The Centre on Asia and Globalisation hosted Charles Freeman, Senior Vice President for Asia at the US Chamber of Commerce to speak at a closed-door roundtable on October 5, 2018. Drew Thompson moderated the discussion with guests that included representatives from government, industry and academia. Mr. Freeman provided an overview of the evolution of US trade policy, his perspective on the overall U.S.-China relationship, and prospects for future trade agreements between the United States and other countries.
Charles Freeman has a broad perspective of the Asia Pacific region gained from 25-years of experience serving in government in both the legislative and executive branches, in law firms, think tanks and the private sector. He was the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs - the principal trade negotiator with China, and he served as legislative counsel in the U.S. Senate, where he concentrated on East Asian economic and trade issues. He also served as PepsiCo’s vice president for global public policy and government affairs for Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, and he held the China Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC.Highlights of the event can be viewed here.