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China – California Trade: Opportunities and Challenges

University of San Francisco, School of Management

Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)

China – California Trade: Opportunities and Challenges

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“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 ,

San Francisco,

CA 94117-1080



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

Mobile: 650-743-2779


LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/stanleykwong

Have questions about China – California Trade: Opportunities and Challenges? Contact University of San Francisco, School of Management

When & Where

Fromm Center, University of San Francisco
660 Parker Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)

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