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

May 6-8, 2024
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H St NW
Washington, D.C.


The China Business Conference, now in its 14th year, is the premier forum in the United States, and one of the premier forums globally, 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 explore the latest on economic and political developments in China, discuss critical issues in the relationship, and shape the bilateral and global policy agendas around China. As U.S.-China competition intensifies, and the linkages between economic and national security proliferate, it is essential that government and business work together to promote vast commercial opportunities that don’t implicate national security, advance clear communication, and support people-to-people exchanges that support stable and constructive ties.

The 2024 conference will provide a vital platform for the business community, the U.S. government, members of congress, and policy experts to engage in these critical discussions about the path forward in U.S.-China relations.

The principal themes this year’s conference will explore are geopolitical risk, technology competition, and overcapacity.

This year's Conference will open with a welcome reception on the evening of May 6, followed by substantive panels over two days on May 7 and 8 covering the full suite of issues weighing on bilateral relations. 



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

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

5:30 – 7:30 pm: Opening Reception 

8:00 – 8:45 am: Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 am: Opening Remarks 

  • Jeremie Waterman, President, China Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Michael Hart, President, American Chamber of Commerce in China

9:00 – 9:45 am: China’s Foreign Investment Environment: Regaining Lost Ground or Forever Changed?  

  • Moderator: Michael Hart, President, American Chamber of Commerce in China
  • Sean Stein, Chairman, American Chamber of Commerce in China
  • Eric Zheng, President, American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai
  • Joerg Wuttke, President Emeritus, European Chamber of Commerce in China; Vice President, BASF China

9:45 – 10:45 am: Ideology and Security in Chinese Politics: Implications for U.S. Business 

  • Moderator: Evan Osnos, Staff Writer, The New Yorker
  • Sarah Beran, Senior Director for China and Taiwan Affairs, National Security Council, White House
  • Mikko Huotari, Executive Director, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)
  • Chris Johnson, President and CEO, China Strategies Group
  • Rick Waters, China Practice Managing Director, Eurasia Group

10:45 – 11:00 am: Coffee Break 

11:00 – 11:15 am: Keynote Remarks: U.S.-China Relations in a Pivotal Decade 

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

11:15 – 12:15 pm: Is the Miracle Over? CCP Economic Goals, Policymaking, and Outcomes in Xi’s Third Term 

  • Moderator: Dan Rosen, Co-founder, Rhodium Group
  • Gerard DiPippo, Senior Geoeconomics Analyst, Bloomberg
  • Andrew Polk, Co-founder and Head of Economic Research, Trivium China
  • Nancy Qian, James J. O'Connor Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

12:15 – 1:45 pm: Lunch

1:45 – 2:45 pm: Managing Geopolitical Risk in An Era of Intense Bilateral Competition: Lessons for American Business 

  • Moderator: Jim McGregor, Chairman for Greater China, APCO Worldwide
  • Randy Phillips, Senior Associate (Non-resident), Freeman Chair in China Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Meg Rithmire, F. Warren McFarlan Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
  • Jing Ulrich, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Investment Banking, JPMorgan Chase

2:45 – 3:45 pm: From the Campaign Trail: China and the 2024 U.S. Presidential Election  

  • Moderator: Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President, Chief Policy Officer, and Head of Strategic Advocacy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • John Murphy, Senior Vice President, Head of International, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Kristen Soltis Anderson, Founding Partner, Echelon Insights
  • Laura Silver, Associate Director, Pew Research Center

3:45 – 4:00 pm: Coffee Break 

4:00 – 5:15 pm: Commercial Engagement with “Countries of Concern”: Managing the New U.S. Regulatory Landscape for Doing Business with China 

  • Moderator: David Fagan, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP 
  • Framing Remarks: Alan Estevez, Under Secretary for Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • John Crowley, President and CEO, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
  • Meghan Harris, Senior Vice President, Beacon Global Strategies 
  • Adam Hickey, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
  • Emily Kilcrease, Senior Fellow and Director, Energy, Economics, and Security Program, Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

7:30 – 8:00am    Breakfast

8:00 – 8:45am    The Congress and China: Views from the Select Committee on the CCP

  • Moderator: John Murphy, Senior Vice President, Head of International, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • The Honorable John Moolenaar (R-MI), Chairman, House Select Committee on the CCP

8:45 – 10:00 am: Superpower of Everything? What to Do About China’s ULTRA Overcapacity on the Eve of 2025? 

