AmCham Chairman Robert Grieves and Acting Chief Executive Matthew Cheung enter the main ballroom at Government House for the welcome cocktail reception. Other photos include Mr Cheung speaking and Yang Yirui, Deputy Commissioner of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hong Kong office.
After months of planning, the annual summit of the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce is now officially open. Well, not officially officially. That happens on the morning of March 4th.
Hong Kong's government played host for the before-party, with Acting Chief Executive Matthew Cheung standing in for Carrie Lam.
Historic Government House provided the setting as representatives from 19 American Chambers of Commerce mingled over cocktails with US diplomats and Chinese and Hong Kong government officials.
Yang Yirui, Deputy Commissioner of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hong Kong office, was among the guests.
Mr Cheung welcomed the APCAC delegates in a speech that emphasized not just Hong Kong's past achievements as a leading global financial and trade center, but also the opportunities that Hong Kong will offer as a lynchpin of Beijing's Belt & Road and Greater Bay Area initiatives.
US Consul General Kurt Tong is the opening speaker, kicking off two days packed with debates, panels and presentations covering all the existential issues of the hour.
Oh, and for those that missed the before party, there's 6pm cocktails on March 4 at the Hong Kong Yacht Club.