EVENT: Bay Area U.S.-China Speaker Series: “China’s Investments in the U.S.—Toxic or Tonic?” With Pin Ni and Dr. Yukon Huang | January 29, 2018

On January 29, 2018, the Committee of 100 (C100) partnered with The Commonwealth Club of California to present “China’s Investments in the U.S.—Toxic or Tonic?”. This was the sixth in a series of U.S.­-China Policy Speakers Forums and drew an audience of more than 300. 

The distinguished panel of speakers was moderated by C100 member George Koo, and featured a discussion between Pin Ni, President of Wanxiang America Corporation (a Wholly Owned U.S. Subsidiary of Wanxiang Group Company in Hangzhou, China) and Dr. Yukon Huang, Senior Fellow with the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Former Country Director for China at the World Bank. C100 member and former Commonwealth Club Chair Dennis Wu provided opening remarks.

Panelists used Wanxiang America Corporation, which has been acquiring U.S. companies since 1994, as a case study and discussed the merits and logic of Chinese investments in the U.S, including structural synergies, customer relationships and return on investment. They also addressed the comparative advantages of China versus the United States, such as access to labor resources, capital and growth.

Left to right: George Koo, Pin Ni, and Dr. Yukon Huang

Special thanks to C­100 members Ken Fong for his generous support and initiation of this speaker series, Dennis Wu for his ongoing support of the series, and George Koo for moderating. Other C100 members attending included Chairman Frank H. Wu, Gordon Chang, Milton Chang, Dan Chao, Lanhee Chen, Pehong Chen, Buck Gee, Larry Low, and Ambassador Linda Tsao Yang

You may view the full video of the discussion here captured by the Commonwealth Club.

This event is part of C100’s ongoing U.S.-China Policy Speaker Series. In collaboration with the Commonwealth Club of California, the series serves as a platform to promote constructive dialogue on U.S.-China relations in the Bay Area. Held quarterly, these events invite policy experts with contrasting views on China to have a conversation and share their ideas. The goal is to provide nuanced perspectives beyond the headlines on issues that impact U.S.-China bilateral relations with an emphasis on constructive collaboration as opposed to conflict.

Yukon Huang, George Koo, Pin Ni, Dennis Wu_1.29.18 Commonwealth Club Speaker Series

Left to right: Dr. Yukon Huang, George Koo, Pin Ni, and Dennis Wu

Dennis Wu gives opening remarks at Commonwealth Club 01.29.2018

C100 member and former Chair of the Commonwealth Club Dennis Wu delivers opening remarks

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Moderator George Koo (left) with panelists Pin Ni and Dr. Yukon Huang

 

 

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