Event Details

Trade has long been one of the most contentious issues in the US-China relationship. Since 2018 the Trump Administration has tried to correct what it considers unfair Chinese trade practices by launching an escalating tariff war, which finally paused when both countries came together in January 2020 to sign a phase one trade agreement. Despite the agreement, trade relations between the two countries are far from settled. How is China's implementation of the phase one deal going? What are the prospects for phase two negotiations? Does the WTO offer a credible venue to address industrial subsidies and other practices associated with a state-led economy? What policies might be implemented to encourage reshoring of US production? What impact will all of these questions have on US firms, including those with operations in China?

AmCham Shanghai welcomes Wendy Cutler, Vice President of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former Acting Deputy US Trade Representative, for a talk on the status and prospects for the US-China trade relationship.


  • Wendy Cutler (Vice President and Managing Director, Washington, D.C. Office of Asia Society)

    Wendy Cutler

    Vice President and Managing Director, Washington, D.C. Office of Asia Society

    Wendy Cutler joined the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) as vice president in November 2015. She also serves as the managing director of the Washington D.C. Office. In these roles, she focuses on building ASPI’s presence in Washington — strengthening its outreach as a think/do tank — and on leading initiatives that address challenges related to trade and investment, as well as women’s empowerment in Asia. She joined ASPI following an illustrious career of nearly three decades as a diplomat and negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Most recently she served as Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, working on a range of U.S. trade negotiations and initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. In that capacity she was responsible for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, including the bilateral negotiations with Japan. She also was the chief negotiator to the U.S.-Korea (Korus) Free Trade Agreement.

    Cutler received her master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University.

    view more