Is China Reforming Its Economy?


In collaboration with Asia Society Policy Institute and Rhodium Group

Flickr/Dennis S. Hurd

At a time of heightened tension in U.S.-China relations, understanding if China is reforming its economy is critical for business leaders and investors. Important questions loom regarding whether the Chinese government is becoming more open to foreign trade and investment, pursuing structural reforms needed to sustain economic growth, and ensuring fair and market-based competition between domestic and foreign companies. Since 1978, China has made great strides in economic reform, generating both growth opportunities and also disruptions at home and abroad. However this process is far from complete, and the challenges remaining are complex.

Join Asia Society Texas Center for a conversation on China’s economy, the state of the government’s reform agenda, and the resulting impact on relations with the U.S. and other countries.

This event will be the first Texas presentation of the China Dashboard, an interactive web dashboard launched in 2017 by the Asia Society Policy Institute and Rhodium Group. The Dashboard tracks China’s progress toward its self-defined economic reform goals. The online project, updated quarterly, allows readers to explore indicators on financial system reform, trade, cross-border investment, state-owned enterprise reform, fiscal realignment, and other critical areas.

Please visit for the Dashboard’s latest analysis. The fall 2018 update will be released in October 2018 just prior to this event.


6:15 p.m. | Registration
6:30 p.m. | Program

About the Speaker

Daniel Rosen

Daniel Rosen is a founding partner of Rhodium Group and leads the firm’s work on China. He is also the Jack Wadsworth Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute. Daniel has 26 years of professional experience analyzing China’s economy, commercial sector and external interactions. He is widely recognized for his contributions on the U.S.-China economic relationship. He is affiliated with a number of American think tanks focused on international economics, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University. From 2000-2001, Daniel was Senior Adviser for International Economic Policy at the White House National Economic Council and National Security Council. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and board member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. A native of New York City, Daniel graduated with distinction from the Walsh School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University (MSFS) and with honors in Asian Studies and Economics from the University of Texas, Austin (BA).

About the Moderator

Alan Crain is a member of the board of directors of the Asia Society Texas Center. He is also chairman of the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and former chair of the board of the World Affairs Council of Houston.

He is chairman of the board of directors of EP Energy and serves on the boards of three private commercial companies. He teaches corporate governance at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University and chairs the governance committee of board of the Texas Tri-Cities chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

He began his career with a law firm in Washington, D.C. and has been General Counsel of three Fortune 500 multinationals. Most recently, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Legal and Governance Officer of Baker Hughes, a technology and services company operating in over 80 countries. At Baker Hughes, he had global responsibility for legal affairs, crisis management, insurance, security, compliance, risk management, and government relations.

He is an independent arbitrator with experience in more than 70 cases under the rules of numerous institutions. He has been on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration for 20 years and is currently Vice Chairman. He serves on the Advisory Council of the American Arbitration Association and is a frequent speaker on complex issues arising in arbitrations. In addition to his law degree, he holds BS and MS degrees in Engineering and a MBA.

Asia Society Texas Center Business & Policy Programs, Endowed by

Huffington Foundation

Bank of America, Muffet Blake, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and United Airlines are presenting sponsors of Business and Policy programs at Asia Society Texas Center. Lead support for Business & Policy programs comes from Nancy C. Allen, BP America, Nancy T. Chang, Anne and Albert Chao, Eagle Global Advisors, and Wells Fargo. Generous funding also provided by the Friends of Asia Society Texas Center, a premier group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing the best in public programming.

Business & Policy Presenting Sponsors

China Series Presenting Sponsor

East West Bank

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Event Details

Thu 25 Oct 2018
6:15 - 7:45 p.m.

1370 Southmore Boulevard

Houston, TX 77004


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