51st Annual Membership Meeting

Please join us on June 12 to attend our dynamic half-day Annual Membership Meeting, designed to empower you with the knowledge and tools you need to successfully manage your operations within the ever-evolving US and Chinese commercial landscape.



Program Overview

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Panel: “China Operations Strategy: Navigating Opportunities and Challenges in the China Market”

This panel of experts from USCBC member companies will examine the current operating environment for US companies in China. They will discuss a broad range of operational issues, including how companies’ strategies are being impacted by market conditions and local competition, regulatory complexities, geopolitical tensions, and IP concerns.


  • Jason McNeil, Vice President, Global Sourcing, Quality Assurance, Customer Satisfaction, AutoZone

  • Scott J. Wright, Division President, Advanced Materials, Huntsman Corporation

  • Jeff Zhu*, Executive Vice President and President, Performance Chemicals Segment and Asia Pacific Region, Cabot Corporation (*appearing virtually)

Moderator: Kyle Sullivan, Vice President, Business Advisory Services, US-China Business Council

Fireside Chat: “White House Views on the US-China Bilateral Relationship”

Our speaker will offer a stock take on where we are in current bilateral relationship in the context of and from the perspective of the White House. Topics of discussion will include bilateral cooperation on climate change, public health, and A.I.; recent diplomatic visits; White House initiatives on technology competition and controls; overcapacity in the Chinese economy and Chinese domestic policy issues; and other major issues affecting the delicate balance in the current US-China diplomatic and commercial relationship.


  • Sarah Beran, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for China and Taiwan Affairs, National Security Council (NSC)

Moderator: Craig Allen, President, US-China Business Council


Panel: “Second Term Scenarios: Predicting Trump’s Approach to China”

This panel will explore what China policy under a second Trump administration might look like. Drawing from the context of the first term, where President Trump initiated a trade war with China, reshaping global norms and setting the stage for a cascade of tough-on-China policies, the panel will discuss proposed tariffs, technology restrictions, and the administration’s stance on human rights issues and other potential policy areas of focus.


Moderator: David Thomas, Senior Vice President, US-China Business Council


Fireside Chat: “Biden and Beijing: Dynamics of a Developing US-China Policy”

Our speaker will address the Biden administration's evolving China policy and look at the landscape shaped by Executive Orders and the strategic implementation of export controls, exploring the technical aspects of administration policies and their implications.


  • Mike Pyle, former US Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics

Moderator: Craig Allen, President, US-China Business Council


A Luncheon Conversation: “Follow-On from the Biden-Xi Summit – A Fresh Chapter?”

From the State Department’s perspective, our speaker will reflect on the outcomes of the historic Biden-Xi Woodside Summit held in November 2023 and explore key developments of the US-China bilateral relationship since that pivotal meeting. Topics of discussion will include the current geopolitical context and regional dynamics; ongoing bilateral negotiations; military-to-military communication, strategic stability and the regional context; observations on China’s foreign policy approach; and the overall implications for US business


Mark Lambert, China Coordinator and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, US Department of State

Moderator:  Craig Allen, President, US-China Business Council


Thank you to the generous support of our sponsors:

Ruby Level Sponsors


Partnership opportunities are available. Please contact Nathaniel Davis ([email protected]) for more details.



Registration cancellations are accepted and registration fees will be refunded, if cancellation notice is received in writing to [email protected] no later than Tuesday, June 4, 2024.

2024 Annual Meeting

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) hosted its 51st Annual Membership Meeting on June 12 in Washington, DC. The event convened more than 100 USCBC member company representatives and guests to hear insights from corporate leaders, policy experts, and government officials on the trajectory of US-China relations and its implications for bilateral trade and investment. 

The meeting began with opening remarks by USCBC President Craig Allen, followed by a panel discussion between USCBC member company experts on navigating opportunities and challenges in the China market. The panel featured Jason McNeil, vice president of global sourcing, quality assurance, and customer satisfaction at AutoZone; Scott Wright, division president of advanced materials at Huntsman Corporation; and Jeff Zhu, executive vice president and president of carbon and silica technologies, battery materials, and Asia-Pacific region at Cabot Corporation. 

Next was a fireside chat with Sarah Beran, special assistant to the president and senior director for China and Taiwan Affairs at the National Security Council. Beran shared the White House’s views on the US-China bilateral relationship, focusing on topics like climate change cooperation, artificial intelligence, and Chinese economic issues. 

A panel discussion followed, with panelists outlining what a second Trump administration’s approach to China might look like, from proposed tariffs to technology restrictions. The panel included Derrick Morgan, executive vice president of the Heritage Foundation; Kelly Ann Shaw, partner at Hogan Lovells; and Matthew Turpin, visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. 

The meeting then shifted to a fireside chat with Mike Pyle, former US deputy national security advisor for international economics under the Biden administration. Pyle discussed the technical aspects of the administration’s US-China policy, including export controls and executive orders, and their implications. 

The meeting concluded with a conversation with Mark Lambert, China coordinator and deputy assistant secretary in the US State Department’s Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs. Lambert shared his thoughts on the development of the US-China bilateral relationship since the Biden-Xi Woodside summit in November 2023. 

Event Details

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 8:30am to 2:45pm
Steptoe LLP
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
United States


Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 5:00pm
Member - $450
Prospective Member - $600
Virtual (Member) - $250
Virtual (Prospective Member) - $300

Event Contact

Nathaniel Davis