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Where Politics & Trade Collide: Shifting Dynamics of US and China and its impact on Southeast Asia

“Where Politics and Trade Collide”

Presented by Mr Steven Okun:

The shifting political, social and governmental environment in the United States over the past half-century was not created by Donald Trump — but it enabled him to get elected. This, coupled with the realization that China was not going to become more like the West in terms of “rule of law” and “level playing field”, led to a consensus across both political parties and the business community that the US needs a different, more confrontational approach to China. The 2020 Presidential campaign and election may shift the dynamics of US policy towards China, but not the overall direction. Businesses need to understand how the US and China got here to know where the relationship is going to go.

“China-US trade tensions and the impact on South East Asia”

Presented by Mr Chris Leung:

The Sino-US rivalry is long term and the two great powers have entered the tech battlefront.
What is the impact of this on South East Asia? What are the opportunities? The impact of this on business planning and investment strategy in 2019 warrants our attention.


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4.00 pm: Registration
4.15 pm: Opening remarks
4.20pm: Presentations
– “When politics and trade collide” by Steven Okun
– “China-US trade tensions and its impact on Southeast Asia” by Chris Leung
5.40 pm: Q&A
6.00 pm: Networking

Kindly note that there are limited seats available, registration is binding and payment non-refundable.

Meet the speakers

CEO and Founder, APAC Advisors
Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates

The Founder and CEO of APAC Advisors as well as a Senior Advisor to global strategic consultancy McLarty Associates, Steven Okun was one of the earliest experts to highlight the prospects for the US-China trade war and was on the forefront of prognosticating its length and breadth.

From his time in the Clinton Administration as Deputy General Counsel at the US Department of Transportation through today, Steven has been involved in international trade and business advocacy in the Asia Pacific region. From 1988-2000, he worked on the primary and presidential campaigns of Democratic candidates, in addition to having worked at the Democratic National Conventions of 1988, 1996 and 2000. A frequent commentator on trade and US politics for both CNBC and Channel NewsAsia, he has been a guest on the BBC, NHK (Japan) and TRT World (Turkey) and regularly appears on the MONEY FM (Singapore) International Week in Review.

Living in Singapore since 2003, he served as KKR’s first Director of Asia Public Affairs from 2011-2017 and before that created and led Asia public affairs for global logistics firm UPS. He was also elected Chairman three times of both American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (AmCham Singapore) and the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) and is in his fourth term as a Governor of AmCham Singapore. 

He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Executive Director and Chief China Economist 
DBS Bank

Mr Chris Leung is DBS Bank’s Executive Director and Chief China Economist. He joined in January 2002. Mr Leung is responsible for monitoring the macroeconomic conditions of the Greater China region. He frequently conducts economic/investment seminars across Asia. 

Prior to joining DBS Bank, Mr Leung was an economist at Citibank and Chase Bank. As an expert on the Chinese economy, he appears regularly on Bloomberg, Cable TV, ATV, TVB, CNBC, CNN and various print media, providing his professional views on financial and economic issues. His insights have been published in the Financial Times (Chinese version) and a book published by China Economic Publishing House. Mr Leung is frequently invited to attend various economic meetings convened by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. 

Mr Leung graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Statistics from Columbia University, a Master’s Degree in Economics from New York University, and an Advanced Diploma in Managing Economic Crisis and Reform from the Harvard Institute for International.

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