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By invitation only. Participation is free of charge and seats are limited.

As the benefits of trade between China and the U.S. are increasingly being challenged, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum is launching a new exhibition called “The Dragon and the Eagle: American Traders in China”. This exhibition will show how trade between China and the U.S. has evolved over the past 200 years and benefited those communities.

To open this exhibition, the Hinrich Foundation has invited prominent speakers to discuss the importance of trade to China, the U.S. and Hong Kong, and the future of international trade.

Speakers include:

  • Kurt W. Tong, Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau
  • Dr. Henry Huiyao Wang, Founder and President, Center for China and Globalization; Vice Chairman, China Association for International Economic Cooperation under MOFCOM; and Counselor, State Council of the People’s Republic of China
  • Peter J. Levesque, CEO and Group Managing Director, Modern Terminals Limited
  • Stephen Olson, Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation

We invite you to participate in this critical dialogue and preview the Hong Kong Maritime Museum’s remarkable new exhibition.


12:00 Registration, buffet lunch
12:30 Welcome and opening remarks
12:45 Introduction to the exhibition, Dr. Libby Lai-Pik Chan, Exhibition Curator and Assistant Director (Curatorial and Collections), Hong Kong Maritime Museum
12:50 Panel discussion, moderated by Yvonne Man, Anchor, Bloomberg L.P.
13:20 Audience Q&A
14:00 Discussion closes, exhibition preview

Venue: Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Pier No. 8, Hong Kong

For more information, please email: or call (852) 2509 8662

Speakers’ bios

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Kurt W. Tong

Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau

Mr. Kurt W. Tong assumed his duties as Consul General on August 27, 2016. Prior to that, he was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the Department of State and served as the Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. Earlier, he was the U.S. Ambassador for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), while concurrently serving as Economic Coordinator for the Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Mr. Tong has been a diplomat for the State Department since 1990, including service as Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council from 2006 to 2008 and as Economic Minister-Counselor in Seoul from 2003 to 2006. Prior to that, he served as Counselor for Environment, Science and Health at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and was a Visiting Scholar at the Tokyo University Faculty of Economics from 1995 to 1996.

Consul General Tong holds a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and studied economics at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute. He has also studied at the Beijing Institute of Education, Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei, Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Tokyo, and International Christian University in Tokyo.

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Dr. Henry Huiyao Wang

Founder and President, Center for China and Globalization

Dr. Henry Huiyao Wang is the Founder and President of the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) and the Vice Chairman of the China Association for International Economic Cooperation (CAIEC) under Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM). He was appointed by Premier Li Keqiang in 2015 as Counselor for the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. Earlier in his career, Dr. Wang worked with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade.  

Dr. Wang is also the Dean of the Institute of Development Studies at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, a member of Yale University Asia Development advisory board, a member of the advisory board of Richard Ivey School of Business in Asia, and a steering committee member of the Metropolis International Network. He’s currently serving on the steering committee of the Paris Peace Forum.  

Dr. Wang was a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and a visiting fellow at Brookings Institution. He has taught as Adjunct Professor at Guanghua School of Management at Peking University and Ivey School of Business at University of Western Ontario. He has published extensively on topics of globalization, One Belt One Road, and China outbound investment. His latest English book is China Goes Global: How China’s Overseas Investment is Transforming Its Business Enterprises (Palgrave Macmillan, London, England 2016).

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Merle A. Hinrich

Founder and Chairman, Hinrich Foundation

Mr. Merle A. Hinrich is a global business leader, trade pioneer and philanthropist. He dedicated his 60-year career to promoting mutually beneficial global trade, as the Founder and Executive Chairman of Global Sources, and as the Chairman of the Hinrich Foundation.

The Hinrich Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable global trade, i.e. trade with mutually acceptable terms, and balanced economic, social and environmental outcomes. The Foundation focuses on researching the conditions for improving the practice of global trade, to ensure that trade continues to create maximum benefits for all of its participants, for social cohesion and geopolitical stability.

In 1965, Mr. Hinrich obtained a Graduate degree in International Trade at Thunderbird School of Global Management. In 1996, the University of Nebraska awarded Mr. Hinrich an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. In 2010, the Thunderbird School of Global Management awarded him an honorary degree of Doctor of International Law. In 2015, Hong Kong Baptist University awarded him an Honorary University Fellowship.

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Peter J. Levesque

CEO and Group Managing Director, Modern Terminals Limited

Mr. Peter J. Levesque has over 25 years of international transportation and logistics experience in Asia. In addition to being CEO of Modern Terminals, he sits on the Shipping and Transport Committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and is also a member of the Hong Kong-United States Business Council.

Prior to joining Modern Terminals, Mr. Levesque served as Senior Vice President and Global Head of the CEVA Logistics Supply Chain Group and as Regional Vice President for DHL International Supply Chain Asia Pacific.

Mr. Levesque holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and HKUST. He has served as Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship for the Kellogg/HKUST EMBA program, and for the HKUST MBA program and was the Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong from 2014 to 2015 and the President of the American Club in Hong Kong in 2013.

Mr. Levesque is the author of The Shipping Point, The Rise of China and the Future of Retail Supply Chain Management, published by Wiley & Sons in 2011.

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Stephen Olson

Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation

Mr. Stephen Olson has over 25 years of international trade experience, having held senior positions in the private sector, international organizations, government, and academia in Asia, the Middle East, and the United States.

Mr. Olson began his career in Washington DC as an international trade negotiator, and served on the U.S. negotiating team for the NAFTA negotiations. He subsequently became President of the Hong Kong-based Pacific Basin Economic Council, and Vice Chairman of Cairo-based ARTOC Group for Investment and Development. Currently, he is also a Visiting Scholar at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Mr. Olson has a master’s degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and has a BA from the State University of New York.

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Yvonne Man

Anchor, Bloomberg L.P.

Ms. Yvonne Man co-anchors “Daybreak Asia” on Bloomberg Television, bringing viewers the most pressing global business, political and financial information as U.S. markets close and Asian markets open.

Since joining Bloomberg in 2014, Ms. Man has covered several key events around the region, and interviewed many influential business leaders. Prior to Bloomberg Television, she was a reporter and anchor with Fox-affiliate WXIN in Indianapolis.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Man covered the 2012 U.S. elections and conducted a one-on-one interview with Republican front-runner Mitt Romney.

Raised in Toronto and Hong Kong, Ms. Man received her Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism and Business Institutions from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in the U.S. Man speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Dr. Libby Lai-Pik Chan

Exhibition Curator and Assistant Director (Curatorial and Collections), Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Dr. Libby Lai-Pik Chan oversees the museum’s curatorial practices, is responsible for the development of exhibitions and collections, and directs the CSSC Museum Resource Centre as well as the development of the museum’s Library and Archive.

Before joining the Maritime Museum, Dr. Chan was the Senior Curator (China) at the Asian Civilizations Museum, National Heritage Board of Singapore, overseeing the Chinese collection and leading the China gallery revamp project.

Previously, Dr. Chan was the Research Associate and Curator at the Art Museum, Institute of Chinese Studies, and was the lecturer at the Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She also served as a J. S. Lee Memorial Curatorial Fellow at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and was the Curatorial Consultant at the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas.

Dr. Chan’s research interests include the history and heritage of the Maritime Silk Routes, Chinese decorative and export arts, cross-regional studies on East-West material cultures, and the maritime history of Hong Kong and Southern China.