Hong Kong Forum on US-China Relations
The Way Forward


Event Moderator: James Chau, Editor-at-Large, China-US Focus

Program Rundown

Jan 26th, Tuesday 8:30 – 11:00 am HKT

08:30 – 08:40, Welcome Remarks:

 Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

08:45 – 11:00 am HKT, US-China Relations: Outlook


 Zeng Peiyan, Chairman of China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE).
 Jean Chretien, Former Prime Minister of Canada.
 Romano Prodi, Former Prime Minister of Italy, Former President of the European Commission.
 Yasuo Fukuda, Former Prime Minister of Japan.
 Carlos Gutierrez, Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
 Carla Hills, Former U.S. Trade Representative.
 Tung Chee Hwa, Vice Chairman of the 13th CPPCC National Committee, Chairman of the China-United States Exchange Foundation.


Jan 27th, Wednesday

Session 1 Trade and the Economy 1, 8:30 – 10:00 am HKT

Coronavirus has thrown the world into its worst recession since the Second World War. Recovery won't happen within a short time. The existing global trading system has been served a double whammy - the trade war and the pandemic. Is returning to normal, globalized order--a rule-based multilateralism--the most effective way back to global economic recovery? Between China and the US, is it most important that the two nations should resume normal communication, eliminate the tariffs against one another, restart BIT negotiation, and push for WTO reform?


Lawrence Lau, Ralph and Claire Landau Professor of Economics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Economic Development, Emeritus, at Stanford University.

Keynotes (10 min each):

 Michael Spence, Nobel Laureate in Economics. Philip H. Knight Professor Emeritus of Management in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford.
 Zhang Xiaoqiang, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE).

Panel (5 min each):

 Myron Brilliant, Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
 Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore (NUS).
 Xu Bu, President of China Institute of International Studies.
 Zhang Yuyan, Director of Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Chief Expert of National Institute for Global Strategy, CASS.
 Zhu Min, Former Deputy Managing Director of IMF, Former Deputy Governor of the People's Bank of China.
Chen Anning, Vice President of Ford Motor Company Group, President and CEO of Ford Motor (China) Co., Ltd.

09:40 – 10:00 Panel Discussion

Session 2 Trade and the Economy 2, 10:00 – 11:30 am HKT

Integrating individual nation's needs and regional interests can enhance prosperity for the region and help stabilize global economy. RCEP, the latest example of economic regionalization, is the region's tangible action to reaffirm multinationalism, and a major step towards building an open global economy. China has also expressed its willingness to join the CPTPP. Should China and the US work together on constructing a high standard trading system that can lead to a high level Asia-Pacific free trade zone?


  Victor Fung, Honorary Chairman of Li & Fung Limited and Vice Chairman of the China–United States Exchange Foundation.

Keynotes (10 min each):

 Bi Jingquan, Executive Vice Chairman of China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE); Vice Chairman of the Committee on Economic Affairs of the 13th CPPCC National Committee.
 Stephen Roach, Senior Fellow at Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, Senior Lecturer, School of Management, Yale University.

Panel (5 min each):

 Craig Allen, President of the United States-China Business Council.
 Chen Wenling, Chief Economist of China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE).
 Bob Holden, Chairman & CEO of United States Heartland China Association and the Former Governor of Missouri.
Jerry Liu, President of Cargill China and Managing Director of Cargill Starches, Sweeteners and Texturizer (CSST).
 Wang Yiming, Former Vice President (Vice Minister) of Development Research Center of the State Council, P. R. China.
 Zhu Guangyao, Former Vice Minister, Ministry of Finance, P. R. China.

11:10 – 11:30 Panel Discussion


January 28th, Thursday

Session 1 Technology and Global Challenges,  8:30 – 10:00 am HKT

History has shown that technological advancement benefits mankind, but politicizing technological advancement can lead to disasters. Coronavirus pandemic has created tremendous challenge for the world. To overcome it, it should be obvious that the world needs technological cooperation and not decoupling. Aside from pandemics, mankind also faces other global challenges such as terrorism, natural disasters, and climate change. As all nations are but a community sharing a common human destiny, should we not cooperate under the framework of the United Nations and international laws, and help one another, with abler nations doing more? It is inevitable that nations will compete. But are there not common grounds where competition can be based on rules and directed towards positive result that benefits mankind?


Jiang Zengwei, Former Chairman of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.

Keynotes (10 min each):

 Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate in Physics. William R. Kenan Jr. Professor and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University. Former U.S. Secretary of Energy.
 Xie Zhenhua, Special Adviser on Climate Change Affairs, Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China. President of the Institute of Climate Change & Sustainable Development, Tsinghua University.

Panel (5 min each):

 He Yafei, Distinguished Professor of Yenching Academy and Former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, P. R. China.
 Frank Meng, Chairman, Qualcomm China.
 Miao Wei, Vice Chairman of the Committee on Economic Affairs of the 13th CPPCC National Committee.
 Bill Owens, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Red Bison, former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
 Wang Binghua, Former President of State Power Investment Corporation Limited.
Ian Yang, Corporate Vice President and President of Intel China.
Zhou Zixue, Chairman of the Board of the Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC).

09:40 – 10:00 Panel Discussion 

Session 2 People to People Exchange, 10:00 – 11:30 am HKT

Mankind faces many challenges. To overcome them, we need to draw from wisdom and experience of different cultures and civilizations. By communicating with and learning from one another, the world community can strengthen itself against global challenges. In the past four years, we saw many disruptions to people exchange between China and the U.S. Such disruptions deepen misunderstanding and prejudice. On the other hand, people exchange should benefit both, and is also what the two peoples desire. Is there room for China and the U.S. to increase exchanges and communication in the areas of education, sports, tourism, civil institutions, think tanks? Would that not create a positive environment for stable development of China-U.S. relations?


Fred Teng, President of the America China Public Affairs Institute

Keynotes (10 min each):

 Stephen Orlins, President of the National Committee on United States-China Relations.
 Wang Chao, President of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs.

Panel (5 min each):

 Max Baucus, Former Ambassador to China and Former U.S. Senator from Montana.
 Neil Bush, Founder and Chairman of the George H.W. Bush Foundation For U.S.-China Relations.
 David Firestein, President & CEO of the George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations.
 Lin Songtian, President of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.
 Shao Qiwei, Chairman of the former China National Tourism Administration (CNTA).
 John Zhao, Founder & Chairman of Hony Capital.

11:10 – 11:27 Panel Discussion

11:27 – 11:30

Closing Remarks:

 Tung Chee Hwa, Vice Chairman of the 13th CPPCC National Committee, Chairman of the China -United States Exchange Foundation.

(* All dates and times are listed in Hong Kong Standard Time.)