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Hong Kong, China, and the United States: Risks and Opportunities

Featuring Kurt Tong, U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau
A pedestrian walks past a billboard showing Chinese yuan, Hong Kong dollar, and US dollar currency signs displayed in front of a building in Hong Kong on March 21, 2009. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)


Join the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) for a special breakfast event with Kurt Tong, Consul General representing the United States to Hong Kong and Macau. Consul General Tong will join ASPI Vice President and moderator Wendy Cutler for a discussion on how the United States and China can each leverage Hong Kong to positively impact U.S.-China relations as well as Asia-Pacific regional dynamics. Mr. Tong will also share observations about Hong Kong’s domestic political environment as well as near-term and medium-term prospects for U.S. public and private sector interests in Hong Kong. 


Kurt Tong assumed his duties as Consul General representing the United States to Hong Kong and Macau on August 27, 2016. Previously, Consul General Tong was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the Department of State, the most senior career diplomat handling economic affairs for the State Department. Prior to that, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to APEC from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Tong has been a diplomat for the State Department since 1990. He speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. He holds a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and studied economics at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute.

Wendy Cutler is the Vice President and Managing Director of the Washington, DC office of ASPI. Previously, she had a career of nearly three decades as a diplomat and negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Most recently, she served as Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, where she was responsible for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, including the bilateral negotiations with Japan. Ms. Cutler’s other responsibilities with USTR included U.S.-China trade relations and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. Ms. Cutler received her M.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her B.A. from the George Washington University.


Event Details

Thu 15 Jun 2017
8:00am - 10:00am

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Members $10; Students/Seniors $15; Nonmembers $25
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