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2019 Hong Kong Forum on U.S.-China Relations: WHAT NOW WHAT NEXT

July , 2019


Building Bridges After G-20

In an effort to build on the forward momentum of bilateral discussions following the G-20 Summit, the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) co-hosted the “U.S.-China Trade & Economic Relations: What Now, What Next” forum in Hong Kong on July 9-10, 2019. Gathering more than 40 past and current major stakeholders and influencers in the China-U.S. relationship, forum attendees from the United States, China, and other Asia Pacific countries came together to candidly address the challenges facing China-U.S. relations, as well as to explore new and creative ways to find a consensus on shared issues.

CUSEF and CCIEE share the belief that constructive dialogue and diverse exchanges are essential to advancing the relationship between one of the world’s most developed nations and its most populous, fast-developing nation. “Our discussions will not only be useful and give inspiration, but also will encourage people to take an extra step in support of this very important U.S.-China relationship,” Tung Chee-hwa, founder and Chairman of CUSEF, stated in his opening remarks,. “I also hope that at the end we can come away more confident about the future.” 



  • I’m delighted to welcome all of you today to this beautiful spot in Hong Kong to talk about a topic of great global significance. I hope these beautiful surroundings can give you all additional inspiration.
    President Xi and President Trump met on the fringes of the G20 meeting in Osaka on the 29th of June. And it is now time to get together. People will say it’s too soon after the meeting, but that’s exactly the point: to discuss its impact and importance to all of us.
    I’m glad that today and tomorrow we will have the opportunity to thoroughly discuss many important issues. And I hope that our discussions will not only be useful to you, but that they will encourage you to take extra steps in support of the very important U.S.-China relationship.
    Finally, I hope that at the end of this gathering, we can come away more positive and more confident about the future. I would like to express my gratitude to every one of you for coming, some of you from very faraway places, to participate in this gathering. To you, to every one of you, thank you.

    Tung Chee-hwa

    Vice Chairman of the CPPCC, Founder of CUSEF
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