US-Sino Trade War

Douglas M Bell

Global Trade Policy Leader, Ernst & Young

Douglas serves as the EY Global Trade Policy Leader. Prior to joining the EY organization in February 2019, Douglas worked with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, most recently serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade and Investment Policy. In this role, he led the Department’s trade policy development efforts, with an emphasis on the financial services sector and matters relating to China and the European Union. While with the Treasury Department, Douglas worked closely with federal regulators on trade policy matters and managed Treasury’s involvement in free trade agreement and bilateral treaty negotiations.

 

Prior to his time at Treasury, Douglas managed trade policy and economics at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) as a Counselor and Assistant USTR, overseeing market-access and rule-of-origin chapters in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

 

From 2009 to 2011, Douglas served as the Director for Trade and Investment for the White House’s National Security Council, advising the President, the National Economic Director and other senior officials on trade and investment issues. While there, he helped develop the Administration’s trade agenda and managed policy and the coordination of economic agencies in support of the President’s objectives. Douglas began his federal government career as a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State and also served in Deputy Assistant USTR regional positions in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

 

Douglas holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.

This talk will touch on the origins of the U.S. - Sino trade conflict, the status of current negotiations and issues between the two countries, and how we can expect the conflict to evolve further. The talk will also address how firms can navigate the disruptions stemming from the trade conflict now and into the future.

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