Rhetoric vs. Reality: The Shifting Dynamics of US-China Trade Relations
Friday 23 March 2018 (12-1:30pm)
Bloomberg, 25/f Cheung Kong Center, 2 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
As China continues to meet this week for its 13th National People’s Congress, the markets are looking for indications of how they would respond to a more confrontational US trade policy. President Donald Trump cast the first shot by announcing steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, risking retaliation from China and possibly others. But the reality could be that China may actually stand to gain from these actions.
China and the US have a complex and long-standing trading relationship that is often difficult to interpret. Bloomberg and the Hinrich Foundation have invited four leading US, European and China trade experts to discuss whether “Trade wars are good, and easy to win” and how an actual trade war between the two largest economies in the world could unfold in the region.
We have the pleasure of welcoming the following speakers to discuss the above:
- Edward Alden, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
- Stephen Olson, Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation
- Alicia Garcia Herrero, Chief Economist for Asia Pacific at Natixis and Senior Research Fellow at Bruegel
- Dong Tao, Vice Chairman Greater China, Credit Suisse Private Banking Asia Pacific
To set the context, Alden will open the discussion by sharing his views on what is driving the shift in US trade policy and possible future developments. Alden is a prominent trade policy expert. He recently co-authored Council on Foreign Relations’ discussion paper: “A Winning Trade Policy for the United States”.
Agenda:11:45 Registration, coffee/tea
12:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
12:05 Presentation by Edward Alden
12:25 Panel Discussion, moderated by Enda Curran, Asia Economics Correspondent, Bloomberg News
12:45 Audience Q&A
13:15 Lunch networking
Participation in this event is free of charge