The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) and the China Finance 40 Forum (CF40) held a joint event on January 23, 2019, to discuss the global impact of the Belt and Road Initiative and the competing positions of China and the United States in calls for reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Speakers for the first session, “Investment and Financing for the Belt and Road Initiative” (10:35–11:30 am), included XIAO Gang, a member of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and former chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, and Caroline Freund, director of trade, regional integration and investment climate, and director of the Belt and Road Initiative at the World Bank Group.
Speakers for the second session, “US-China Bilateral Issues and Reform of the Multilateral Trading System” (11:35 am–12:30 pm), included Chad P. Bown, PIIE Reginald Jones Senior Fellow; LU Feng, CF40 academic advisor and professor at Peking University’s National School of Development; and Jeffrey J. Schott, PIIE senior fellow.
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