US-China Policy Implications for Europe

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US-China Policy Implications for Europe

Date: 27 Apr 2017, 8:30 - 11:00

Host: CBS, Råvarebygningen, Lokale PHRs20, Porcelænshaven 22, 2000 Frederiksberg

Neither the US nor China can afford to lose economic or political power. How do they plan to keep it in the coming years? What might the consequences be and how could this affect Danish companies who navigate in these markets?

We were joined by about 55 participants for this interesting session at CBS with Niels Bjerre-Poulsen and Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard.  

US-China Apr 27 Danish-American Business Forum

Niels Bjerre-Poulsen gave the audience a good background by comparing the Bush and Obama administrations’ strategies for China and the region, and talking about the concepts of reengagement, pivoting, rebalancing and “congagement” (containment + engagement), as well as criticisms of the rebalance strategy.  He closed by talking about the Trump administration’s stopping of the TPP and focus on jobs for Americans, and that it is still too early to say what Trump’s policies in the region will be.

Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard continued the discussion by focusing on the long term fears of China with the new US government, covering trade issues, foreign policy, and security issues including the North Korea situation.  He helped us understand what angles key Trump advisors are coming from,  and the risks that nervousness and unpredictability can create, as history has shown. He ended on a brief discussion of implications for Europe and the world.

The session was followed by a lively Q&A period and separate networking session.


Organized in cooperation with Danish-Chinese Business Forum

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US-China relations are changing in the era of Trump and Xi Jinping. The world is entering a new era which is very different and uncertain. TTIP, CETA and TPP were important instruments in Obama’s plan for US strength, but implementation now seems unlikely.  What will happen, given the new US government and continued economic and demographic pressure on China?   How is China likely to respond and how does it perceive the new international order? How do corporations navigate in this uncertain world? Do we need to rethink or invent new ways to capture opportunities in US and China?


Registration and Networking

Hans Henrik Pontoppidan, Secretary General, Danish-Chinese Business Forum
Einar Dyrhauge, Executive Director, Danish-American Business Forum

Is America’s pivot to Asia dead under President Trump?
Niels Bjerre-Poulsen, Ph.D. in American History from University of California, Santa Barbara,
Associate Professor in American Studies at the Center for American Studies/Department of History
at University of Southern Denmark

US-China relations in the Trumpian era—trade war or military conflict?  
Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard, Professor in Chinese Business and Politics, Department of International
Economics and Management, CBS

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Networking and refreshments

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