US-China Trade Relations Under the Trump Administration

Tuesday, October 10

3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. LAW 3750


Last year's presidential election heralded a tectonic shift not just in U.S. domestic policies, but also in the country's approach to international relations -- especially when it comes to trade. An interdisciplinary group of leading scholars from China and the United States will come together on this panel for a discussion on what all of this means for trade relations between both countries. The panel will shed light on how trade policy has shifted within broader trends of globalization since the 2008 economic tsunami, including policy-level efforts that each country made alongside the impact on the US-China trade dynamic.

The group will conclude the panel with notes on what mutually beneficial US-China trade cooperation can look like in this new era. 

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Victor Shih is Associate Professor of Political Science at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and has published widely on the politics of Chinese banking policies, fiscal policies and exchange rates. He was the first analyst to identify the risk of massive local government debt, and is the author of "Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation." Prior to joining UC San Diego, Shih was a professor of political science at Northwestern University and former principal for The Carlyle Group. Shih is currently engaged in a study of how the coalition-formation strategies of founding leaders had a profound impact on the evolution of the Chinese Communist Party. He is also constructing a large database on biographical information of elites in China.

Gregory Shaffer is Chancellor's Professor of Law at University of California, Irvine (UCI). He is a leading authority on international trade law and law and globalization. His publications include six books and over 100 articles and book chapters on international trade law, global governance, and globalization’s impact on domestic regulation. His work is cross-disciplinary, addressing such topics as public-private networks in international trade litigation; comparative institutional approaches to trade-social policy conflicts; and national regulation in global context. He previously was Melvin C. Steen Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School, Wing-Tat Lee Chair at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he also directed two university research centers on world affairs and the global economy and the European Union. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College and his J.D., with distinction, from Stanford Law School. He practiced law in Paris for seven years for Coudert Frères and Bredin Prat, where he was a member of the Paris bar.

John Graham is Professor Emeritus and Director of the Center for Global Leadership at the Merage School of Business at UCI. He is an expert in global marketing, international business negotiations, and business in Greater China and Japan.  He has co-authored several books, including  International Marketing (with Philip R. Cateora and Mary C. Gilly), McGraw-Hill, 14th edition, 2009; Global Negotiation: The New Rules (with William Hernandez Requejo), Palgrave Macmillan, 2008; Doing Business with the New Japan (with James Day Hodgson and Yoshihiro Sano), Rowman & Littlefield, 2008; China Now: Doing Business in the World’s Most Dynamic Marketplace (with N. Mark Lam), McGraw-Hill, 2007He has also published extensively in academic and management journals, including Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, and Journal of Higher Education. Graham has been interviewed by numerous local, national, and international broadcast media outlets, and written several articles for Los Angeles Times and New York Times. He has also been a consultant for executive groups for major corporations, associations and institutions. They include Toyota Motor Sales, AT&T, the United States Trade Representative, the United States Institute of Peace, and The National Institute of Health.

Priya Ranjan specializes in international economics as well as economic growth and development as Professor of Economics at UCI. He is co-editor of Indian Growth and Development Review and associate editor of Journal of Development Economics. He also advises three journals, Arthaniti, Journal of International Commerce, Economics, and Policy, as well as Economies, as a member of their respective editorial boards. His research and analysis has appeared in a gamut of highly regarded journals and monographs.

Antonio Lopez-Rodriguez has taught on the nuances of trade cost and trade flows for a decade at UCI. He is currently Associate Professor of Economics. He was the Executive Director of California-Irvine Federal Statistical Research Data Center. His work has been published in a number of journals, including Economic Inquiry, European Economic Review, and Journal of Monetary Economics

Xiaojing Zhang is a Professor of Economics and the Deputy Director-General of National Institution for Finance & Development, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). An author of several books and papers, Prof. Zhang is also the recipient of prestigious awards such as the ZHANG Peigang Development Economics Award for 2016, SUN Yefang Financial Innovation Prize for 2015, and SUN Yefang Economics Prize for 2005 and 2007. He actively participated in the research and consultant work on 11th, 12th, and 13th national Five-Year Plan. He is in charge of the Center for National Balance Sheet which is the only institution that releases China’s assets and liabilities data publicly and regularly. He was a Visiting Scholar at the International Monetary Fund in 2009; a Visiting Professor at Harvard and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in 2006-2007; and a Visiting Fellow at Stockholm School of Economics, from 1999-2000. His research interests are open economy macroeconomics, economic growth and development economics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the Graduate School of CASS (Beijing) in 1998.

He Liping is currently Professor and Head of the Research Center of International Finance, School of Economics and Business, Beijing Normal University. He is also a member of the Academic Committee of the Research Institute of World Economics and Politics of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a member of the Academic Committee of the Institute of American Studies of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a member of the Academic Committee of the China Society of International Finance, a member of China Economy 50-Person Forum, among others. He received a master's degree in World Economics from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 1987, and a Ph.D in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London, in 1996. He was a visiting scholar and postgraduate student at the Cambridge University. Before joining the present Beijing Normal University in 2001 he had taught at the China Institute of Finance and Banking. From 2001-2010 he was Chair of Department of Finance at Beijing Normal University. In 2002-3, he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar to the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University in New York. 

Yin Jianfeng is professor with University of International Business and Economics, former Deputy Director General of Institute of Finance and Banking with Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, now is Deputy Director General of National Institution of Finance & Development and Chief Economist of CZBANK. He is also member of China Financial Forum (think tank of PBoC) and Chief Financial Expert of Insurance Association of China. Professor Yin received Sun Yefang Economics Prize in 2007, the most prestigious award in the field in China, and Husheng Young Scholar Prize in 2009, the highest prize for eminent scholars (less than 40-years-old) of social sciences in China. In 2011, he received national allowance for expert from the State Council of China. In 2013, he was elected as national level expert of “hundrend-thousand-10 thousand talent project” and received honor of “young and middle-aged expert with outstanding contribution” from Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. His major research interest includes macroeconomics, monetary and financial policies, and financial development.

Zhou Mi is one of the main members in a team compiling data and research on outward investment and cooperation, covering a total of 170 countries and regions. He provides research support to the negotiation of FTA between China and Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland and China’s Admission to the Government Procurement Agreement. He has helped the enterprises resolve issues in research. During his 10-plus years at CAITEC, his research has covered international contracting, international labor cooperation, multilateral and bilateral agreements. 

Kuang Keke is an expert in financial law. She is currently a research fellow at the National Institution for Finance & Development(NIFD) at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She holds a double bachelor's degree in law and business at University of Melbourne and a master's of law at Cornell University. She received a Ph.D at the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She has a range of experience at the Shanghai headquarters of CITE Bank as well as the China Merchants Group.