November 1

Opening Remarks

Welcoming remarks to begin the 2018 US-China Forum.
Speakers: Bala Srinivasan, Robert J. Zimmer, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera

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The Role of the Business Community in Developing US-China Relations

The presenters describe their personal experience with opening businesses in China, and reflect on the role that business relationships can play in shaping trade policy.
Speakers: Hank Paulson, Tom Pritzker; Facilitator: Michael Greenstone

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The Trillion Dollar Question: What are the Goals of China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

Presenters offer both skeptical and hopeful reviews of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, including an insightful exchange on the role of financing when determining costs and benefits of BRI projects.
Speakers: Austan Goolsbee, Kenneth Pomeranz, Dali Yang; Facilitator: Michelle Caruso-Cabrera

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Diplomacy in an Era of Trade Tension

This spirited discussion highlights a number of issues where US and Chinese diplomats don’t necessarily see eye-to-eye, but also reveals opportunities for possible negotiation.
Speakers: Max Sieben Baucus, Joshua Ramo, Zhou Wenzhong; Facilitator: Michelle Caruso-Cabrera

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China’s Economic Outlook: Issues and Policies

Amid questions of whether China can maintain its high growth rates into the future, panelists debated the merits of state vs. free-market economies and to what degree China has embraced market reforms.
Speakers: Yiping Huang, Anil Kashyap, Brad W. Setser; Facilitator: Robert E. Rubin

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November 2

Opening Remarks

Opening remarks and a brief recap of day one of the forum.
Speakers: Daniel Diermeier, Liu Jun

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China’s Role in Global Finance and Trade Growth

China’s ambitious development plans around the world have brought heightened attention to its financial systems, both state-owned and a growing shadow banking system. Presenters discussed the challenges and opportunities for both China and recipient countries.
Speakers: Lars Peter Hansen, Raghuram G. Rajan, Wang Yanzhi; Facilitator: Michelle Caruso-Cabrera

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Chinese Leadership in Global Clean Energy Investment, Green Finance, and Sustainable Infrastructure Development

China has experienced enormous health benefits from introducing pollution-control measures in some of its large cities, but there is still more work to be done, both in China and in the many countries where it has current and future development plans.
Speakers: Michael Greenstone, Deborah Lehr, Pin Ni, Richard L. Sandor; Facilitator: Michelle Caruso-Cabrera

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The Impacts of Chinese Investments on Recipient Countries

While China is still in the early stages of its wide-ranging Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the impacts of the varied development projects are already being felt around the world, with sometimes mixed results.
Speakers: Caroline Freund, W. Gyude Moore, Arif Rafiq, Andrew Small; Facilitator: Chang-Tai Hsieh

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