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US-Chinese relations have been strained as the world’s two largest economies have engaged in trade conflict – escalating with the imposition of tariffs under the Trump Administration. In a new book, Superpower Showdown: How the Battle Between Trump and Xi Threatens a New Cold War, veteran journalists Bob Davis and Lingling Wei, explore the political and economic dynamics of US-China relations.

BFI-China and the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research hosted Davis and Wei for a virtual discussion of their book, moderated by Booth Professor of Finance and BFI-China Director Zhiguo He. They were joined by Booth Professor of Economics Chang-Tai Hsieh and Tsinghua University Dean of School of Economics & Management Chong-En Bai for a roundtable discussion on the book and the broader topic of US-China trade relationships. Following the roundtable, the panelists took audience questions.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
7:30 am - 7:35 am
Welcome and Introductions
Zhiguo He, Fuji Bank and Heller Professor of Finance, Booth School of Business
7:35 am - 8:30 am
Roundtable Discussion
Chong-En Bai, Mansfield Freeman Chair Professor, Department of Economics; Dean, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University
Bob Davis, Senior Editor The Wall Street Journal, DC Bureau
Chang-Tai Hsieh, Phyllis and Irwin Winkelried Professor of Economics and PCL Faculty Scholar, University of Chicago Booth School of Business; Co-Director of BFI Development Economics Initiative
Lingling Wei, Senior China Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal
Zhiguo He (Moderator), Fuji Bank and Heller Professor of Finance, Booth School of Business
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Audience Q&A