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Last December marked the 40th anniversary of the launch of China's "Reform and Opening Up" policy. Since 1978, the push for market-oriented reforms has facilitated the transformation of China's economy into the second largest in the world. However, the ongoing trade tensions with the US highlight a spectrum of concerns that remain over market access and structural issues that continue to challenge foreign businesses operating in China.

One important aspect of the ongoing reform process has been the development and expansion of pilot free trade zones (FTZs) in China, which serve as testing grounds for future nationwide reforms. The Chinese government recently declared the entire Hainan island as an FTZ, expanded the Shanghai Pilot FTZ, and established six more FTZs across China.

AmCham China is pleased to invite all members to attend an event examining the role that theseFTZ developmentswill play in China's continued efforts to "Reform and Open." The event will be held on September 17, 2019 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am at the Hilton Beijing Signature Ballroom B.

Expert panelists will explore questions such as: what is the current state of China's investment environment? Will the FTZs continue to serve as experimental zones for nationwide reforms? How can the foreign business community take advantage of the recent FTZ developments?

The event is off-the-record. To register, please purchase your ticket(s) by clicking "register" before 3:00 pm on September 12, 2019. Please note that we will NOT accept any walk-ins or on-site payments for this event. For any questions, please contact Chloe Ma at cma@amchamchina.org.


9 AM - 9:05 AM
Opening remarks
9:10 AM - 9:30 AM
Presentation 1
The history of China’s economic reforms, the presence and the future
9:35 AM - 9:55 AM
Presentation 2
Trends and recent developments in China's FTZs
10 AM - 10:20 AM
Presentation 3
How can foreign businesses take advantage of China's FTZ policies?
10:25 AM - 11 AM
11 AM - 11:25 AM
11:25 AM - 11:30 AM
Closing remarks


  • Alan Beebe (President at AmCham China)

    Alan Beebe

    President at AmCham China

    Alan Beebe is President of the American Chamber of Commerce in China based in Beijing. He has over twenty-five years of business experience in Asia, including seventeen years in mainland China.
    As President, Alan oversees all advocacy, programs, partnerships and insights provided by the Chamber to support the business growth of nearly 900 foreign corporations operating in China, including most of the U.S. Fortune 500. He leads major advocacy initiatives related to trade tariffs, market access, cybersecurity, Made in China 2025, China’s NGO law and structural imbalances in U.S. – China trade and investment.
    In 2018, he launched AmCham China’s Technology & Innovation Initiative, focused on the business and policy implications of disruptive digital technologies - such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and cloud computing – for U.S. companies in China.
    Prior to joining AmCham China, Alan held various senior executive positions in China with EY, IBM, and management consulting firms AT Kearney and PRTM. He also led a Beijing based start-up for five years, the China Greentech Initiative, which merged in 2014 with the Paulson Institute, founded by Hank Paulson.
    Alan has advised a wide range of corporations and global investors on investing and operating in China. His clients have included global private equity firms, high technology companies, energy related companies, and major state-owned and private Chinese enterprises.
    He holds a Master’s degree from Yale University in International Relations and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the U.S. He is a Board of Advisor of the Yale Club of Beijing and in that capacity promotes academic and cultural exchanges between the U.S. and China. He is a fluent speaker of mandarin Chinese, and reads and writes Chinese. Alan was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska.

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  • Christina Jenq (Assistant Professor of Practice in Economics at NYU Shanghai)

    Christina Jenq

    Assistant Professor of Practice in Economics at NYU Shanghai


    Christina Jenq is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Economics at NYU Shanghai. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s Institute for Emerging Market Studies. She holds a PhD from University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from Harvard College. Professor Jenq’s research interests are Gender, Discrimination, Labor Economics, and Chinese Economic History.

