The Future of the U.S. & China: Collaboration & Competition


Asia Society Northern California's Annual One-Day Conference on Technology and Policy

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Asia Society Northern California will host its second annual one-day conference in Silicon Valley on the Future of the U.S. & China: Collaboration & Competition. The focus of the discussion will be on technology, the economy, trade, scientific exchange and how the U.S. and China will need to pursue a policy framework for a path forward.  The conference will bring together key policy and business leaders and experts to examine and debate the issues of decoupling and engagement, autonomous vehicles, healthcare and biotechnology, artificial intelligence and frontier technology, cybersecurity, intellectual property rights, as well as the global impacts of the political and economic landscape of the U.S.-China relationship.

For information on last year's inaugural Made in China 2025: The Policy Behind the Rhetoric conference, please click here.  PBS Frontline featured six of our speakers in their documentary - 'Trump's Trade War’.  


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM - Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM - Morning Sessions
12:30 - 1:00 PM - Luncheon & Networking Break
1:00 PM - Afternoon Sessions
5:00 PM - Close 


Decoupling v. Engagement - With increased political and trade tensions, is decoupling of the U.S.-China relationship a realistic possibility?  

Autonomous VehiclesChina passed the U.S. to become the world's largest auto market in 2009, and is now positioned to help revolutionize autonomous vehicles. The payoff could be in the trillions of dollars. 

Healthcare and Biotechnology - The U.S. is the leading biotech nation in the world, built on a century of innovation and healthy market conditions. China is increasingly an important player, scaling up effective and affordable solutions in biotech. What are key competitive and security trends to watch for in this space?

Artificial Intelligence - The term ‘Artificial intelligence’ is featured in headlines, newly drafted legislation and corporate board rooms in the East and the West. Why is there such a focus on this field? How has it evolved over time, and what would winning the “AI arms race” mean for China or for the U.S.?

Intellectual Property Rights: Market Access for TechnologyAs China transitions from importing ideas to innovating them, is the country's record on intellectual property rights getting better? 

Collaboration and Competition: Pursuing a Policy Framework Forward - Will strategic 'competition and collaboration' become the new world order for U.S.-China relations, and what is at stake for the global economy?


  • Fadi Chehadé - Information technology executive, founder of RosettaNet and former Chief Executive Officer of ICANN
  • Michael Chui – Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Mark Cohen – Director, Distinguished Senior Fellow and Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley – School of Law
  • Heather Evans – Director of Frontier Technology Research, Asia Society Northern California
  • Jonathan Fritz - Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asia, U.S. Department of State
  • ChiaChi Li – Managing Attorney of Technology Transactions at Tencent
  • Yabo Lin – Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Anja Manuel – Co-Founder & Partner, RiceHadleyGates LLC
  • Damon Matteo – CEO, Fulcrum Strategy
  • James McGregor – Chairman, APCO Worldwide
  • Andy Rothman – Investment Strategist, Matthews Asia
  • Ken Wilcox – Chair, Asia Society Northern California; Chair Emeritus Silicon Valley Bank

Program line-up subject to change


Sponsorship opportunities are available for this conference and will include brand recognition and acknowledgments in the lead up to and during the event.  For more information about customized sponsorship opportunities, please contact Director of Partnerships, Palarp Jumpasut at

Event Details

Wed 15 Jan 2020
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Silicon Valley

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