What's On

As the Biden administration will reach its 100-day milestone by the end of April, time has come to take stock of the new U.S. administration's foreign policy and approach towards China and Hong Kong. The past four years have been marked by the deteriorating relationship between China and the West, and particularly the U.S., and it is critical to better understand the current direction of travel and assess how it may continue to impact global business. This is especially important as companies all around the world try to navigate changing world markets, protectionist regulation, and disrupted supply chains.

While domestic priorities remain predominant, U.S. President Biden and key officials have begun to signal their position on a number of issues relating to U.S.-China relations. While official statements have so far indicated the U.S. will continue to take a strong stance on China, there are early signs, such as Secretary of State Antony Blinken's meeting with Chinese officials Yang Jiechi and Wang Yi, that Biden's multilateral approach will include, to a certain extent, measures to de-escalate tensions and build goodwill going forward.

Join us for a discussion with two of Brunswick Group's senior experts including former President of the World Bank Group Robert Zoellick to better understand areas of continuity as well as the complexities and risks stemming from the evolution of U.S.-China relations. Learn more about U.S.-China trade and commerce-related policies, and how they may impact the business community in Hong Kong and China.

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Robert B. Zoellick is a Principal of Brunswick Group’s Geopolitical advisory offer and a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In addition, he chairs Standard Chartered’s International Advisory Council, serves on the boards of Temasek, Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, and Twitter, Inc., and is on the Advisory Board of Swiss Re. He is a member of the boards of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Carnegie Endowment, and the Wildlife Conservation Society, chairs the Global Tiger Initiative, and is a member of the Global Leadership Council of Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian agency. Zoellick was the President of the World Bank Group from 2007-12, U.S. Trade Representative from 2001 to 2005, and Deputy Secretary of State from 2005 to 2006. From 1985 to 1993, Zoellick served as Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury and Under Secretary of State, as well as White House Deputy Chief of Staff.

Tim Payne is Senior Partner and Head of Asia at Brunswick. He has been with the firm for more than 25 years - based in London, then New York, before moving to Hong Kong in 2004 where he founded and leads the firm’s 150-strong business in Asia. Tim’s advisory work centres on reputation, risk and governance and has a critical issues focus, including crisis response and transaction communications. He has worked across the region on many of Asia’s most significant transactions, developments, corporate situations and challenges. Tim is a director of The Women's Foundation in Hong Kong and previous Chair of the 30% Club, committed to improving gender balance on public company boards of directors. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of Renmin University Business School in Beijing.

Language English
Date and Time 2021/04/20 09:00 to 10:00
Venue This event will take place online
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Mabel Chan
Tel: 28231278
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