AmCham Shanghai China Business Report Launch and Panel Discussion on China Business Climate

Date: September 23

Time: 3:30 to 5:30

Event Description: China has been the key market and supplier for American businesses for the past decade. COVID-19, U.S.-China tensions, and China domestic economic policies have changed how American companies operate but have not slowed down investment. American businesses are continuing to navigate the market and opportunities for growth still exist. The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham Shanghai), one of the largest chambers in Asia, will release its long-running China Business Report on September 23 in Shanghai and San Francisco. The report provides views of the business community on their experience in doing business in China and includes information on investment trends, business outlook and challenges.

AmCham Shanghai and the University of San Francisco’s China Business Studies Initiative will launch the report in the United States with a presentation on the key findings of the report by AmCham Shanghai President Ker Gibbs and a panel discussion of experts and business leaders on the China business climate. This is an exclusive discussion on how the business environment is evolving in China and how American companies are adjusting their strategies in this dynamic market.

Target Audience: We expect an audience of 35-40 people from the business, academic and government community. This event is by invitation only.


3:30 PM               Welcome Remarks by USF President Paul Fitzgerald (invited)

3:35 PM               Keynote speech: California State Treasurer Fiona Ma (invited)

3:55 PM               Presentation by Ker Gibbs on AmCham Shanghai China Business Report

4:20 PM               Panel Discussion moderated by Professor Xiaohua Yang

                             Panel speakers:

                             Ker Gibbs, President, AmCham, Shanghai

                             Howard Lin, Head of Business Development, Alibaba Cloud

                             Peter Lorentzen, Professor of Economics, USF

                             Vivien Wang, International Taxation Partner, Deloitt

                             Don Williams, Partner, Hogan Lovells International LLP

5:15  PM.             Q&A

5:30 PM               Event Ends


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Global Business in the Digital Age and Post-COVID-19

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Digital technology has profoundly reshaped global business. Not only has it accelerated the process of firm internationalization but also facilitated inter-firm cross-border cooperation. However, for the global top 100 digital multinationals, only 41% of their total assets are located overseas, compared with 65% for traditional multinationals, showing a considerable difference between these two groups. In terms of sales, 73% of digital multinationals' sales are overseas, compared with 64% for traditional multinationals. Furthermore, technological competition has intensified across national boundaries. However, the increasing geopolitical tensions and the rise of nationalism have led many countries to restrict the use of digital technology, thereby limiting the flow of information and cross-border business activities.

With the Covid-19 Pandemic and its impact on business digital transformation, companies face new opportunities and challenges in the global arena. How can they deal with the precarious changes and achieve sustainable international growth? What are the characteristics of effective business models in today’s global business environment? These issues will be extensively discussed during the 5th ECUST & USF International Conference to be held virtually on June 12-13, 2021 (North America Pacific Standard Time: June 11-12). The Conference will provide a platform to exchange views on various business challenges and solutions in today’s environment. During the two-day conference, there will be a variety of sessions/activities, including keynote speeches, academic and industry dialogues, an education leaders’ forum, regular and special paper sessions, etc. We sincerely welcome scholars, education leaders, industry executives, entrepreneurs, and policymakers to participate in our discussions.



Bay Area and China Relations Under the Biden Administration

Fireside Chat with USF President Paul Fitzgerald and BAC President Jim Wunderman

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           Bay Area, the 17th largest economy in the world, is the home to world-leading universities,  technology leaders, thousands of innovative startups, and many of the world’s most highly capitalized companies.  Many of those companies are global, and active in both trade and investment. The Bay Area is also a historic gateway to China, with the oldest and largest Chinese population, cultural fluency, and deep university and business ties witnessed by venture flows, R&D, and large numbers of Chinese students who study at Bay Area universities.  Ripples in the US-China economic relations are felt throughout the region, and the trade war launched in 2016 by the Trump Administration and the subsequent deterioration in political relations have been damaging. The Biden Administration has brought policy change, but how much?

            We have invited two prominent Bay Area leaders to share with you what they see occurring in the Biden Administration and how these changes impact the Bay Area, particularly in education and high technology. University of San Francisco President Paul Fitzgerald and Bay Area Council President Jim Wunderman will offer their views on the direction of the Biden administration’s China policies, strategies for how to navigate the uncertainties that are now deeply embedded in the US-China relationship, and the potential for continued cooperation between the Bay Area and China.

           Sean Randolph, the senior director of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, will introduce the topic for discussions and the session will be moderated by Peter Lorentzen, Professor of economics and the CBSI executive board member at University of San Francisco.