U.S.-China Trade: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

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Citigroup, Inc.

Event Details

Thursday, February 28, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
153 East 53rd Street, 14th Floor
New York, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Description

Please join the Foreign Policy Association for a panel discussion titled "U.S.-China Trade: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead." This program will focus on the state of trade between the two countries, including the geopolitical and economic implications of the trade war, the 90-day truce, and the negotiations currently taking place. The discussion will break down the often complex dynamics at play in China and the U.S. while offering an assessment of what the future may hold.


The panel will feature speakers including Tom Orlik, Bloomberg's Chief Economist, Joyce Change, Global Head of Research at JPMorgan Corporate Investment Bank, and Scott Kennedy, Director of CSIS' Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy. The panel will be moderated by Marc Merlino, Global Head of the Subsidiaries Group, Citigroup.


Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m.   


Event Speakers

    • Tom Orlik - Panelist
      Chief Economist, Bloomberg Economics

      Tom Orlik is the chief economist for Bloomberg Economics. He's the author of "Understanding China's Economic Indicators" - a guide to China's economic data. He is based in Washington DC., following more than a decade in Beijing. Previously, Mr Orlik was the chief China economics correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, and China economist for Stone & McCarthy Research Associates. Prior to coming to China, he was an advisor to the UK Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund and policy analyst at the British Treasury. 

      Mr Orlik has a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor’s in English from University College London. 


    • Tom Orlik
    • Scott Kennedy - Panelist
      Senior Adviser of the Freeman Chair in China Studies and Director of Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

      Scott Kennedy is the senior adviser of the Freeman Chair in China Studies and director of Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). A leading authority on China’s economic policy and its global economic relations, specific areas of focus include industrial policy, technology innovation, business lobbying, multinational business challenges in China, global governance, and philanthropy, Scott Kennedy has been traveling to China for almost 30 years and has interviewed thousands of officials, business executives, lawyers, nonprofit organizations, and scholars. He is the author of The Fat Tech Dragon: Benchmarking China’s Innovation Drive (CSIS, 2017); (with Chris Johnson) Perfecting China Inc.: China’s 13th Five-Year Plan (CSIS, 2016), and The Business of Lobbying in China (Harvard University Press, 2005). He has edited three books, including Global Governance and China: The Dragon's Learning Curve (Routledge, 2018), and Beyond the Middle Kingdom: Comparative Perspectives on China’s Capitalist Transformation (Stanford University Press, 2011). His articles have appeared in a wide array of policy, popular, and academic venues, including the New York TimesWall Street JournalForeign AffairsForeign PolicyChina QuarterlyChina Journal, and the Journal of Contemporary China.

      For over 14 years, Kennedy was a professor at Indiana University (IU). From 2007 to 2014, he was the director of the Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business, and he was the founding academic director of IU’s China Office. From 1993 to 1997, he worked at the Brookings Institution. Kennedy received his Ph.D. in political science from George Washington University and his M.A. in China studies from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

    • Scott Kennedy
    • Joyce Chang - Panelist
      Global Head of Research, J.P. Morgan

      Joyce Chang is Chair of Global Research. J.P. Morgan’s 920 research professionals are located in 26 countries and study all sectors in which the firm does business, including equities, fixed income, currency and commodities, emerging markets, derivatives and structured finance. The global research team has been named the top global research firm for 2017 and 2018 by Institutional Investor. From 1997 through 2012, Joyce held top rankings in Institutional Investor surveys for Emerging Markets research, earning 25 #1 individual rankings. In 2014, she was inducted into the Fixed Income Analyst Society Hall of Fame. Joyce was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch and Salomon Brothers prior to joining J.P. Morgan Chase in 1999. She serves on the Board of Directors of Trickle Up and Girls Inc. and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue. She is the Senior Sponsor for J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank Women on the Move Network, the network for employees of Asian heritage (AsPIRE) and Nonprofit Board Service. She has been named as one of Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance by American Banker since 2012. Joyce received her B.A. from Columbia and serves on its Board of Visitors. She earned a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton and serves on its External Advisory Council for the Center for Public Policy and Finance.

    • Joyce Chang
    • Marc Merlino - Moderator
      Global Head of the Subsidiaries Group, Citigroup

      Based in New York. GSG is a global relationship management team structured to serve the regional and local subsidiaries of Citi’s clients consistently around the world. GSG has dedicated teams of coverage bankers located in more than 90 countries acting as a human network serving the needs of Citi's core multinational customer base across the totality of Citi’s products and services. From December 2008 to September 2013, Mr. Merlino served as Deputy President and Corporate Banking Division Head of Citibank Japan Ltd. Mr. Merlino worked as a Parent Account Manager Banker in New York from 1996 to 2004, covering clients in the Retail and Branded Consumer industries. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Merlino ran the Consumer & Healthcare Corporate Banking business in North America. During his 31 years of Corporate Banking experience at Citi, Mr. Merlino has 25 years of direct relationship banking experience in five countries (Germany, Norway, US, Japan, and the UK), complemented by four years of senior-level support work as Chief of Staff for European Customer Group Executive in Frankfurt and as a member of the Global Risk Design credit process reengineering task force in New York. Mr. Merlino joined Citibank in 1988 in Frankfurt, Germany as a credit analyst, and worked as a Subsidiary Account Manager Banker at Citibank in Oslo, Norway from 1990 to 1994. He received a B.A. in Economics from Pomona College, California. Mr. Merlino is married with three children and is fluent in German and Norwegian.

    • Marc Merlino

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