Breakfast with Sarah and Patrick on U.S.-China Business and Trade Relations

On Friday, April 22, ChinaSF proudly hosted a breakfast roundtable featuring Sarah Kemp, the Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and Patrick Santillo, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for China. Leading the conversation on a wide range of topics significant to the U.S.-China business and trade relationship, Officer Kemp and Assistant Secretary Santillo shed light on China's economic transition, the outbound deal flow of public and private companies in China, and the cultural disparities that might plague Sino-U.S. relations. Notable attendees from leading local companies and organizations, including the SFCED, Nixon Peabody, DLA Piper, East West Bank, Golden Gate Global, MORE Health, Moss Adams, Pacific Union, Pillsbury, SOM, Asia Society and Crescent Heights participated in the conversation. The discussion addressed common challenges that many of these companies face as they seek to forge strategic partnerships with firms in China. As a public-private partnership working to promote business development between San Francisco and China, ChinaSF is grateful to have such distinguished guests speak at their San Francisco headquarters on issues at the forefront of U.S. - China relations. The breakfast was graciously sponsored by Nixon Peabody.