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The event is open to members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Chamber of Commerce in China and their invited guests only. If you are interested in attending the Conference, please contact the China Center at cbc@uschamber.com.

The U.S. Chamber China Center and AmCham-China are pleased to host the 12th Annual China Business Conference on Wednesday, March 9 to Friday, March 11 and on Monday, March 14 to Tuesday, March 15.

The annual China Business Conference is the premier forum for exchanging ideas on the U.S.-China economic and commercial relations, including economic, political, and regulatory developments affecting American business in China. In a virtual setting, the conference convenes approximately 1000 business leaders, public officials, and academic experts to discuss critical issues in the relationship and shape the bilateral policy agenda. For more details on last year's conference, please see here. 

In light of persistent global economic and pandemic-related 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 exceptionally robust. Please contact the China Center (cbc@uschamber.com) with any questions.


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



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All times are listed in U.S. Eastern Time (ET)

Schedule and topics are subject to change.


8:30-8:40 am: Opening Remarks

  • Al Beebe, President, American Chamber of Commerce in China
  • Jeremie Waterman, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce China Center

8:40-9:35 am: The State of Foreign Business in China: Commerce, Regulation and Politics Amidst a Global Pandemic

  • Jim McGregor [Moderator], Chairman, Greater China, APCO
  • Colm Rafferty, Chairman, American Chamber of Commerce in China
  • Sean Stein, Chairman, American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai; Senior Advisor, Covington & Burling
  • Joerg Wuttke, President, European Chamber of Commerce in China

9:35-10:30 am: As Far as the Eye Can See: Looking Ahead to Xi's Third Term

  • Bill Bishop [Moderator], Author, Sinocism
  • Chris Johnson, President and CEO, China Strategies Group
  • Ling Li, Lecturer in the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna
  • Joseph Torigian, Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University

10:30-10:45 am: Break

10:45-11:40 am: China's Changing Growth Model? New Trends in the Chinese Economy

  • Lingling Wei [Moderator], Chief China Correspondent, Wall Street Journal
  • Gerard DiPippo, Senior Fellow, Economics Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • David Hoffman, Senior Vice President, Asia and Managing Director, China Center for Economics & Business, The Conference Board
  • Zhu Ning, Professor of Finance and Deputy Dean, Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance and Deputy Dean, National Institute of Financial Research, Tsinghua University
  • Mark Williams, Chief Asia Economist, Capital Economics

11:45 am-12:30 pm: A Changed World for Business: Navigating a New Geopolitics and Strains on the Global Economic System

  • Myron Brilliant [Moderator], Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Division, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Tom Donilon, Chairman, BlackRock Investment Institute; Former National Security Advisor
  • Susan Schwab, Professor Emerita, University of Maryland; Strategic Advisor of International Trade, Mayer Brown; Former U.S. Trade Representative

12:30-12:40 pm: Closing Remarks

8:30-9:30 am: The Great Squeeze: Coercion, Extraterritoriality and Implications for Foreign Companies

  • Bonnie Glaser [Moderator], Director, Asia Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Jonathan Fritz, Chief of Staff to Jose Fernandez, the Undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, U.S. Department of State
  • Randal Phillips, Partner, Mintz Group
  • Friedolin Strack, Head of the Department for International Markets, Federation of German Industries (BDI) 
  • Karen Sutter, Specialist in Asian Trade and Finance, Congressional Research Service (CRS)

9:30-10:30 am: Unpacking China's Digital Fortress: What Does it Mean for Foreign Companies and Decoupling?

