Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
The Distinguished Speaker's Series
Initiated by the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong and co-hosted by the Swiss Chamber of
Commerce in Hong Kong
Joint Chambers Luncheon
Franklin L. Lavin
Chairman of the Public Affairs Practice for
Edelman Asia Pacific
The Future of U.S. - China Relations
Many observers believe that the history of the 21st century will be determined by how the United States and
China get along. What are the prospects for cooperation or friction between these two Pacific powers? Will
China's economic growth propel it into geopolitical competition with the U.S.? Will the differences in political
systems and cultures point to a clash?
Long-time China hand and former senior government official, Franklin Lavin, will offer his views on these
topics and take questions.
Frank Lavin serves as Chairman of the Public Affairs Practice for Edelman Asia Pacific, the world’s largest
independent public relations firm. Lavin .has spent most of his professional life in senior business and
government positions involving China and broader Asia issues. He formerly served as Managing Director and
COO of Cushman & Wakefield Investors Asia, responsible for the firm’s private equity business and investor
Lavin previously served as Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In
this capacity, Lavin served as lead trade negotiator for both China and India and was the senior policy official
in the Department responsible for commercial policy, export promotion, and trade negotiations across the
Lavin was U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore from 2001-05, where his duties included helping
negotiate the landmark U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.
From 1996 to 2001, he worked in Hong Kong and Singapore in senior banking and management positions at
Citibank and Bank of America.
He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia and the Pacific during the George H.W. Bush
Administration, with responsibilities for commercial policy, trade negotiations and assisting U.S. companies
with market access.
In the Reagan Administration, Lavin served in the White House as Director of the Office of Political Affairs
and on the National Security Council staff. Other government service includes staff positions at the White
House and the U.S. Department of State.
Lavin earned a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; a M.S. in Chinese Language
from Georgetown University; a M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the School
of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University; and a M.B.A. in Finance at the Wharton
School at the University of Pennsylvania.
He has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign
Affairs, Foreign Policy, and other periodicals.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Globe Specialty Metals (www.glbsm.com), the world’s largest
producer of silicon metal alloys, and on the Board of Directors of Consistel (www.consistel.com), the largest
telecommunications firm for in-building services in Southeast Asia. He is also Chairman of the Steering
Committee of the Shanghai 2010 World Expo USA Pavilion (www.USAPavilion2010.com)
A native of Canton, Ohio, he served as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He and his wife
have three children.
Date: Thursday, 10 September 2009
Venue: The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Price: Members: HK$350 / Non-Members: HK$390
The lunch includes a 2-course menu and one standard drink.
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