Chinese Direct Investment in California


Conference and Launch of an Asia Society / Rhodium Group Report

With its large and growing population, proximity to Asia, and strengths in the high-tech, renewable energy, telecommunications, and service sectors, California has attracted more Chinese investments than any other state over the past decade. In terms of total investment value, California is only fifth, but the state's large, diverse, and dynamic economy means it is well placed to move to the head of the line. The potential benefits are huge: new capital, jobs, and tax revenues, as well as better positioning in the global production chain.

The Asia Society and Rhodium Group are releasing a new report that will document the scope of Chinese investment in California to date and identify key strategies to create an even stronger investment climate. The report's findings will be presented at the launch event and speakers will assess California's strengths and challenges as it strives to build on its existing partnerships with Chinese investors.

Asia Society would like to thank our corporate sponsors and Jack Wadsworth for their support of the conference:



Promotional Co-sponsors:

Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA); Bay Area Council; Btrax; Cal Chamber; ChinaSF; Chinese Enterprise Association; Financial Women's Association; HAAS School of Business; HYSTA; Berkeley Law International and Executive Legal Education (IELE); JPRI at USF Center for the Pacific Rim; Silocon Dragon; USF School of Management

For more information on the upcoming report, please visit

The report will be also launched at a public conference in Los Angeles on October 11.

San Francisco Event Agenda

1:00–1:10 pm
Welcome Remarks
John S. Wadsworth, Advisory Director, Morgan Stanley
Bruce Pickering, VP, Global Programs, and Executive Director, ASNC
1:10–1:30 pm
Overview of Chinese Direct Investment in California Report
Daniel H. Rosen, Founder and China Practice Leader, Rhodium Group (report co-author)
1:30–2:00 pm
Keynote Address: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) (invited)
2:00–3:30 pm
Panel 1: Political Economic Context
John Bellinger, Partner, Arnold & Porter; former Legal Advisor, U.S. Department of State
Alison Jenkin, Sr. Director Government and Public Relations, Huawei
N. Bruce Pickering (moderator), VP, Global Programs, and Executive Director, ASNC
Daniel H. Rosen, Founder and China Practice Leader, Rhodium Group
Ken Wilcox, Chairman, Silicon Valley Bank
3:30–4:00 pm    
4:00–4:30 pm
Keynote Address: The Honorable Edwin M. Lee, Mayor of San Francisco
4:30–6:00 pm   
Panel 2: China’s Investment in California
Gerard Barredo,  San Francisco Market President, Citibank
Darlene Chiu-Bryant, Executive Director, ChinaSF
Jack Chen, Founder and CEO, Transworld Capital Group
Joe Han, Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, China Telecom Global United
Hanson Li (Moderator), Executive Director, The Hina Group
Gary Schlossberg, Senior Economist, Wells Fargo Capital Management
6:00-7:00 pm

Event Details

Wed 10 Oct 2012
12:30 - 7 p.m.
ASNC, 500 Washington Street, Bechtel Conference Room, San Francisco
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$50 Asia Society / Co-Sponsor members; $75 non-members; SPECIAL OFFER: $100 admission with 1-year membership.
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