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Will Hong Kong lose its own character in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area development? How can Hong Kong spearhead the charge in the new era of China’s Greater Bay dream? More importantly, what opportunities and challenges will be presented to international businesses in the region?

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China’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative, growing number of Chinese companies being present on the world stage are all part of the ambitious China’s “Going Global” strategy. Chinese outbound investment rose nearly 50% in 2016 from 2015 (Total US$170billion) and Chinese companies are outperforming overseas counterparts in industries ranging from technology to aviation. Will China grow into a global partner or challenger? What can foreign businesses do to capture opportunities in the globalization plan?

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AmCham is pleased to have Mr. Eddie Ahmed, Chairman, President & CEO of MassMutual International LLC joining us at the China Conference this year. Eddie talked to us at this year's conference about the Emergence of China in International Finance and Fintech. This dialogue session was moderated by Mr. Pete Sweeney (Asia Editor, Reuters Breakingviews at Thomson Reuters).

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AmCham talks exclusively to Mr. James Wang, Chief Investment Officer of HNA Group Co., Ltd. and the CEO of HNA Group (International) Co. Ltd. at the China Conference this year.

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AIIB’s Role and Insight from Beijing upon Hong Kong’s Joining: 1. The Vision for AIIB and Hong Kong’s membership 2. Hong Kong’s role in the Belt & Road scheme 3. AIIB in 2017: Sustainable Infrastructure, Cross-border connectivity and Private Capital Mobilization Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President, Policy & Strategy at Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Introduced by Malcolm Kay, Superintendent, Stamford American School – Hong Kong at Stamford American School

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Opening Keynote: U.S.-China Relations in the Trump-Xi Era David M. Lampton, Chairman of The Asia Foundation; Hyman Professor and Director of SAIS-China and China Studies at Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies Introduced by Peter McMillan, Head of Market Development, North Asia at Thomson Reuters Hong Kong Ltd

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Hong Kong wishes to contribute actively to the national and global effort to cut carbon emissions that the world needs in order to maintain the 2°C warming scenario within this century. The Hong Kong Government has set targets to reduce carbon intensity by 50 per cent to 60 per cent by 2020, compared with the level in 2005 and through various efforts, Hong Kong is on track to meet this target. The Steering Committee on Climate Change chaired by the Chief Secretary for Administration has been steering and co-ordinating the climate actions of relevant government bureaus and departments, and is looking ahead to the next steps that Hong Kong needs to take to achieve its longer term goals in the next decade and more.

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Bob Adams came to Hong Kong in 1969, the year the American Chamber of Commerce was founded in Hong Kong. Ten years later he was Chairman. 1979 was an extremely important year for the Chamber as China began to open up. The late seventies and early eighties marked a huge turning point in Hong Kong as the territory began its transition from a manufacturing based economy to a service based economy. In 1985 at the request of then Chairman, Gage McAfee, Bob founded AmCham's Government Relations Committee to open up a direct dialogue with the Hong Kong government. Here he reflects on his early memories of Hong Kong upon arrival and his first impressions of China in the seventies.

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Mark C Michelson is the Chairman of the Asia CEO Forum at IMA. He moved to Hong Kong in 1980 for one year and stayed rather longer than he expected. During his time as a member of AmCham, he has taken part in a number of important door knocks to both Washington and Beijing, most notably in the aftermath of Tiannenmen Square. Mark served as Chairman of AmCham in 1996, a crucial year for the chamber, just one year before the handover. At the time many commentators were pessimistic about Hong Kong's future, here he explains how the Chamber saw the transition.

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Jon Zinke, Partner at Keesal, Logan and Young, moved to Hong Kong in 1985. Like many expatriate Hong Kong residents, he moved here for two years, fell in love with the city and never left. Jon was AmCham Chairman in 2005 when Macau's economy was beginning to take off. As a resident of more than 30 years he's seen Hong Kong survive a number of destabilising events, but it has never shaken his confidence in the territory's resilience.