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Chinese Direct Investment in California


Asia Society will release a new report that assesses the patterns and impacts of Chinese direct investment in California and provides policy and business leaders in the state with recommendations on how to attract further investment and maximize its benefits. This new report builds on a 2011 Asia Society study, An American Open Door? Maximizing the Benefits of Chinese Direct Investment, which looked at investment flows from China into the U.S. more broadly. 

This half-day conference reports on the finding of the Asia Society study and brings together leading experts in China policy and FDI to help move California forward in this important economic development area. The report will be released in San Francisco on October 10.

Presenting Sponsor: Silicon Valley Bank 

Lead Sponsor: Wells Fargo 

Partner: Huawei and Jack Wadsworth.

Supporters: Citibank,


Southern California Event Schedule

12:30-1:00   Registration

1:00-1:05     Welcoming Remarks

1:05-1:30    Report Findings: Overview of Chinese Direct Investment in California
                    Daniel H. Rosen, Founder and China practice Leader, Rhodium Group

1:30-1:45    Opening Keynote Address
                    Mickey Kantor, Partner, Mayer Brown and Former Secretary of Commerce
                    and USSTR

1:45-3:15    Panel One, Macro Overview: Political and Economic Implications
                    The first panel will focus on the macro trends, including:
                    Just how open is America's open door?
                    What are the prospects for further opening given growing protectionist
                    pressures in  the US,the upcoming presidential election, and leadership
                    transition in the PRC? What is the State of California doing to lead the way?      

                   Clayton Dube, Executive Director, USC US-China Institute (Moderator)                                                   
                   Jeff Brown, Senior Vice President, The Capital Group Companies                  
                   Mary Dent, General Counsel, Silicon Valley Bank
                   Mickey Kantor, Partner, Mayer Brown and Former Secretary of Commerce
                   and USSTR                   
                   Charles Wolf
, Distinguished Corporate Chair in International Economics,
                   RAND Corporation; Professor of Policy Analysis,
                   Pardee RAND Graduate School

3:15-3:45    Break

4:45-5:15    Panel Two, Micro Overview: China's Investment in California
                   The second panel will focus on the micro trends, including:What is
                   driving the California investment boom? Which Chinese
                   investors — institutional, corporate and individual are leading
                   the trend and what deals are in the pipeline?
                   What do successes, and failures, to date teach us?                   

                    Richard Drobnick, Director, Center for International Business
                    Education and Research, USC Marshall School of Business(Moderator)

                    Bill Allen, President & Chief Executive Officer,
                    Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation
                    Jack Chen, Chairman & CEO, Transworld Capital Group
                    Dr. Zhihang Chi, Vice President & General Manager North America
                    Air China
                   Stella Li, Senior Vice President, BYD

5:15-6:00    Closing Reception

Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Emerald Room
506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Parking: Have your parking ticket stamped at the registration table to enjoy the discounted parking rates below.

$10.00 Self Parking at Pershing Square
$22.00 Valet Parking

Registration Deadline: October 8, 2012

Cancellation Policy: Event cancellation must be recieved by Friday September 28, 2012 to receive a full refund.

For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact [email protected].

Related link:
An American Open Door? Maximizing the Benefits of Chinese Direct Investment


Event Details

Thu 11 Oct 2012
1:00pm - 7:00pm

Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

$75 general, $50 Asia Society members,$25 Student/Academic, Special Rate* $100 Become an Asia Society member and receive free admission to 'Chinese Direct Investment in California' and discounted rates to future events.