Asia Society Texas Center

Is China Reforming Its Economy?

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 – Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

06:15 PM – 07:45 PM

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In collaboration with Asia Society Policy Institute and Rhodium Group

At a time of heightened tension in U.S.-China relations, understanding if China is reforming its economy is critical for business leaders and investors. Important questions loom regarding whether the Chinese government is becoming more open to foreign trade and investment, pursuing structural reforms needed to sustain economic growth, and ensuring fair and market-based competition between domestic and foreign companies. Since 1978, China has made great strides in economic reform, generating both growth opportunities and also disruptions at home and abroad. However this process is far from complete, and the challenges remaining are complex.

Join Asia Society Texas Center for a conversation on China’s economy, the state of the government’s reform agenda, and the resulting impact on relations with the U.S. and other countries.

This event will be the first Texas presentation of the China Dashboard, an interactive web dashboard launched in 2017 by the Asia Society Policy Institute and Rhodium Group. The Dashboard tracks China’s progress toward its self-defined economic reform goals. The online project, updated quarterly, allows readers to explore indicators on financial system reform, trade, cross-border investment, state-owned enterprise reform, fiscal realignment, and other critical areas.

Please visit http://chinadashboard.asiasociety.org for the Dashboard’s latest analysis. The fall 2018 update will be released in October 2018 just prior to this event.



6:15 p.m. | Registration
6:30 p.m. | Program


About the Speaker

Daniel Rosen is a founding partner of Rhodium Group and leads the firm’s work on China. He is also the Jack Wadsworth Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute. Daniel has 26 years of professional experience analyzing China’s economy, commercial sector and external interactions. He is widely recognized for his contributions on the U.S.-China economic relationship. He is affiliated with a number of American think tanks focused on international economics, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University. From 2000-2001, Daniel was Senior Adviser for International Economic Policy at the White House National Economic Council and National Security Council. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and board member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. A native of New York City, Daniel graduated with distinction from the Walsh School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University (MSFS) and with honors in Asian Studies and Economics from the University of Texas, Austin (BA).


About the Moderator

Neil Bush is an international businessman who is active in service. He serves as Chairman of the Points of Light Board of Directors, where Neil expands his father’s vision of inspiring, equipping, and mobilizing volunteers to increase capacity for vital social services and for finding innovative solutions that lift individuals, strengthen families, and renew communities. Neil chairs both the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, dedicated to helping all Houstonians realize their fullest potential through literacy, and the Bush China U.S. Relations Foundation which convenes a conference that brings together leaders from the USA and China forging cooperation on issues of global importance. Neil serves on the Advisory Boards of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M, the Houston Salvation Army, and the Asia Society Texas Center.

In his professional life, Neil develops international business opportunities. He is Chairman of Singhaiyi, a Singapore company investing in U.S. real estate; Co-Chairman of CIIC, a property development business in China; and Chairman of A&A Consulting, a global platform that attracts Asian capital for investments in health care, education, and food in the USA.

Neil and Maria have six wonderful children and they are proud that the family passion for service has passed on to the next generation. Neil’s daughter, Lauren Bush Lauren, is founder and CEO of FEED Projects, a nonprofit that has provided over 93 million meals that are served in schools in Africa through the UN World Food Programme. His son, Pierce Bush, mentors an inner-city youngster and leads the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters agency in the USA.

Neil earned an MBA and a BA from Tulane University.


Asia Society Texas Center Business & Policy Programs, Endowed by

Huffington Foundation

Bank of America, Muffet Blake, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and United Airlines are presenting sponsors of Business and Policy programs at Asia Society Texas Center. Lead support for Business & Policy programs comes from Nancy C. Allen, BP America, Nancy T. Chang, Anne and Albert Chao, Eagle Global Advisors, and Wells Fargo. Generous funding also provided by the Friends of Asia Society Texas Center, a premier group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing the best in public programming.

Business & Policy Presenting Sponsors

China Series Presenting Sponsor

East West Bank

Presenting Partners

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