therefore important for companies to stay abreast of shifts in U.S.-China relations. Continuing our ongoing dialogue with the U.S.-China Business Council, AmCham Shanghai and USCBC invite you to a morning debrief between our two organizations. AmCham Shanghai President Ker Gibbs and USCBC President Craig Allen will discuss their expectations for the bilateral relationship and how American business in China will be affected. Speakers will present both the Washington and Shanghai perspectives. A light breakfast will be served. This program is off the record.


This event is an AmCham Shanghai Government Policy Support (GPS) workshop. The GPS series brings together different voices to deep-dive into Chinese government policy and its effects on American companies in China. In 2019 the program is focused across three tracks: U.S.-China Relations; Supply Chains; and R&D and Innovation. For more information about the GPS program, please contact Daniel Rechtschaffen at daniel.rechtschaffen@amcham-shanghai.org.

Agenda

8:30 AM - 9 AM
Registration & Breakfast
9 AM - 9:15 AM
Opening Remarks and Update of U.S.-China from Shanghai Perspective
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
Expectations of the Bilateral Relationship from D.C. Perspective
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A

Speakers

  • Craig Allen (President at US-China Business Council)

    Craig Allen

    President at US-China Business Council

    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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  • Ker Gibbs (President at AmCham Shanghai)

    Ker Gibbs

    President at AmCham Shanghai

    Ker Gibbs first came to China in 1985 and has worked in various roles giving him broad exposure to US-China relations and business issues facing American companies operating in Asia.

    In the 1990s Mr. Gibbs worked for the Boston Consulting Group in Shanghai. Since then he has split his time between Asia and Silicon Valley, serving in executive positions with Apple, Disney, and high-growth Internet businesses. He moved to Shanghai in 2002 as head of Asia Pacific for a Nasdaq-listed network security company that was acquired by McAfee. His career in high tech led him to banking; he became head of technology and media in greater China for HSBC. As an investment banker he worked with Alibaba, Baidu, and other firms advising on mergers and cross-border transactions.

    From banking Mr. Gibbs moved to direct investments. He was a founding investor in the Crystal Orange hotel group, helping grow the company to 130 properties and 1,500 employees in China. He also led successful investments in real estate, e-commerce, and medical technology companies.

    Before his appointment as president, Mr. Gibbs was elected three times to the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and served as chairman for 2016 and 2017. He also sits on the board of the United Way in China and volunteers with Renewal, a local homeless shelter. He is an op-ed contributor to the Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, and other publications.

    Ker Gibbs holds a BA in economics from UCLA and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

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Tickets

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Member Ticket
Member Price RMB 300
Member Price (Pay at the door) RMB 350
Member Company Employee Price
Standard Price RMB 400
Door Price RMB 450
Non-Member Ticket
Standard Price RMB 700
Door Price RMB 800

Venue

The Portman Ritz-Carlton Hotel

4/F Ballroom, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu (cnr. Xi Kang Road)
Shanghai, China

If you have any questions please contact Daniel Rechtschaffen

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