The change of American trade policies and the responses from China have become a subject of concern among Hong Kong society as well as the global financial community. The main focuses of the matter lie on the actions taken in different places and the impact of such changes on both Mainland China and Hong Kong. Against this background, Lingnan University’s Master of Science in International and Development Economics, Department of Economics, Pan Sutong Shanghai-Hong Kong Economic Policy Research Institute and China Economic Research Programme organised the “International Forum on the Change of American Trade Policies and the Possible Responses from China” on 18 December at conference hall on the 30th floor of the CCB Tower in Central, Hong Kong, together with joint organisers of CCB International, and Sun Yat-sen University’s Institute of Guangdong Hong Kong and Macao Development Studies.
The Hong Kong-Shanghai Economic Development Association, Belt & Road General Chamber of Commerce, Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong, and China Mergers and Acquisitions Association (Hong Kong) also supported as co-organisers. Prof Leonard K CHENG, President of Lingnan University co-hosted the forum with Prof WEI Xiangdong, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Director of China Economic Research Programme. The four keynote speakers were:
- 1. Prof Jesús SEADE ─ Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs for North America of the Mexican Government; Mexican Government’s Chief Representative of Trade Negotiation for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement; former Deputy Director-General of the WTO; Emeritus Professor in the Department of Economics and former Vice-President of Lingnan University.
- 2. Prof WEI Shangjin – former Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank; N.T. Wang Professor of Chinese Business and Economy, Columbia University, US.
- 3. Dr David WONG Yau-Kar – Hong Kong Deputy to the National People’s Congress; Chairman of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority.
- 4. Mr YUE Yi – former Vice President of Bank of China; former Vice-chairman and Chief Executive of Bank of China (Hong Kong); Director of Belt and Road Hong Kong Centre and Bay Area Hong Kong Centre.