  • Moderator: Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, Chair, Parkside Global Advisors; Former U.S. Trade Representative
  • Noah Friedman, Vice President, Enterprise Strategy & Transformation, Medtronic
  • Jimmy Goodrich, Senior Advisor for Technology Analysis, RAND Corporation; Senior Associate (Non-resident), Wadhwani Center for AI and Advanced Technologies, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

  • Maria Martin-Prat, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Trade Policy, European Commission

  • Brad Setser, Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

  • Joerg Wuttke, President Emeritus, European Chamber of Commerce in China

10:00 – 11:00 am: Competition for the Global South: Does the U.S. Have a Value Proposition? 

  • Moderator: Sarah Kemp, Vice President, International Government Affairs, Intel
  • Lola Woetzel, Director and Senior Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Mark Kennedy, Director, Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition, Wilson Center
  • Jonathan Fritz, Chief of Staff, Undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, U.S. Department of State
  • Chris Schroeder, Chair of the Board of Trustees, German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF); Author, Venture Capitalist, Entrepreneur

11:00 – 11:15 am: Coffee Break  

11:15 – 12:15 pm: The Existential Competition? AI, Quantum and Biotechnology

  • Moderator: Ambassador Karan Bhatia, Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google
  • Gregory C. Allen, Director, Wadhwani Center for AI and Advanced Technologies, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Tarun Chhabra, Senior Director for Technology and National Security, U.S. National Security Council
  • Jason Matheny, CEO, RAND Corporation
  • Michelle Rozo, Vice Chair, National Security Commission on Emerging Biotechnology (NSCEB)

12:15 – 12:45 pm: Lunch (buffet lunch served in Briefing Center)

12:45 – 1:30 pm: Keynote Lunch – Digital Technologies and U.S.-China Military Competition: How Will They Impact American Businesses?

  • Moderator: Zachary Mears, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Anduril
  • Dr. Radha Plumb, Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer, U.S. Department of Defense

1:30 – 2:30 pm: A Look Back and a Look Forward: China Policy in the Next Administration

  • Moderator: Ambassador Susan Schwab, Strategic Advisor, Mayer Brown LLP; Professor Emerita, University of Maryland School of Public Policy; Former U.S. Trade Representative
  • Peter Harrell, Nonresident Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Jeffrey Kessler, Partner, WilmerHale
  • Clete Willems, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Steve Yates, Senior Fellow and Chair, China Policy Initiative, America First Policy Institute

2:30 – 3:15 pm: Keynote Panel – The Future of America’s China Policy: A Moderated Conversation with The Honorable Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senator from Alaska

  • Moderator: Charles Freeman, Senior Vice President for Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • The Honorable Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senator from Alaska

3:15 - 3:30 pm   Coffee Break

3:30 - 4:10 pm    Keynote Panel: A Conversation on U.S.-China Relations with The Hon. Kurt Campbell

  • Moderator: Ambassador Michael Froman, President, Council on Foreign Relations; Former USTR
  • The Honorable Kurt Campbell, Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State

4:10 – 5:10 pm: A Fraught World: U.S.-China Relations and Global Hotspots 

  • Moderator: Evelyn N. Farkas, Executive Director, McCain Institute
  • Michèle Flournoy, Co-founder and Managing Partner, WestExec Advisors
  • Stephen Hadley, Principal, Rice Hadley Gates, & Manuel
  • Michael Morell, Senior Counselor, Beacon Global Strategies

5:10 – 5:15 pm: Closing Remarks 

5:15 – 6:30 pm: Closing Reception 



**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 members are entitled to one complimentary registration.

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

Please contact cbc@uschamber.com for more information. 

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. 

Trivium will produce exclusively for the China Business Conference a 2024 China Chartbook that will include:

•    The state of China's current economy and its outlook
•    Key business issues for American companies in China
•    China's evolving strategy for export controls

We are pleased to offer each Conference attendees a copy of the Chartbook.

Sponsorship Opportunities 

If your company is interested in sponsoring the 2024 China Business Conference, please contact cbc@uschamber.com


To learn more about the China Business Conference or if you have any questions, please reach out to cbc@uschamber.com.

Thank you to our sponsors