Two-Way Street: 2018 Update US-China Direct Investment Trends

Thursday,Apr 19, 2018


Report Release & Roundtable


Two-Way Street: 2018 Update US-China Direct Investment Trends


In the midst of trade tension between Washington and Beijing, fears mount for draconian restrictions on Chinese investment in the United States. How will the unfolding trade skirmishes affect the prospects of US-China bilateral investment? What will be the next step of the CIFIUS reform? Will President Xi Jinping’s affirmation about furthering Reform and Opening-up drive up inbound foreign direct investment?


On April 19th, Center for China and Globalization (CCG) will host a public event featuring Two-Way Street: 2018 Update US-China Direct Investment Trends, a research project led by the Rhodium Group and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR). This will be the third time for Rodium Group and NCUSCR to partner with CCG on report release. Daniel Rosen and Thilo Hanemann, the two celebrated report authors will present the findings and analysis, followed by a roundtable discussion with a group of CCG experts, stakeholders and activists in the bilateral investment community.



When:   2:30pm – 4:30pm, Thursday April 19th, 2018

Where:  CCG Grand Conference Room

15th/F, West Wing, Hanwei Plaza, No. 7, Guanghua Road, Beijing

Language: English

RSVP to: Marissa Li at liyuyang@ccg.org.cn or 010.6561.1038 ext.8037




Time Schedule
2:00—2:30 Registration
2:30—2:40 Introduction by Wang Huiyao, President of CCG, Counsellor for China State Council
2:40—2:50 Opening remarks by Steve A. Orlins, President of National Committee on U.S.–China Relations(NCUSCR)
2:50—3:30 Presentation by Report Authors:

Daniel Rosen, Founding Partner, Rhodium Group

Thilo Hanemann, Director, Rhodium Group

3:30—4:30 Discussion


Roundtable Chair:

Wang Huiyao, President of CCG, Counsellor for China State Council

Steve A. Orlins, President of National Committee on U.S.–China Relations(NCUSCR)


Discussants Invited (Alphabetical order) :

Alan Beebe, President of AmCham China

Dan Gao, CCG Senior Vice Chair, President of Positec Group

Victor Gao, CCG Vice President

He Ning, CCG Senior Fellow, Former Director-General of MOFCOM Department of American and Oceanian Affairs, Former Minister for Trade and Economic Affairs at the Chinese Embassy to the United States

He Weiwen, Director of China Society for WTO Studies, Former Economic and Commercial Counselor at the Chinese Consulate General in New York and San Francisco, CCG Senior Fellow

Jacob Parker, Vice President of US-China Business Council

Jiang Shan, CCG Senior Fellow, Former Director-General of MOFCOM Department of American and Oceanian Affairs

Li Weifeng, CCG Executive Secretary-General

Miao Lu, CCG Vice President and Secretary-General

Tang Xiuguo, CCG Vice Chair, President of Sanyi Group

Yu Weiping, CCG Vice Chair, Vice President of CRRC

William Zarit, Chairman of AmCham China

Zhou Xiaoming, Former Deputy Permanent Representative at Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations Office in Geneva


About CCG

The Center for China and Globalization (CCG) is a Beijing-based premier Chinese independent think tank. Founded in 2008, today over 100 in-house researchers and staff serve this thinking hub with 5 regional chapters and 5 overseas representatives. CCG’s research agenda centers on globalization, global governance, international relations, and globalization of talent and Chinese enterprises. It has published numerous monograms, edited volumes, research reports and policy papers with broad public policy impact. The center is a magnate for a constellation of prominent figures from academia, business and policy-making communities at home and abroad. In the 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index by the University of Pennsylvania Think Tank and Civil Society Program (TTCSP), CCG ranked 91st of the top think tanks worldwide, representing the first Chinese independent think tank to break into top 100 in history. CCG has been consistently ranked by the annual Go To Think Tank Index along with several domestic research institutions as one of the highest ranking independent think tanks in China.



The National Committee on United States-China Relations is an American nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization that encourages understanding and cooperation between the United States and Greater China in the belief that constructive Sino-American relations serve the interests of both countries and the global community. Since 1966, the National Committee has conducted programs on politics and security, governance and civil society, economics and finance, education, and transnational issues such as energy and environment. It carries out its mission via conferences and forums, public education programs, professional exchanges, and collaborative projects. The National Committee’s membership of more than 800 Americans and 80 corporations and professional firms represent many viewpoints, but share the belief that productive U.S.-China relations require public education, face-to-face contact, and the forthright exchange of ideas.


About Rhodium Group

Rhodium Group (RHG) is an economic research firm that combines policy experience, quantitative economic tools and on-the-ground research to analyze disruptive global trends. It supports the investment management, strategic planning and policy needs of clients in the financial, corporate, non-profit, and government sectors. RHG has offices in New York, California, and Hong Kong, and associates in Washington, Singapore, and New Delhi. RHG’s cross-border investment practice analyzes the rise of China and other emerging markets as trans-national investors. RHG senior staff publish frequently on the growth and impact of Chinese outbound FDI in the United States, Europe, and other economies.


About the report authors

Daniel H. Rosen

Daniel H. Rosen is a founding partner of Rhodium Group and leads the firm’s work on China. Mr. Rosen has more than two decades of experience analyzing China’s economy, corporate sector and US-China economic and commercial relations. He is affiliated with a number of American think tanks focused on international economics, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University. From 2000–2001, Mr. Rosen was Senior Adviser for International Economic Policy at the White House National Economic Council and National Security Council. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and board member of the National Committee on US-China Relations. Cassie Gao Cassie Gao is a senior researcher at Rhodium Group. Her research focuses on China’s international trade and investment flows. She works extensively on Chinese outbound FDI and Chinese investment in the United States, the European Union, and other advanced economies.


Thilo Hanemann

Thilo Hanemann is director of Rhodium Group’s cross-border investment practice. His research assesses new trends in global trade and capital flows, related policy developments, and the political and commercial dynamics of specific transactions. Mr. Hanemann’s most recent work focuses on the evolution of China’s international investment position, and the economic and policy implications of this new trend. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on China’s outward investment and has published numerous reports and articles on the topic. He is also a Senior Policy Fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies, Europe’s biggest China think tank, located in Berlin.

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