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Panel 2: Rebuilding Trade Routes

Nov 9, 8:00-8:40pm EST

In January 2018, Trump began setting tariffs and other trade barriers on China. In response to US trade measures, the Chinese government accused the Trump administration of engaging in nationalist protectionism and took retaliatory action. 

Today, almost 5 years into the Trade War, the Biden administration is considering lowering tariffs on Chinese goods to tame soaring inflation in the US. 

What will this mean for US-China trade going forward? Will American or Chinese consumers be paying the price? Join these experts to find out. 

Our Panelists


Dr. Horace E. Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland, College Park

Margaret Pearson

Margaret M. Pearson is Dr. Horace E. and Wilma V. Harrison Distinguished Professor, and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher in the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park. Pearson’s research on China's domestic politics focuses on state control of the economy, central-local bureaucratic relations, and environmental policy.


Founder & Chairman, Arcadia Fund Mgmt; ex-CEO Greenwoods AM HK

Joseph Zeng, CFA

Mr. Zeng is the founder and chairman of Arcadia Fund Management, focusing on managing private investments of convertible bonds (CBs) and equities into public companies (PIPEs) listed in Hong Kong, Mainland China (Shanghai, Shenhzen), and Southeast Asian markets such as Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

Mr. Zeng has over 20 years of experience in investments, deal origination, and management. He was the CEO of Greenwoods Asset Mgmt Hong Kong Ltd in 2008-2022, focusing on investments in PIPEs, pre-IPOs and IPOs, as well as overall management of Greenwoods’ international business.


Director of China and the World Program, Columbia SIPA

Thomas Christensen

Thomas Christensen is the Interim Dean, James T. Shotwell Professor of International Relations and Director of the China and the World Program at Columbia University. From 2006-2008 he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs with responsibility for relations with China, Taiwan, and Mongolia. His research and teaching focus on China’s foreign relations, the international relations of East Asia, and international security.


Pillsbury Law

Matthew Rabinowitz

Matthew Rabinowitz advises companies on compliance with import/export regulations, anti-corruption laws and OFAC sanctions. He further assists companies in navigating the CFIUS review process.

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