San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
“China – California Trade: Opportunities and Challenges”
University of San Francisco Conference
Oct 27, 2012, Saturday 1PM to 7PM
Governor Jerry Brown has announced the re-opening of California Trade and Investment Offices in China. These new Offices will provide California companies – especially small- and medium-sized enterprises who lack global resources – with business contacts throughout China. The Offices will also support the recruitment of Chinese Direct Foreign Investment into California, strengthening existing ties between the world's 2nd and 9th largest economies.
• China is one of the world's fastest growing economies over the past decade, and its efforts to reform and modernize have helped transform China into a large trading economy. China's total trade was close to $3 trillion in 2011, making it the 3rd largest trading nation and the and the country with the 2nd largest economy in the world. This translates into enormous opportunities for U.S./California exporters.
• California exports to Mainland China increased to $14.2 billion in 2011, making it California's 3rd largest trading partner. California exports to Hong Kong and Taiwan increased last year as well, to total $14.7 billion. China could be a significantly larger market for California exports in the future.
• Chinese investment in the U.S. is fundamentally good for the U.S. economy because it creates new jobs, maintains existing ones, provides new sources of capital, develops infrastructure and ultimately serves to strengthen U.S.-China commercial ties.
This China Conference will seek to explore current issues in trade and commerce between China and California. The aim of the conference is not only to understand trade developments, but also to encourage a mutual learning process for the community at large. We will also discuss potential actions that could help promote Chinese investment in the U.S. as a positive source of foreign investment in California.
1:15 PM Keynotes
1. Mr. Craig Allen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia; U.S. Department of Commerce; International Trade Administration
2. Mr. Del Christensen, Chief of Global Business Development for the Bay Area Council
2:00PM Panel #1:
China’s Investments in California
Moderator: Dr. Xiaohua Yang
Mrs. Darlene Chiu Bryant, Exec Director, ChinaSF
Mr. Howard Chen, Partner, K&L Gates
Mr. Jeff Leader, California Legislature Advisory
Miss Alison Jenkins, Sr. Director, Huawei American
Mr. Philip Wong, VP, Bank of Communications
3:30PM Panel #2:
Doing Business in China
Moderator: Dr. Shenzhao Fu
Mr. Kelvin Chan, Managing Director, East West Bank
Dr. Jason, Chang, Microsoft Health Services, China
Dr. Roger Chen, Professor of Strategy, Univ of San Francisco
Ms. Kristen Durham, Global Gateway Director, Silicon Valley Bank
Mr. Walter Fang, Executive Director, Ventana Global Investments
Mr. Breaux Walker, Managing Director, Terranova Capital
5PM to 7PM Reception and Networking
Fromm Hall, University of San Francisco
660 Parker Avenue ,
Deloitte; San Francisco Regional EB5 Center; Asia Society; AAMA; ChinaSF; Bay Area Council; HYSTA, Teach in China; NeWave Global Ventures
For further information, please contact:
Professor Stanley Kwong,
School of Management, University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street.,
San Francisco, California 94117