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US-China Trade War

What are the implications of the U.S.-China trade disputes for California business? How likely is a quick resolution? The Long Beach - Qingdao Association hosts this timely discussion.

August 7, 2018 5:00pm to 7:00pm

On Aug. 7, experts will discuss how recent U.S.-China hostile trade tactics—new tariffs, investment restrictions, and other business barriers—are creating tremendous tensions for local businesses.

The program is sponsored by the Long Beach-Qingdao Association, a sister city group, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the law firm of Keesal, Young and Logan.

Since California has benefitted more than any other state from China trade and investment, local firms also stand to lose the most in a trade war. Especially at risk is the SoCal goods movement industry (ports) where high-paying jobs are common. Is a full-blown trade war inevitable? Clayton Dube, Director of USC’s US-China Institute, will moderate the timely discussion in Long Beach.

Panelists include:

Brian Peck, Director of the USC Center for Transnational Law and Business, where he teaches International Trade Policy and Intellectual Property at USC’s Gould School of Law. Peck’s background includes posts at the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of Commerce, and most recently with Governor Brown’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

Robert Sun, President, American-Chinese CEO Society, a membership group for CEOs and high-level managers, whose mission is to promote trade, friendship and cultural awareness between U.S. and Chinese firms. He is also founder of Discovery Medical Investment, LLC.

The Long Beach-Qingdao Association, an award-winning affiliate of Sister Cities International, promotes understanding and good will between the U.S. and China. Qingdao, with a population of more than seven million, is Long Beach’s “big sister,” and home to a major port, as is Long Beach. The all-volunteer membership organization annually hosts several events to acquaint local people with China and current issues between the two countries. Price for the panel discussion is $20 and $10 for students, including refreshments and parking. For details and to register for the event, visit

Keesal, Young and Logan
400 Oceangate
Long Beach, California 90802
Phone: (562) 436-2000

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$20 and $10 for students (includes refreshments and parking)


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