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U.S. Chamber / AmCham China - Annual China Business Conference

May 8-10, 2023
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Washington, D.C.



The China Business Conference is the premier forum for exchanging ideas on U.S.-China economic and commercial relations, including economic, political, and regulatory developments affecting American business in China.

The annual event brings together business leaders, public officials, and policy experts to discuss critical issues in the relationship and shape the bilateral policy agenda, including:

  • how to tackle China's unfair trading practices and use of economic coercion, and
  • how to protect U.S. national security and values while continuing to do business with the world's second largest economy in areas that are beneficial to American companies, workers, farmers and our broader economy.


The 13th Annual Conference:

This year's conference will open with a welcome reception on the evening of May 8, followed by substantive panels over two days on May 9 and 10 covering the full suite of issues weighing on bilateral relations, including:

  • PRC domestic politics;
  • the state of the post 'zero-Covid' Chinese economy;
  • commercial opportunities and regulatory challenges for U.S. business in China;
  • decoupling, supply chain resilience and industrial policy;
  • technology competition and related policy questions in the areas of AI, bioeconomy, quantum and semiconductors;
  • the potential and shortcomings of allied cooperation vis-à-vis China;
  • a broad array of pressing national security issues, including Taiwan, Russia and human rights; and
  • reputational and other risks of doing business in China.

In light of persistent global economic challenges, growing calls for U.S.-China decoupling, and challenging politics in both countries, we expect the content of this year's conference to be rich, and participation to be exceptionally robust.



All times are listed in U.S. Eastern Time (ET)
Schedule and topics are subject to change. Please check back for updates

Our updated Conference Agenda can be found HERE.

All sessions in this Conference are off-the-record and not open to the press, unless otherwise specified.

5:15pm: Registration Opens

5:30 – 7:30pm:  Welcome and Opening Reception 

8:00 – 8:30am: Registration and Breakfast

8:35 – 8:45am: Opening Remarks

  • Colm Rafferty, Chair, AmCham China
  • Jeremie Waterman, President, U.S. Chamber China Center

8:45 – 9:30am: View from the Ground: The State of Foreign Business in Post-Zero COVID China

  • Moderator: William Zarit, Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group
  • Michael Hart, President, AmCham China
  • Sean Stein, Chairman, AmCham Shanghai; Senior Advisor, Covington & Burling

9:30 – 10:30am: Leader for Life: What Does Business Need to Understand About Xi’s China for Today and Tomorrow

  • Moderator: Evan Osnos, Staff Writer, The New Yorker
  • Chris Johnson, President and CEO, China Strategies Group
  • Karen Sutter, Asia Finance and Trade Specialist, Congressional Research Service
  • Anny Vu, Deputy Coordinator for Bilateral Affairs, Office of China Coordination, U.S. Department of State
  • Joerg Wuttke, President, EU Chamber of Commerce in China

10:30 – 10:45am Networking Break

10:45 – 11:45am: China’s Post-COVID Economy: How “Dynamic” Can It Be?

  • Moderator: Lingling Wei, Chief China Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal
  • David Hoffman, Senior Advisor, China Center for Economics & Business, The Conference Board
  • Andrew Polk, Co-Founder, Trivium China
  • Logan Wright, Partner, Rhodium Group
  • Zhu Ning, Senior Partner and Head of China, Brunswick Group

11:45 – 11:55am: U.S.-China Relations at a Crossroads

  • Pat Gelsinger, CEO, Intel and Chair, U.S. Chamber China Center Advisory Board

12:00 – 1:45pmLuncheon

        [12:45 – 1:30pm] The United States, China and the Indo-Pacific on the Eve of the G7 and QUAD: A Conversation with Dr. Kevin                  Rudd, Australia's Ambassador to the United States

  • Moderator: Mike Froman, Vice Chairman and President, Strategic Growth, Mastercard; former U.S. Trade Representative
  • The Honorable Dr. Kevin Rudd AC, Australia's Ambassador to the United States

1:45 – 2:45pm: Balancing Regulatory Risk and Commercial Opportunities in China: A Corporate Perspective

  • Moderator: Bruce Andrews, Corporate Vice President and Chief Government Affairs Officer, Intel
  • Jack Bartling, Director for International Government Relations, JPMorgan Chase
  • Noah Friedman, Vice President for Strategy, Business Intelligence and Digital Market Development, Medtronic
  • Chris Millward, President and Managing Director, U.S. Information Technology Office
  • Penny Naas, former President, UPS International Public Affairs and Sustainability

2:45 3:45pm: The Future of Decoupling, Supply Chain Resilience and Implications for U.S. Business

  • Moderator: Dan Rosen, Founding Partner, Rhodium Group
  • Grant Harris, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Dave Hanke, Staff Director, China Select Committee on Competition with the CCP
  • Peter Harrell, Attorney; Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Former Senior Director for International Economic Affairs, National Security Council
  • Jonathan Woetzel, McKinsey Global Institute Director and Senior Partner, Shanghai

