In 2020 the U.S. State Department issued several advisories to exercise caution when traveling to the People's Republic of China, warning of "arbitrary enforcement of local laws." While most detentions of foreign nationals in China are routine procedures, it is still important to know what to expect and how to prepare.

AmCham Shanghai presents a lunchtime security briefing to address some of the issues. Thomas Nunlist, Risk Intelligence Senior Analyst at Hill & Associates, a risk consultancy of G4S Group, will open with a baseline assessment on the current security situation for foreign nationals in China, including some recommendations for companies. Next, Thomas and Edward Swoyer, the State Department's Regional Security Officer, will answer audience questions.


12 PM - 12:30 PM
Networking and Eating Lunch
12:30 PM - 12:55 PM
Update on Security Situation
12:55 PM - 1:30 PM
Audience Q&A


  • Thomas Nunlist (Senior Analyst, Risk Intelligence, Greater China and North Asia at Hill & Associates)

    Thomas Nunlist

    Senior Analyst, Risk Intelligence, Greater China and North Asia at Hill & Associates

    Tom Nunlist joined H&A in 2017 to lead Risk Intelligence analysis covering Greater China and North Asia. He produces the weekly China Risk Report, which covers risk-relevant developments in the region, with a particular focus on geo/political and policy monitoring, and has authored and contributed to numerous in-depth reports on topics including cybersecurity policy, geopolitics in the South China Sea and regional developments in terrorism. Tom also directly supports clients with bespoke research and monitoring, as well as crisis management assistance.

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  • Ed Swoyer (Regional Security Officer at U.S. Department of State)

    Ed Swoyer

    Regional Security Officer at U.S. Department of State

    Supervisory Special Agent Ed Swoyer joined the Department in 2003. Ed arrived in Shanghai in August 2018. Previous overseas assignments include Hong Kong, Baghdad, Peshawar and Sanaa. Previous domestic assignments include the DS Office of Mobile Security Deployments, the Washington DC Field Office and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

    Ed passed the Pennsylvania State Bar in 2003. He has a BA in Political Science and a JD from Penn State.

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