US-China Bilateral Relations: What’s In Store for 2013?

International Roundtable

November 15, 2012: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Drawing upon years of experience engaging Chinese political, economic, and commercial policymakers, former Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson brings an unparalleled depth of perspective and insight to the US-China bilateral relationship. How will this relationship unfold in 2013 and beyond? Will a new consensus emerge focused on engagement and cooperation, or discord and hostility? Plan now to attend this vibrant evening.


Gleacher Center
450 Cityfront Plaza
Chicago, Illinois

Driving Directions:

NOTE ON PARKING:  300 East Illinois Street (AMC Theater-River East Self Park Garage)
$6.00 after 3:00 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday for a 12-hour period
Garage: Self Park Facility
Payment: Automated; at pay-stations by cash or credit card or upon exit pay by credit card only.
To receive discounted rate: There is a card validator at the first floor security desk of the Gleacher Center. You will only need to insert your parking card in the validator and the new price will be automatically applied. When you leave the lot you will be charged for the lower $6.00 fee.

Detailed Directions:
Garage is located next to PJ Clarks and below the AMC Theater.
a) When traveling east on Illinois cross over Columbus and enter the Garage on the left (north) side of the street

If driving west on Grand (north of Theater), you can enter the garage ½ block before Columbus on the left (south) side of the street.

Event Details

During the presidential campaign season, China and how the US should engage it emerged as a central issue. For years, there was an implicit understanding: China's inexpensive exports help finance the American consumer and economy, and the US enables China's peaceful rise. That consensus and dynamic are now evolving as China's economic, geopolitical, and military power expands in the face of American financial and economic discord.


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Deadline: 11/15/2012


6:00 PM-6:30 PM: Networking

6:30 PM-8:00 PM: Presentation

Speaker Profiles

Henry M. Paulson, Jr (Speaker)
Chairman, The Paulson Institute, and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, The Paulson Institute

Henry M. Paulson, Jr. served under President George W. Bush as the 74th Secretary of the Treasury from July 2006 until January 2009. As Treasury Secretary, Paulson was the President's leading policy advisor on a broad range of domestic and international economic issues.

Before going to the Treasury Department, Paulson had a thirty-two year career at Goldman Sachs, serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since the firm's initial public offering in 1999. He is involved in a range of conservation and environmental initiatives having served as Chairman of The Peregrine Fund, Inc., Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Nature Conservancy and was Co-Chairman of its Asia/Pacific Council.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Paulson was a member of the White House Domestic Council, serving as Staff Assistant to the President from 1972 to 1973, and as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon from 1970 to 1972.

Paulson graduated from Dartmouth College in 1968, where he was an English major, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and an All Ivy, All East football player. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1970. He and his wife, Wendy, have two grown children and four grandchildren.

In February 2010, Paulson published his first book, On the Brink, detailing his experience at Treasury during the global financial crisis.

In 2011, he founded and currently serves as Chairman of the Paulson Institute located at the University of Chicago, which is dedicated to addressing issues of global scope with an initial emphasis on engagements designed to strengthen the crucially important relationship between the United States and China with a special focus on facilitating concrete actions by businesses and governments designed to promote cross border investment, sustainable economic growth, and a cleaner environment around the world.


Karl L. Buschmann