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CBSI is the center for knowledge and innovation for global Chinese business and it creates and shares knowledge of global Chinese business by connecting scholars, executives, policy makers, students and, alumni through its unique platform rooted in USF's historical connections with China and San Francisco's vibrant Chinese American business community. 

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China Innovation and SF Bay Area Connection---The Impact of the New U.S. Trade Relationship and the Coronavirus

With the completion and signing of Phase 1 of the trade agreement between the U.S. and China and the Coronavirus outbreak, China's future development and its interactions with the U.S. will face many uncertain changes. University of San Francisco's China Business Studies Initiative (CBSI) is proud to host a forum to reflect on these timely challenges and opportunities. We have invited top business leaders from both China and the U.S. to share their insight on the prospects of a U.S. (Bay Area) and China business relationship. This conference will also showcase cutting edge innovation practices of Chinese companies.

Time: 2:00 - 5:00PM

Date: March 28th, 2-5pm

Location: Maraschi Room at Fromm Hall, University of San Francisco (2497 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118)


Cost: Free. 


2:00 - 2:10pm: Opening Remark -- Dean Charles Moses and Professor Xiaohua Yang

2:10 - 2:30pm: Keynote speech (tentative)

2:30 - 3:30pm: Industry Panel

3:30 - 4:20pm: Cases of China Innovation and Global Integration

4:20 - 4:25pm: Closing Remark

4:25 - 5:00pm: Networking

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November 01, 2019

Asia and Your Career

Hosted by CBSI and Co-sponsored by Asia Society 

Industry executives will discuss Asia business and offer advice on your career and the International Student Ambassador Program(ISAP) alumni and current students at USF will share their learning experiences.


Time: 5:00-6:30 pm

Date: November 1st, 2019

Location:  McLaren Room 251, USF main campus


5:00-5:10 pm   Welcome

5:10-5:50 pm   Executive Panel Discussion

5:50-6:10 pm   ISAP Alumni Panel Discussion

6:10-6:30 pm   Networking ​

April 23, 2018

Trumping Tariffs: Will Blockchain Technology Revolutionize Global Trade?

On March 23, 2018, the White House imposed steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, triggering retaliation from China in the form of import duties on 128 U.S. products totaling $3 billion. The Trump Administration has also announced plans to slap tariffs on Chinese imports worth $50 billion for alleged violations of American-owned intellectual property. Is a potential trade war brewing?

Trade has been historically shaped by policies and politics with significant shifts happening with newtechnology introduction. Technologies like Blockchain are positioned to rapidly change traditional manual trade processes and open trade networks at a rapid pace.

Our invited speakers examine how modern trade wars would be impacted by Blockchain technologies and how companies can shape their strategies to navigate through the changes in the global economiclandscape. Specifically, the following issues will be addressed at the forum: Who are the winners andlosers of a potential U.S.-China trade war? What is the impact of imposed trade tariffs (or IP trade war)
on Silicon Valley tech firms and startups? What will happen to the current and future Chinese investors intechnologies? What are some of the unintended consequences for both countries and the world if a trade war between U.S. and China materializes?

February 22, 2016

Hong Kong, China and the New Global Economy

On Monday, February 22, USF and the China Business Studies Initiative (CBSI) hosted a talk by the Honorable Clement Leung, Commissioner of Hong Kong to the United States, to discuss Hong Kong’s unique economic position and its implications for international business. Leung oversees the three Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices that are located in Washington D.C., New York and San Francisco. He also leads the Hong Kong government’s efforts by promoting U.S.-Hong Kong economic and trade ties.

Panel Discussion: Chinese Enterprises in the United States

Watch an interactive panel discussion on the release of the report: Chinese Enterprises in the United States. The panel is hosted by The China General Chamber of Commerce-USA and the China Business Studies Initiative at the USF School of Management.

A Successful China Business Studies Initiative Conference Strengthens US-China Business Ties

More than 200 scholars, students, practitioners and entrepreneurs from all over the world discussed the topic of Chinese businesses cracking the U.S. marketplace last month at the inaugural China Business Studies Initiative (CBSI) conference. Hosted by the University of San Francisco (USF), the conference brought delegations from esteemed international financial institutions such as Bank of China and East West Bank to the Bay

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