Despite beginning the year on a high note, US and China had a frosty 2020. Technology decoupling, trade tensions, human rights and diplomatic issues, and sharpened rhetoric around COVID all contributed to a downturn in relations. Many now wonder what tack the Biden administration will take. Will Beijing and Washington forge avenues of cooperation? Which Trump policies will be maintained? It seems clear that neither a continuation of 2020 nor a return to pre-Trumpian China policy is tenable, so what will the new relationship look like?

AmCham Shanghai and the US-China Business Council are pleased to present a joint breakfast session at The Sukhothai on the Biden administration's China policy. AmCham Shanghai President Ker Gibbs and USCBC Vice President Matt Margulies will both present opening remarks, and then sit on a panel with Mattie Bekink, China Director, Economist Corporate Network, and Haiqing Lu, Chief Corporate Affairs & Strategic Relations Officer, IHG Greater China.

This session will cover:

  • Washington's view of China policy, including avenues for cooperation and competition
  • How American companies on the ground view the relationship
  • Economic and business relations between the two countries

A full breakfast buffet will be served. This session is off the record.


8:30 AM - 9 AM
Registration and Breakfast
9 AM - 9:15 AM
Opening Remarks
9:15 AM - 9:30 AM
The View from Washington
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Panel Discussion: The Biden Administration's China Policy


  • Ker Gibbs (President at AmCham Shanghai)

    Ker Gibbs

    President at AmCham Shanghai

    Ker Gibbs first came to China in 1985 and has worked in various roles giving him broad exposure to US-China relations and business issues facing American companies operating in Asia.

    In the 1990s Mr. Gibbs worked for the Boston Consulting Group in Shanghai. Since then he has split his time between Asia and Silicon Valley, serving in executive positions with Apple, Disney, and high-growth Internet businesses. He moved to Shanghai in 2002 as head of Asia Pacific for a Nasdaq-listed network security company that was acquired by McAfee. His career in high tech led him to banking; he became head of technology and media in Greater China for HSBC. As an investment banker, he worked with Alibaba, Baidu, and other firms advising on mergers and cross-border transactions.

    From banking, Mr. Gibbs moved to direct investments. He was a founding investor in the Crystal Orange hotel group, helping grow the company to 130 properties and 1,500 employees in China. He also led successful investments in real estate, e-commerce, and medical technology companies.

    Before his appointment as president, Mr. Gibbs was elected three times to the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and served as chairman for 2016 and 2017. He also sits on the board of the United Way in China and volunteers with Renewal, a local homeless shelter. He is an op-ed contributor to the Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, and other publications.

    Ker Gibbs holds a BA in economics from UCLA and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

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  • Matt Margulies (Vice President, China Operations at The US-China Business Council)

    Matt Margulies

    Vice President, China Operations at The US-China Business Council

    Matthew Margulies is vice president of China operations for the US-China Business Council (USCBC). In this role in Beijing he oversees USCBC’s government affairs and advocacy strategy in China, and provides policy analysis oversight. Most recently, Margulies worked as director of the US Chamber of Commerce’s China Center, where he was responsible for promoting and executing US Chamber advocacy and programs relating to US trade and investment policy with China. Prior to that, Margulies served as China Practice Lead and Senior China Analyst for Crumpton Group LLC, a boutique strategic analysis and political risk consulting firm, as well as in roles with USCBC based in Washington, DC, and with the Chinese state-owned enterprise China Unicom Group.

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  • Mattie Bekink (China Director, Economist Corporate Network of The Economist Intelligence Unit)

    Mattie Bekink

    China Director, Economist Corporate Network of The Economist Intelligence Unit

    Mattie Bekink is responsible for the Economist Corporate Network’s China strategy, including programme development and client servicing across China. She also provides support to all Economist Corporate Network programmes worldwide with a China component.

    Ms Bekink has extensive experience in the public, private and policy sectors. Prior to joining The Economist Group, she was the Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in the Netherlands. She also ran an eponymous consulting business, advising senior executives from businesses, universities and non-profit organisations on China policy, strategy, public affairs, and corporate social responsibility. Ms Bekink practiced law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, has worked with the US-Asia Law Initiative at NYU Law School and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative China Program, and served in the legal department at General Motors China.

    Ms Bekink has a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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  • Haiqing Lu (Chief Corporate Affairs & Strategic Relations Officer at InterContinental Hotels Group Greater China)

    Haiqing Lu

    Chief Corporate Affairs & Strategic Relations Officer at InterContinental Hotels Group Greater China

    LU Haiqing joined InterContinental Hotels Group in 2013. He’s currently the Chief Corporate Affairs & Strategic Relations Officer responsible for managing all external and internal communications and key stakeholders’ relations, such as owners, media, industry organizations, government authorities, and communities in Greater China.

    LU Haiqing has nearly 30 years’ experience in corporate affairs. He started his career in the foreign service of the Chinese government. Subsequently he was a lecturer for a brief period in the School of Public Affairs, and an assistant researcher in the China Center, both with the University of Maryland at College Park. After his tenure in the public sector, he moved on to senior positions in multi-national companies such as Fortune, Ogilvy, Baxter, Diageo, and Tesco. The unique mix of his experiences offered him comprehensive perspectives and contributed to the strategic guidance and insights he has been providing to the business community on all aspects of public affairs, in terms of both capitalizing on market opportunities and managing corporate risks.

    LU Haiqing holds a master’s degree in Public Administration & International Relations from the University of Maryland at College Park. He lives in Shanghai. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities and reading as well.

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A prepayment is required when choosing 'Members only price' or 'Standard Price'.

Member Ticket
Member Price RMB 350
Member Price (Pay at the door) RMB 400
Member Company Employee Price
Standard Price RMB 450
Door Price RMB 500
Non-Member Ticket
Standard Price RMB 750
Door Price RMB 800


The Sukhothai Shanghai

380 Weihai Road, Shanghai, China, 200041
Shanghai, China

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