Conference: From Bicycles to Beepers—the Politics and Economics of Business in Asia

Directors: Jeffrey A. Reinke, Chief of Staff to the President, Jacqui Selbst Schein, and Nancy Yao
Staff: Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies
April 1, 1997 - April 1, 1997

One of the most salient characteristics of China today is the transitional nature of its economy. Its operations in many areas of business relations suffer from the incomplete nature of its legal system, the vagaries of domestic politics, and the complex interrelationship between Chinese business and political entities. "From Bicycles to Beepers" explored issues such as: What are the recent changes in legal reform, banking, and securities? How is Beijing molding Shanghai to be China's financial center in 2000? How do investments differ from province to province? U.S. Secretary for Agriculture Daniel R. Glickman delivered the keynote address, and seminar and workshop topics were led by U.S. and Chinese experts from the business, law and government sectors on topics including the future of U.S.-China trade relations, legal reform, joint ventures and strategic alliances, pharmaceuticals, textiles and manufacturing, telecommunications, and aviation.

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II. The Future of U.S.-Chine Trade Relations

Speakers Zhang YuejiaoMinistry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, China, Deborah M. LehrOffice of the U.S. Trade Representative, Robert A. KappU.S.-China Business Council
April 2, 1997

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III. A Four Year Commitment to China

Speakers Dan Glickman, Leslie H. GelbU.S. Department of Agriculture
April 2, 1997

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IV. Financial Markets and Emerging Trends

Speakers Gao XiqingUniversity of International Business and Economics, China, Nicholas R. LardyThe Brookings Institution, John D. LangloisJ.P. Morgan
April 2, 1997

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V. Reform Priorities in Post-Deng China

Speakers Wing T. Woo, Fan GangUniversity of California, Davis, Jeffrey D. SachsNational Economic Research Institute of China, China
April 2, 1997

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VI. Provincial Investment Opportunities

Speakers Virginia A. KamskyKamsky Associates, Shang DonghuiChongqing City Government, Sichuan Province, China, Shen BeizhangShanghai Holding Corporation
April 2, 1997

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VII. Tensions and Traditions in Contemporary China

Speakers Jianying Zha, Joan Leobold CohenAuthor, Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Patricia ChewAuthor, CNN International, Hong Kong
April 2, 1997

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VIII. Investment, Planning, and Priorities

Speakers Ma Jiantang, Liu HeState Economic and Trade Commission, China, Jerome A. CohenState Planning Commission, China
April 2, 1997

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I. Welcome

Speakers Lin Di, Theodore PanayotouChina International Cultural Exchange, Leslie H. GelbHarvard Institute for International Development
April 2, 1997

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