Are you prepared for changes in the rules-based international order and its governing institutions that you are familiar with? China’s implementation of its Belt & Road Initiative will have a profound impact upon the practice of law, lawyers and their clients in virtually every single field of international-related practice—from international litigation & arbitration to finance and investment, securities, environmental, trade, technology, national security, regional development, human rights, etc.
Are you also ready to advise and prepare your clients for the potential squeeze-out of U.S. and other Western firms from operating in certain international markets which they currently enjoy and blocking still others from even entering new markets in the future?
Do you understand where the response of the United States is to China’s Belt & Road Initiative stands today? There are substantial gaps which may well affect your practice and your clients.
This next program our 7-part symposium looks to developing an understanding of the current status of the competitive response or pushback by the U.S. to China’s BRI on a global scale. There are a number of complex, legal moves that the U.S. has made over the last 2 years which lawyers in international practice need to be familiar with.
Is there a strategy?
- What is the U.S. currently doing to offer a competitive response to China’s Belt & Road Initiative and its Digital Silk Road component?
- What additional steps can the U.S. take to improve its competitiveness with China among the BRI countries?
- What are the risks and what advice should you consider providing to those clients electing to participate in the BRI?
- Wade Weems, Esq - Partner with Kobre & Kim (Shanghai, China) and a member of the Belt & Road Task Force.
- Dr. Robert Spalding, BGen, USAF (Ret'd) - former Director of Strategic Planning for the National Security Council and the chief architect for the U.S. National Security Strategy. Dr. Spalding is also a former China strategist for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Attache to China. He is the author of "Stealth War: How China Took Over While America's Elite Slept."
- Dr. Elizabeth Chan, Esq. - CEO, Global Risk Mitigation Foundation; Steering Committee for the Central/East Asia & China Committee; and Chair of the ABA Committee on Infrastructure Development Finance, a part of Belt & Road Task Force of the ABA’s International Law Section.
- William Oberlin - former senior aerospace executive for Boeing and President of Boeing Korea and Chairman of AMCHAM, South Korea.
- Scott Blacklin - former Vice President – Emerging Markets, Public Sector , Cisco Systems, Inc. and currently working with a consortium of U.S. tech firms in competition with Huawei and other PRC tech firms in BRI developing countries.
- Paul B. Edelberg - a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, New York City, former Co-Chair Central/East Asia & China Committee and a member of the Belt & Road Task Force.