Mapping the Future of Transatlantic Relations | Policy Meeting

  • Date
    28 January 2021 - 28 January 2021
  • Beijing Time
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Venue
    Four Seasons Hotel, Beijing
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Type: Policy Meeting

Date: Thursday, 28th January 2021

Time: 10:00-12:00 (registration starts at 9:30)

Location: Four Seasons Hotel, Beijing

The outcome of the November 2020 elections has brought about many questions on the strategic approaches the new administration led by Vice-President Joe Biden will take on global trends and challenges. In Europe, one of the key issues that has been speculated on is how the new Presidency will look at cooperation with like-minded partners such as the EU in areas such as the reform of multilateral institutions and the environment, but also on issues like devising a coordinated approach to discussions with China. The trajectory on cooperation both the US and the EU decide to take is set to impact both European and American businesses in China.

The EU SME Centre and the European Chamber are pleased to invite you to join our first Policy Meeting of 2021, where a panel composed of senior industry and embassy representatives from the EU and China will discuss the potential trajectories of cooperation between the EU and the US, in particular on China, and how it will affect the European and American business community in China. Panelists include Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy to China, Mr William Klein, and a senior representative at Delegation at the EU Delegation to China, as well as President of AmCham China Alan Beebe and European Chamber Secretary General Adam Dunnett.The meeting will take place on Thursday, 28th January 2021 from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Meeting Registration and Cancellation

This is a closed meeting open to consortium partners’ management and relevant stakeholders of EU SME Centre Phase III including embassies or consulates only. If you meet the criteria and would like to attend, please send your information to Zeyu Liu ( with subject line and Wednesday, 27th January noon.You will receive a confirmation email.A maximum of two representatives from each stakeholder may attend if the capacity allows it.

About the speakers

William (Bill) Klein Acting Deputy Head of Mission at the US Embassy in China

William “Bill” Klein has served as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy Beijing since October, 2020. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service of the United States, Mr. Klein was the Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy Beijing from 2016 until assuming his current role. ​

Previously he served as Political Section Chief at the American Institute in Taiwan, as Deputy Director and later Acting Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs at the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC, and in assignments at U.S. Missions in Kyiv, Mumbai, Tel Aviv, Doha and Jerusalem. Prior to joining the U.S. Foreign Service, Bill worked in leadership positions in investment banking in Germany for over a decade. He managed the financial derivatives trading operation of a Frankfurt-based bank and later established and led the capital markets division of a universal bank established in former East Germany following German reunification.

A native of Oregon, Mr. Klein grew up in North Ogden, Utah, and holds the equivalent of an M.A​. and a B.A. in economics from the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, as well as a B.A. in History and Mass Communications from the University of Utah. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and German.

Alan Beebe President at the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham China)

Alan Beebe is President at the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham China), where he oversees the general administration of the chamber and serves as the link between the Board of Governors and the staff.

Beebe joined AmCham China from EY China, where he was Executive Director leading the company’s Cleantech and Supply Chain Management practices. His clients included major global corporations, primarily diversified industrials and high-technology companies operating in China. Prior to joining EY, Beebe held executive positions with the China Greentech Initiative, IBM, and management consulting firms AT Kearney and PRTM. He has 20 years of management consulting experience in the US, China and other Asian countries helping clients develop and implement sound business, operations and technology strategies.

Mr. Timothy (Tim) Harrington Deputy Head of Delegation at the EU Delegation to China

Tim Harrington has been Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the People’s Republic of China since August 2019. He previously served in the Headquarters of the European External Actions Service and in the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU. In the Irish Foreign Service, he served as Ambassador of Ireland to the Republic of Croatia, Chargé of the Embassy of Ireland to Japan, Deputy Head of the Embassy of the Ireland to the PRC, and at the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU in Brussels.

Adam Dunnett Secretary General, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China

Adam Dunnett is responsible for the overall implementation the European Chamber’s objectives, visibility, membership and lobbying activities across its 7 chapters and 9 offices in China (Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Shenyang and Tianjin).

Adam joined the Chamber originally in 2006. He served first as the senior business manager, then as the Beijing general manager, and since 2013 has been the secretary general. Between 2011 and 2012 he also worked at the public affairs firm APCO Worldwide as the deputy managing director. He holds an International Development.

Mr. Jörg Wuttke President, European Chamber; Chief Representative China, BASF (China) Co., Ltd.

Jörg Wuttke is Vice President and Chief Representative of BASF China, based in Beijing. Since joining BASF in 1997, Mr. Wuttke has been responsible for helping guide the company’s investment strategies for China, negotiation of large projects and government relations. Previous to joining BASF, Mr. Wuttke worked with ABB for 11 years; in fact his first professional encounter with China was in 1988 as the Finance and Administration Manager of ABB Beijing. In 1990, he returned to Germany as Sales Manager of ABB Power Plants Division, responsible for gas turbine sales to Africa and Russia. In 1993, he became Chief Representative ABB China in Shanghai and in 1994 moved to the President’s Office of ABB China in Beijing, where he was responsible for the development and financing of large projects. From 2001 to 2004 Mr. Wuttke was the Chairman of the German Chamber of Commerce in China. From 2007 to 2010, 2014 to 2017, and since May 2019 again he is the President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China From 2011 to 2019, Mr. Wuttke was Chairman of the BIAC China Task Force of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), a Paris based body of major business associations that lobbies the OECD. From 2013 to 2016, and again since 2019 Mr. Wuttke is Vice Chairman of the CPCIF International Cooperation Committee, a group representing Multinational Companies in China’s Chemical Association. Since its establishment in 2013, Mr. Wuttke is member of the Advisory Board of Germany’s foremost Think Tank on China, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), in Berlin. In January 2019 Mr. Wuttke joined the International Board of the Stars Foundation, in Switzerland. stars – for Leaders of the Next Generation.

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