On October 22nd, ACSI hosted its fourth China Business Conference and Annual Gala at the Hilton in downtown Indianapolis. With more than 310 business and government leaders from the United States and China registered, the half-day event focused on the evolving business dynamics between the U.S. and China, how Indiana businesses can mitigate risk to develop successful strategies, and ended with a celebratory dinner with entertainment.
The Business Conference began with an Indiana-China Business Update by Weilin Long (China Director, Indiana Economic Development Corporation), a US-China Economic Briefing by Kingsley Lam (Vice President, J.P. Morgan Chase), and a Political Overview by Russell Menyhart (Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister). Welcoming a special delegation from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Dr. Yao Zhizhong (Deputy Director, CASS) gave some thoughts on the Chinese perspective of the Trade War followed by an Intellectual Property Strategies presentation by Lee Li (Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels), and Trade & Tariffs Briefing by Christine Sohar Henter (Partner, Barnes & Thornburg).
Following a networking reception break, the Gala started with a special string quartet performance by Chinese students studying at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. The Gala continued with opening remarks by ACSI Chairman Mr. Harrison Ding followed by remarks by Indiana Secretary of Commerce Mr. Jim Schellinger and Chinese Consul General Mr. Zhao Jian. The Gala concluded with an award ceremony with Jingu N.A. Corp. winning ACSI’s “Friend of Indiana” Award and Dr. Joe Xu winning the Chen Legacy Award.