CGCC Hosts 2017 Washington Insiders Legal and Policy Series #1: “Interpretation on the New Administration’s Global Trade Policy—Asian Perspective and China Focus” and Attends the 20th FMC Annual Statesmanship Awards Dinner

On March 29, China General Chamber of Commerce – U.S.A. (CGCC) and Covington & Burling LLP (Covington) jointly hosted “Interpretation on the New Administration’s Global Trade Policy—Asian Perspective and China Focus” at Covington in Washington D.C. As the first event of “CGCC Washington Insiders Legal and Policy Series” in 2017, the event was attended by about 20 distinguished representatives from the Chinese Embassy in the U.S. and CGCC board members, including Zhu Hong, Minister and Chief of the Office of Economic and Commercial Affairs of the Chinese Embassy in the U.S. Two keynote speakers, P. Larson, Senior International Policy Advisor of Covington, former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economics, and John K. Veroneau, Partner of Covington Washington office, former Ambassador and Deputy United States Trade Representative (USTR), together discussed and analyzed the Trump administration’s likely global trade policies, especially regarding China and Asia Pacific.

Later in the evening, the delegation of CGCC participated in the 20th Annual Statesmanship Awards Dinner hosted by the United States Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) and extensively communicated with prominent U.S. politicians and business executives to build up better cooperation. The theme for this year’s FMC Awards Dinner was “STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math): Empowering Tomorrow’s Technology Leaders”. In recognition of their outstanding work in the STEM and computer science field, FMC presented the Statesmanship Award to Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA). Microsoft took home the Corporate Award and Code.org was the recipient of the Civic Award.

Last year, CGCC hosted two Legal and Policy Series events: “China-U.S. Intellectual Property Cooperation Dialogue & Chinese Brands Going Global Forum” and “Working with CFIUS on U.S. Investment Transactions”, establishing a platform for CGCC members to exchange ideas on hotly debated topics in US-China economic and trade relations. This year, CGCC will continue working with first-tier think tanks, law firms and Fortune 500 companies to further integrate resources and provide CGCC members with in-depth and timely analysis on US-China trade- and investment-related issues.

CGCC presents special thanks to Covington & Burling LLP for their important contribution and support to this event.

Speaker Bios
Alan P. Larson
Alan P. Larson
Senior International Policy Advisor of Covington & Burling LLP

Economist and diplomat. Alan P. Larson previously served as Under Secretary of State for Economics and Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, as well as Ambassador to OECD. He is a Career Ambassador, the State Department’s highest honor.

John K. Veroneau
John K. Veroneau
Partner of Covington & Burling LLP Washington Office

John K. Veroneau previously served as Ambassador and Deputy United States Trade Representative (USTR) under President George W. Bush. He previously served as USTR’s General Counsel.

About CGCC

Founded in 2005, the China General Chamber of Commerce – U.S.A. (CGCC) is a nonprofit organization representing Chinese enterprises in the United States. Our mission is to promote Chinese investment in the U.S., to support the legal rights and interests of our members, and to enhance cooperation between Chinese and U.S. business communities. The CGCC’s extensive membership includes numerous companies from both China and the United States, including 40 Fortune 500 companies.

About CGCC Foundation

The CGCC Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization affiliated with the China General Chamber of Commerce – U.S.A. It dedicates to fulfilling social responsibilities, giving back to local communities and enhancing mutual understanding between the people of China and the United States.