Washington Doorknock 2017: A highlight of meetings

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A summary of discussions with U.S. government officials, congressional leaders and think tanks on various issues including international trade and policy on Asian economies

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By Michelle Lam and Clara Ren

Daniel Street, center, of the International Finance Corporation

Yukon Huang, Senior Fellow (Asia Program), Carnegie Endowment

Katherine Tai, second from left, Ways and Means Trade Counsel (Democratic Staff), U.S. House of Representatives

Rick Larsen (D-WA), third from left, U.S. House of Representatives

Rick Helfenbein, third from left, and Steve Lamar, second from right, of the American Apparel & Footwear Association

Angela Ellard, far right, Ways and Means Chief Trade Counsel (Majority Staff), U.S. House of Representatives

Elyse Anderson, far back, and Paul Protic, left, of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC)

Matthew Cenzer, second from right, Advisor on Foreign Policy to Senator Edward Markey (D-MA)

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Key personnel: Matthew Cenzer, Advisor to Senator Edward Markey

Themes: Global trade, U.S. withdrawal from TPP

Emphasis: To formulate a plan to establish American economic leadership in Asia

James Williams, second from left, Senior Advisor on Finance to Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

Key personnel: James Williams, Senior Advisor

Themes: U.S. taxation, “One Country, Two Systems”

Emphasis: To increase U.S. competitiveness overseas through residency-based taxation

Matthew Goodman, left, Senior Advisor on Asian Economics at Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Kurt Tong, U.S. Consul General for Hong Kong and Macau

A panel discussion moderated by Scott Kennedy with AmCham Chairman Walter Dias, former USCG James Keith, HKETO Commissioner Clement Leung and Founding Principal of CreditSpectrum Corporation Ann Rutledge

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Key personnel: USCG Kurt Tong, CSIS Chair Matthew Goodman, HKETO Commissioner Clement Leung, former USCG James Keith, Ann Rutledge of CreditSpectrum Corporation

Themes: Hong Kong’s core values, economic freedom and business opportunities

Emphasis: To maintain Hong Kong’s strategic position as an international business hub

Israel Hernandez, second from left, Deputy Chief of Staff, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

International Trade Administration

Key personnel: Israel Hernandez, Deputy Chief of Staff

Themes: International trade, bilateral agreements

Emphasis: To maintain U.S. engagement in trade negotiations despite withdrawal from TPP

Shane Warren, fourth from right, International Trade Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Finance

Senate Committee on Finance

Key personnel: Shane Warren, International Trade Counsel

Themes: U.S. engagement with Asia, TPP

Emphasis: To kickstart U.S. renegotiation on trade with Asian economies

Edward Alden, center, Senior Fellow on Economic Competitiveness, Council of Foreign Relations

Council of Foreign Relations

Key personnel: Edward Alden, Senior Fellow on Economic Competitiveness

Themes: Future of trade, U.S. Visa Waiver Program

Emphasis: To move forward on U.S. trade with Asia without TPP

Richard Bush, second from left, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Brookings Institution

Key personnel: Richard Bush, Senior Fellow

Themes: International trade agreements

Emphasis: To negotiate a bilateral trade investment treaty with China

Barbara Weisel, second from right, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative

Terry McCartin, third from right, Acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, and Tseing Dhongthog, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (Hong Kong Portfolio)

U.S. Trade Representative

Key personnel: Assistant USTR Barbara Weisel, Acting Assistant USTR Terry McCartin, Deputy Assistant USTR Tseing Dhongthog

Themes: U.S. strategic plan for Asia, bilateral trade agreements

Emphasis: To begin negotiations on NAFTA despite a current focus on deregulation and tax reform

Matt Matthews, second from right, APEC Ambassador

U.S. Department of State

Key personnel: APEC Ambassador Matt Matthews, Consular Affairs Analyst Alan Smith

Themes: Free trade, anti-dumping, tariffs

Emphasis: To use a revised NAFTA as a template for renegotiation with TPP countries


Other key meetings:

U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission

Key personnel: Various commissioners

Themes: U.S. businesses, American expats, double taxation

Emphasis: To showcase Hong Kong’s unique “One Country, Two Systems”


U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Key personnel: U.S. CBP officials

Themes: Global trade, U.S. domestic issues

Emphasis: To include Hong Kong in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program


U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Key personnel: Senior Vice President for Asia Tami Overby

Themes: NAFTA, TPP, China’s “One Belt One Road” initiative

Emphasis: Japan to take the lead on TPP following US withdrawal