Forecast 2022

Wednesday, January 26 & Thursday, January 27, 2022
8:30 am – 11:50 am EST (US) | 9:30 pm – 12:50 am (China)

Virtual Conference

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Mark your calendar for the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) premier conference on China's business and political environment in the year ahead. This annual event features top China policy experts, strategic analysis, and business professionals to discuss key intelligence, top challenges and opportunities coming up for China operations and bilateral relations.

Forecast is available to USCBC members and qualified member-prospects (American companies with business operations in China).

Day 1
January 26, 2022: 8:30am - 12:45pm EST

8:40 - 9:30am EST
Opening Remarks

Craig Allen

8:40 - 9:30am EST
Economic Forecast in the Third Year of COVID
Dr. Scott Rozelle of Stanford University will open the Forecast Meeting with a discussion on China’s prospects for escaping the middle-income trap. His remarks will draw on his recent book “Invisible China.”  

9:37-10:27am EST
China Strategy: Where House Republican and Democrats’ Priorities Converge 

The US Congress is sharpening its focus on the US-China economic, diplomatic, and defense relationship in the weeks and months leading up to the release of a bicameral China package. Speakers will discuss where perspectives between the two parties in the House converge on China and what China commercial issues are top of mind for US lawmakers.

10:35-11:25am EST
Trade and Investment Policy Briefing: Washington and Beijing

USCBC’s president Craig Allen and senior vice president of China Operations Matt Margulies will sit down to discuss the current state of trade and investment policies. Craig will share his views on the US Administration’s lack of concrete China policy priorities and Matt will share his observations on the Chinese government’s position/responses and both governments’ anticipated next steps.

11:30-12:10pm EST 
A US Administration Perspective on US-China Economic Relations

The Biden administration's US-China policy has emphasized the importance of human rights, climate cooperation, and strengthening relationships with allies and partners. The State Department's Melanie Hart will present the administration's approach to its China economic policy. Dr. Hart, in a dialogue with USCBC President Craig Allen, will also discuss key issue areas for the administration in the US-China relations and implications for US businesses.

12:10-12:40pm EST 
Keynote Remarks and Fireside Chat with US Representative Rick Larsen

USCBC is honored to have Rep. Larsen (WA-02) as the Day 1 Keynote Speaker. He has been a longtime leader on US-China issues in the US Congress, including by co-founding the bipartisan US-China Working Group in 2005. The working group seeks to build diplomatic relations with China and educate members of Congress through meetings with business, academic, and political leaders from the United States and China. In his individual capacity, Rep. Larsen recently released an updated white paper outlining a comprehensive China strategy to strengthen US competitiveness and global leadership. He will discuss his perspectives on the US-China relationship and his recommendations for a more proactive US agenda.


Day 2
January 27, 2022: 8:30am - 11:50am EST

8:30 - 8:35am EST
Opening Remarks

David Thomas

8:35 - 9:30am EST
Data Management: China’s New Regulations

In 2021 China enacted both its Personal Information Protection Law and Data Security Law, adding new dimensions to its cyber data regime. Speakers will discuss the implications of how these laws tie into the Cybersecurity Law, and where China's cyber-data regime is likely to go from here.

9:35-10:40am EST
Creating Clarity: Navigating Export Controls and Sanctions​

During the Biden administration’s first year in office, the business community witnessed a continued expansion of export controls and sanctions aimed at trade with China. Speakers will discuss navigating the current trade environment and mitigating challenges posed by similar, prospective economic policies.

10:45-11:45am EST 
Keynote Address: China’s Perspectives on US-China Trade and Commercial Relations in 2022
USCBC is honored to have Minister Zhu Hong deliver the day 2 keynote address. He will offer remarks on the China-US bilateral trade relationship, including the Phase One agreement and tariffs, as well as on China’s economy, opening up policy, and environment for foreign investment. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions for Minister Zhu in advance.


Key Benefits

  • Gain strategic intelligence and insights on economic and political developments affecting commercial relations with China, including forecasting of China policy priorities for the new presidential administration and incoming Congress.
  • Listen to presentations from expert first-hand observers of China’s economy and politics
  • Acquire best practices for managing your company’s strategic China plans with key stakeholders

Questions: contact Meg Kurdys ([email protected], 202-429-0340, ext. 208)

Thank you to our sponsors:


On January 26 and 27, the US-China Business Council hosted its annual Forecast conference. Panels and discussions included an economic forecast in the third year of COVID-19, a discussion with House Foreign Affairs Committee staff from both sides of the aisle, a briefing on trade and investment policy, an overview on data and cybersecurity regulation, and an expert exchange on how to navigate new export controls and sanctions.

Perspectives from both the US and Chinese governments were offered by:

  • Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA), who shared his thoughts on the America COMPETES Act and provided suggestions for the executive branch's Indo-Pacific economic framework.

  • Melanie Hart, China policy coordinator for the State Department’s undersecretary for economic growth, energy, and the environment, who provided the administration’s view on US-China economic relations.

  • Minister Zhu Hong, chief of the Economic and Commercial Affairs Office at the Chinese Embassy, who summarized China’s perspectives on US-China trade and commercial relations in 2022. A recording of Minister Zhu’s remarks are available to members here.

If you registered and were unable to join one or more of the discussions, please reach out to our team to request a verbal readout. Please note that only Minister Zhu’s remarks were recorded.

See the full Forecast 2022 agenda here.

Keep an eye out for details on our next conference, the 49th Annual Membership Meeting, which will be held on June 14, 2022, in Washington, DC.

Event Details

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 8:30am to Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 12:30pm


Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 12:00pm
BUNDLE: $210

Event Contact

USCBC Programs
202-429-0340 x 208