    Research Interests
    Labor Economics
    Gender Inequality
    Human Capital

    Select Publications
    Jenq, Christina. “Privatization, Retirement Policy, and Labor Market Gender Gaps in Urban China, 1990-2005.” Working Paper, Institute for Emerging Market Studies, 2015.
    Jenq, Christina. “Sampling Bias in the China Population Censuses since 1982.” Working Paper, 2015.
    Jenq, Christina. “The Relationship Between Cohort Sex Ratios and Relative Female Educational Attainment in post-1949 China.” Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Chicago, 2014.
    Jenq, Christina, Jessica Pan, and Walter Theseira. "Beauty, weight, and skin color in charitable giving." Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 119 (2015): 234-253.

    Ph.D., Economics
    University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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  • Fujun Zhao (Researcher, Foreign Economic Relations Research Department at Development Research Center of the State Council)

    Fujun Zhao

    Researcher, Foreign Economic Relations Research Department at Development Research Center of the State Council


    Doctor of Economics, Researcher. He is currently a researcher at the Foreign Economic Research Department of the Development Research Center of the State Council. His main research areas include foreign economic policy, fiscal and taxation policy, industrial economy and industrial policy.

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  • Ken Gao (Partner, Integrated Urban Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers)

    Ken Gao

    Partner, Integrated Urban Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Ken Gao is a Partner of Integrated Urban Services based in Shanghai Office. Before joining PwC, he worked for Shanghai Pudong New Area government for 4 years for global business promotion. He has over 12 years working experience on providing consulting service of laws and regulations on domestic and oversea investment, foreign exchange control, and tax planning for large MNCs/SOEs.

    Ken Gao worked in PwC New York Office from 2011 to 2014, mainly focus on U.S. MNCs’ investment in China, including investment strategy, business model and financial modeling.

    He is also member of Shanghai international think tank committee, Chengdu/Wuhan/ Qianhai Free Trade Zone expert committee and provide intellectual support for institutional and policy innovation

    Ken Gao joined Integrated Urban Services in 2014 after returning from U.S. As project leader and policy expert,Mr. Gao provides strategic consulting service of city development, industry planning, policy evaluation and business planning for domestic and “One Belt And One Road” countries’ governments, related state-owned enterprises.

    Ken holds ACCA certificate and he graduated from Rochester University as Master in Finance. He also holds a PhD degree in Finance.

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  • Lingling Wei (moderator) (Chief China Economics Correspondent at The Wall Street Journal)

    Lingling Wei (moderator)

    Chief China Economics Correspondent at The Wall Street Journal


    Lingling Wei is an award-winning journalist for The Wall Street Journal. Based in Beijing, she leads a team of reporters who cover all aspects of China's economy and its macroeconomic policies. In the past few years, she has done a series of stories that provide a behind-the-scenes look at Beijing's policy-making process. Most recently, she and her Washington-based partner, Bob Davis, have been leading the coverage of the U.S.-China trade tensions. Lingling is featured in the Journal's "Face of Real News" campaign aimed at celebrating quality journalism. She was a finalist by the Society of Publishers in Asia for its 2017 Journalist of the Year award and was cited by the Overseas Press Club in New York in 2016 for best international business reporting. Before relocating to Beijing in 2011, she was a New York-based real estate reporter for the Journal. From 2001 to 2007, Lingling worked at Dow Jones Newswires and covered a variety of beats from bankruptcy, accounting to Wall Street brokerages. She was a finalist for the Loeb award for enterprise reporting in 2007 and a winner of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers award that year for her subprime-mortgage coverage. Lingling grew up in China and has a M.A. in business journalism from New York University.

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AmCham China Cardholding Members

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Member Price RMB 250
AmCham China Employee of Member Companies

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Standard Price RMB 380
Standard Price RMB 600
Special ticket
Standard Price RMB 250


Hilton Beijing

1 Dong Fang Road, North Dong Sanhuan, Chaoyang

Beijing, Chaoyang District, China

If you have any questions please contact Chloe Ma

Contact Organizer

+86 1085190854

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