On 28-29 June 2019, leaders of 19 countries joined with invited guests and representatives of international organization guests in Osaka, Japan for the 14th meeting of the G20 and the first hosted by Japan. Those gathered addressed a variety of economic themes through the lens of global sustainable development including trade and investment, innovation, environment and energy, as well as women empowerment.
While the gathering of world leaders draws media attention, news was made by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, who met on the sidelines on the summit to discuss China-U.S. trade relations. Emerging from their conversation optimistically, President Trump declared that trade relations were “right back on track” and shared his inclination toward a resolution of the trade war, a sentiment echoed by President Xi who called for “cooperation and dialogue.”
Following these pivotal conversations, for the first time we partnered with the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) to co-host the “US-China Trade” Economic Relations: What Now, What Next?” forum in Hong Kong on July 9-10 2019. This gathering of over 40 past and current major stakeholders and influencers from the United States, China, and other Asia Pacific countries provided a space for key individuals to candidly address the challenges facing the China-U.S. relations, as well as to explore new creative ways to find consensus on common issues. Though the climate in China-U.S. relations has cooled dramatically since these statement by the countries’ leaders, events like our Forum yield insight and foster collaborative bonds between businessman and academics, establishing bridges for future communication beyond the boundaries of official summits like the G20.
To learn more about the Forum and hear from the speakers, please visit the Forum’s official website.