China Symposia


The Program on International Financial Systems entered its thirteenth year of hosting China-U.S. Symposia in 2016. This annual event attracts senior financial leaders, high-ranking government officials, and distinguished academics from the United States and China for intensive, off-the-record dialogue on issues affecting international capital markets.

The cornerstone of PIFS Symposia is the candid, intimate exchange of ideas and dialogue between global financial counterparts. In recent years, topics have included:

  • Stabilizing Markets: The role of individual countries and G20 and FSB
  • The rate hike cycle in the U.S. and exchange rate of RMB
  • The impact of cross-border mergers & acquisitions on the economies of China and the U.S.
  • The bi-lateral investment treaty and the new financial architecture: evolving for China and the U.S.
  • Capital market financing and the changing role of private and venture capital
  • China’s Free Trade zones and their implication for the U.S. financial sector

Dialogue on these topics takes place in small group discussions and plenary sessions, as well as in more informal sessions at meals. Keynote addresses and panel discussions also serve to initiate and enhance the interactive dialogue. Keynote speakers for the 2016 Symposium included:

  • Zhu Guangyao, Vice Minister, Ministry of Finance, People’s Republic of China
  • Robert Dohner, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Wang Yiming, Vice Minister, Development Research Center of the State Council, People’s Republic of China
  • Wang Zhongmin, Vice Chairman, National Council for Social Security Fund, People’s Republic of China
  • Zhang Zhizhou, CEO, DH Fund Management Company
  • Paul Michael Romer, Professor of Economics, Stern School of Business, New York University
  • William Kirby, Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration; T.M. Chang Professor of China Studies, Harvard University

These discussions and presentations are synthesized and presented on the final day of the Symposium in a plenary session, and then summarized and published in a final Symposium report that is distributed to participants. At the conclusion of each Symposium, participants leave with an enhanced sense of the key capital markets and financial and regulatory issues affecting market practitioners and policymakers. Lead sponsors of China-U.S. Symposia in recent years have included:

  • KPMG
  • Citigroup
  • Citadel

For more information on the Program, or to request an invitation, please contact Whitney Vasey at