  • Benjamin Jacobs [Moderator], Director, China, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Joe Bao, President, China, Microsoft
  • James Lewis, Senior Vice President and Director, Strategic Technologies Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Chris Millward, Managing Director, USITO
  • Kendra Schaefer, Partner, Tech, Trivium China

10:30-10:45 am: Break

10:45-11:30 am: National Security Strategy, Technology and the Private Sector

  • Demetri Sevastopulo [Moderator], U.S.-China Correspondent, Financial Times
  • Michèle Flournoy, Co-founder and Managing Partner, WestExec Advisors
  • Mac Thornberry, Former Chairman, House Armed Services Committee

11:30 am-11:40 am: Closing Remarks

8:30-9:30 am: Lessons from Huawei, Working with Allies and Partners, and the Future of U.S. Export Control Policy Toward China

  • William Reinsch [Moderator], Scholl Chair in International Business, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Matthew Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Jimmy Goodrich, Vice President, Global Policy, Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)
  • Cordell Hull, Principal, WestExec Advisors
  • Peter Lichtenbaum, Partner, Covington & Burling

9:30-10:30 am: The Investment Conundrum: From FIRRMA to Outbound Regulation?

  • John Murphy [Moderator], Senior Vice President, International Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • David Fagan, Partner, Covington & Burling 
  • David Hanke, Partner, ArentFox Schiff LLP
  • Peter Harrell, Senior Director, International Economics and Competitiveness, U.S. National Security Council
  • Emily Kilcrease, Senior Fellow and Director, Energy, Economics and Security Program, Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

10:30-10:45 am: Break

10:45-11:45 am: The Current and Future Role of China Sanctions and Their Impact on American Business

  • Stephanie Segal [Moderator], Senior Associate, Economics Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Eric Carlson, Partner, Covington & Burling
  • Ivan Kanapathy, Vice President, Beacon Global Strategies
  • Jim Mullinax, Director, Office of Economic Sanctions Policy and Implementation, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State 

11:45 am-12:30 pm: A Conversation with Andy Browne, Editorial Director, Bloomberg New Economy Forum, and NBC Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Commentator

  • Jim McGregor [Moderator]Chairman, Greater China, APCO
  • Andy Browne, Editorial Director, Bloomberg New Economy Forum, and NBC Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Commentator

12:30-12:40 pm: Closing Remarks

8:30-9:30 am: The Three Cs: Now What?

  • Jeremie Waterman [Moderator], President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce China Center
  • Wendy Cutler, Vice President, Asia Society Policy Institute
  • Richard McGregor, Senior Fellow for East Asia, Lowy Institute
  • Evan Medeiros, The Penner Family Chain, Asia Studies in the School of Foreign Service and the Cling Family: Distinguished Fellow in U.S.-China Studies
  • Derek Scissors, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

9:30-10:30 am: Is the Trend our Friend? Projecting the Impact of U.S.-China Relations on American Business in 5 Years

  • Bob Davis [Moderator], former Senior Editor, Wall Street Journal
  • Charlene Barshefsky, Chair, Parkside Global Advisors; Former U.S. Trade Representative
  • Stephen Hadley, Principal, Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC; Former U.S. National Security Advisor
  • Robert O'Brien, Chairman, American Global Strategies, Former U.S. National Security Advisor

10:30-11:30 am: Break

11:30 am-12:30 pm: View from the Senate: Congressional Perspectives on China

  • Charles Freeman [Moderator], Senior Vice President for Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Hon. Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senator from Alaska
  • Hon. Chris Van Hollen, U.S. Senator from Maryland

12:30-12:40 pm: Closing Remarks

**Sessions Resume in Evening**

7:00-8:00 pm: Exploring the Cooperative Agenda: The Future of Climate and Sustainability Cooperation

  • Angel Hsu [Moderator], Assistant Professor of Public Policy and the Environment, Ecology, and Energy Program (E3P), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Junfeng Li, President of Sequoia Carbon Neutrality Research Institute, Standing Director of China Energy Research Society (CERS)
  • Ting Li, Regional Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, SIPA, Columbia University

8:30-9:30 am: Forging Impactful Alliances Among Allies and Partners: Hope vs. Reality

  • Tim Stratford [Moderator], Managing Partner, Covington & Burling Beijing Office
  • Jennifer Harris, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economics & Labor, National Security Council and National Economic Council
  • Hirobumi Kayama, Director, Security Trade Control Policy Division and Economic Security Office, Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI), Japan
  • Peter Sandler, Director for Enforcement, Market Access, SMEs, Legal Affairs and Technology, EU Commission
  • Kevin Wolf, Partner, Akin Gump

9:30-9:40 am: Closing Remarks