Former government leaders Tung Chee-hwa and Kevin Rudd to discuss the future of US-China relations on CCUSA

HONG KONG, 25 November 2020 – The South China Morning Post announced today its line-up of former top ministers and politicians speaking at the second annual China Conference: USA (CCUSA), headlined by former Chief Executive of Hong Kong Tung Chee-hwa and former Australian Prime Minister Hon. Kevin Rudd AC on December 1-2 beginning at 9 PM HKT. 

Mr Tung, who is currently Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, was the first Chief Executive following the 1997 Handover, and has deep insights on US-China relations, as well as Hong Kong’s place in the complicated bilateral relations. Mr Rudd, current President of the Asia Society Policy Institute, will discuss the future of US-China relations in the wake of the US presidential election. 

The second annual CCUSA will feature more than 20 well-known thought leaders, government officials, and business leaders to discuss the future of US-China relations. The line-up includes Mr Long Yongtu, former Vice Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation of the People’s Republic of China who will discuss the future of Chinese businesses in the United States backed by decades of diplomatic experience dedicated to bringing China into the global trading system. The event will also feature former US Senator and Ambassador to China Max Baucus, former US Ambassador and Deputy US Trade Representative Robert Holleyman and former US Ambassador Susan M Elliot. A detailed agenda is available here, as well as the full list of speakers

CCUSA will address key issues impacting not only the US-China relationship, including the election of President-elect Joseph R Biden, but also the world at large, with an emphasis on diplomacy, trade, technology and immigration. The program will also address the future of a global economy potentially poised on the edge of decoupling, the wide-ranging impact of the nations’ diverging approaches to global governance, how the global supply chain will continue to evolve, the implications of the intense race for technological dominance, and the future of cultural exchange and immigration policies. 

“In a year full of divisive developments in the US-China relationship and compounded by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the conference is an opportunity to untangle and analyse what the future holds between these two superpowers in terms of the global economy, geopolitical uncertainties and technology disputes,” said Tammy Tam, SCMP’s Editor-in-Chief. “China Conference: United States promises to be an event full of insightful analysis, led by SCMP’s editorial expertise as well as leading authorities and academic voices.” 

The China Conference: United States includes access to live sessions, attendee networking and video playback, kindly visit for registration details. Media can register for a press pass by emailing for details.

Other speakers at China Conference: United States include –

  • Long Yongtu, Former Vice Minister, Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, People’s Republic of China
  • Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Craig Allen, President, US-China Business Council
  • Amb. Max Baucus, Former US Ambassador to China; Former US Senator (Montana)
  • Myron Brilliant, Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Wendy Cutler, Vice President and Managing Director, Washington, D.C. Office, Asia Society Policy Institute; Former Acting Deputy US Trade Representative
  • Amb. Susan Elliott, President & CEO, National Committee on American Foreign Policy
  • Bonnie Glaser, Senior Adviser for Asia & Director, China Power Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Gary Liu, Chief Executive Officer, South China Morning Post
  • Leo Liu, Senior Advisor, Global Strategic Associates
  • Amb. Robert Holleyman, President & CEO, Crowell & Moring International; Former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
  • Dr. Yukon Huang, Senior Fellow, Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Chris Marlin, Founder and President, Lennar International
  • Prof. John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
  • Donald J. Morrissey, Vice President, Congressional, State, and Local Government Affairs, Huawei Technologies (USA)
  • Stephen A. Orlins, President, National Committee on United States-China Relations
  • Ifeoma Ozoma, Founder and Principal, Earthseed
  • Martijn Rasser, Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program, Center for a New American Security
  • Amb. J. Stapleton Roy, Director Emeritus, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Daniel Russel, Vice President, International Security and Diplomacy, Asia Society Policy Institute
  • Prof. David Shambaugh, Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies, Political Science & International Affairs and Founding Director, China Policy Program, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies & Director, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution
  • Robert D. Williams, Executive Director, Paul Tsai China Center, Yale Law School

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South China Morning Post’s China Conference was first launched in 2015 with the aim of setting the agenda for China watchers, business leaders and government officials around the world. Convening hundreds of thought-leaders at each event, renowned experts have debated pressing issues surrounding the world’s second-largest economy, and fostered better understanding and elevated thought about China’s culture, society, industries and economy. Originally held in Hong Kong, it has branched out to Southeast Asia and now the United States in the past year. Visit for more details. 

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