The U.S., China, and the Future of APEC

Asia Society New York

Date: Jan 11th

Breakfast Available from 8:00AM
For the first time in its 30-year history, the annual gathering of APEC’s Leaders concluded without a joint communiqué. This outcome was a manifestation of growing trade tensions between the United States and China, the Asia-Pacific’s two most powerful economies, and these tensions have only worsened since the summit itself. These frictions were sharply underscored by competing messages from Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in their back-to-back addresses at the APEC CEO Summit in Port Moresby.

With prospects for a resolution to the ongoing U.S.-China trade dispute still murky at best, what are the implications for APEC? Can the group continue to advance initiatives to improve the environment for cross-border trade stronger economic integration that is at the heart of APEC? How will APEC’s upcoming host economies (Chile-2019, Malaysia-2020, New Zealand-2021) — all avid champions of free trade and the global trading system — navigate the U.S. and China’s divergent approaches to trade and economic policy and maintain the relevance of the organization?

Join Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President Wendy Cutler for a discussion with business leaders and current and former government officials from the United States and the APEC region to consider these questions and other pressing issues. This event is in partnership with the National Center for APEC.

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