3:45 – 4:00pm: Networking Break

4:00 – 5:00pm: Xi’s Play for the World and Implications for Business

  • Moderator: Charlene Barshefsky, Chair, Parkside Global Advisors; Former USTR
  • Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, WestExec Advisors; Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
  • Stephen Hadley, Principal, Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC; Former National Security Advisor
  • John Sullivan, Partner, Mayer Brown; Former Deputy Secretary of State and Commerce; Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia

8:00 – 8:30am: Registration Opens | Breakfast

8:30 – 9:15am: The View from the Senate

  • Moderator: Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President, Chief Policy Officer, and Head of Strategic Advocacy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
  • Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

9:15 – 10:15am: Alignment on China?  How Much is Possible with Allies?

  • Moderator: Marjorie Chorlins, Senior Vice President for Europe, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Wendy CutlerVice President, Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI), Managing Director, Asia Society Washington Office
  • Jonathan Fritz, Chief of Staff to Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, U.S. Department of State
  • Maria Martin Prat, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Trade Policy, European Commission
  • Kevin Wolf, Partner, Akin Gump

10:15 – 10:30am: Networking Break

10:30 – 11:45am: U.S.-China Technology Competition: Getting the Policy Mix Right for AI, Bioeconomy, Quantum, and Semiconductors

  • Framing Remarks: Alan Estevez, Undersecretary of Industry and Security, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Moderator: David Fagan, Partner, Covington & Burling
  • Greg Allen, Director, Wadhwani Center for AI and Advanced Technologies and Senior Fellow, Strategic Technologies Program, CSIS
  • Drew Endy, BioBricks Foundation President, Martin Family Fellow, Stanford University
  • Jason Matheny, President, RAND Corporation
  • Kendra Schaefer, Partner, Trivium China; Nonresident Fellow, The National Bureau of Asia Research (NBR)

11:45am – 12:45pm: Knowing Your Customer and Reputational Risk: What the Risk Assessors Say About Risk in China

  • Moderator: Bill Bishop, Author, Sinocism
  • David Barboza, Co-Founder, The Wire Digital
  • John Garnaut, Founder, Garnaut Global
  • Isaac Stone Fish, CEO, Strategy Risks

12:45 – 1:45pm: Luncheon

        [1:15 – 1:45pm] Alignment, Competition, and Engagement: An Update on the Economic Statecraft Dimensions of the Biden Administration's China Policy

  • Moderator: Kevin Nealer, Principal, The Scowcroft Group
  • Jose Fernandez, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, U.S. Department of State

2:00  3:10pm: Preparing for Taiwan Risk: Implications for U.S. Companies and the Global Economy

  • Framing Comments: Ely Ratner, Assistant Secretary for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Moderator: Kurt Tong, Managing Partner and member of the Executive Committee, The Asia Group
  • John Culver, Nonresident Senior Fellow, China Global Hub, Atlantic Council
  • Bonnie Glaser, Managing Director for Indo-Pacific, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
  • Jimmy Goodrich, Vice President, Global Policy, Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)

3:10  3:20pm: Networking Break

3:20 – 3:30pm: The View of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

  • Suzanne Clark, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

3:30 – 4:00pm: Views from the House: Is the U.S. Rising to the Competition or Still in the Starting Blocks?

  • Moderator: James McGregor, Chairman for Greater China, APCO Worldwide
  • Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Chair, U.S. House Select Committee on the CCP 
  • Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Ranking Member, U.S. House Select Committee on the CCP 

4:00pm: Closing Remarks

  • Jeremie Waterman, President, U.S. Chamber China Center
  • Michael Hart, President, AmCham China

Knowledge Partner



We are excited to be supported by Trivium China who will serve as this year's Conference Knowledge Partner. Trivium is a policy research team producing readable, primary source-driven analysis on China's political economy.

In partnership with Trivium, we are pleased to offer each Conference attendee the below benefits:

  • Three-month complimentary access to Trivium's proprietary China policy tracking platform, Neopol
  • An executive briefing book containing
    • China's latest personnel appointments, policy trajectories, economic trends
    • Analysis of China's latest government and party reorganization, and what it means for businesses
    • Geopolitical risk analysis, focusing on how business should evaluate rising tensions in the Taiwan Strait
  • A handy pocket calendar of key dates for Chinese policy and politics in 2023


**All registrations for the Conference are subject to U.S. Chamber China Center and AmCham China Approval**

Registration Fee:

U.S. Chamber / AmCham China Member




*U.S. Chamber China Center or ILP members are entitled to one complimentary registration. Please contact cbc@uschamber.com for more information. 

**Discounted rates available for governments and think tank / academic institutions


To learn more or if you have any questions, please reach out to cbc@uschamber.com.

Sponsorship Opportunities 

If your company is interested in sponsoring the 2023 China Business Conference, please contact cbc@uschamber.com

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