Monday, May 22 · 8:30am – 4pm PDT
cross-pacific bridge for business opportunities.
Please join us at the premiere event for California and Chinese companies to meet and create new business opportunities!
The China – California Business Forum was founded to promote and highlight California’s trade and investment cooperation with Chinese provinces, and to encourage individual California and Chinese business leaders to explore and develop business opportunities. The past four Forums attracted 1,600 local and Chinese attendees.
The 2023 Forum is the first one after the Covid-19 pandemic, joined by a Chinese delegation of 150+ top business leaders and trade officials from seven provinces. With Jiangsu Province, the Guest Province of Honor of this year, the Forum will feature keynote speeches, panel discussions, and networking opportunities.
AGENDA (subject to change – additional high level officials and leaders from China and California will be included in the formal agenda):
09:30-10:45 Opening Ceremony
H.E. Shaochun Guo, Consul General (Ambassadorial Rank), Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles
Jim Wunderman, President and CEO, Bay Area Council
Chun Liu, Vice President, China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products
Brian Peck, Chair, Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC)
Wei Fang, Vice Governor, Jiangsu Province
Eleni Kounalakis, Lieutenant Governor, California
Erin Bromaghim, Deputy Mayor of International Affairs Office of Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass
11:00-12:00 Breakout Sessions I & II
Feng An (Moderator), Executive Director, U.S.-China Cleantech Center
Michael Swords, Vice President, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
Susan Ying, Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships and Operations, Ampaire
Brian Peck (Moderator), Executive Director, Center for Transnational Law and Business and Adjunct Professor of Law, USC Gould School of Law
Jeffrey Chen, President, BBC Freight Line, Inc. DBA: ABC Depot Logistics
Mark Matsumoto, Director, CBEC Asia
12:00-12:30 Business Networking
Chenghai Sun, Deputy Director-General, China International Import Expo Bureau
14:15-15:15 Breakout Session III:
Bilateral FDI Opportunities
Matt Horton (Moderator), Senior Advisor, Milken Institute
Patrick Duan, Senior Vice President, Operations, BYD North America
Xiaodong Chen, Director of the Division of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Jiangsu Provincial Department of Commerce
Kevin Xu, CEO, MEBO International
15:15-15:45 Business Networking
Thank you to our 2023 sponsors!
Diamond: China International Import Expo
Gold: KAL, ICBC, BYD, Conrad Los Angeles , and Gemdale USA Corporation
Silver: Cathay Bank and Bank of China