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Asian Businesses Association to Host U.S.-China Trade Workshop

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The Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses will host a workshop on the U.S.-China trade dispute and its effect on the Arkansas economy from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Arkansas State Library in Little Rock.

The event will begin with an overview of the U.S.-China trade war. Anna Tucker Ashton will be the speaker. 

Ashton is the senior director of government affairs at the U.S.-China Business Council. Over the past decade, she has worked in various foreign policy- and trade-related positions, focusing on China. From 2007 to 2008, Aston was the global project manager for Asia at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

“I expect Anna will be able to share from a broad view on the trade issue,” AAAB President Yang Luo-Branch said in a news release. “Seeing Anna on national news as a U.S.-China Trade commentator, such as on Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox News and so on, it is an honor for us to have a discussion with her face-to-face right here in Little Rock.”

“U.S.-China commercial ties have delivered enormous benefits for American companies and the U.S. economy, especially in the last 20 years,” Ashton said. “Our economies are more interconnected than ever. We need to be talking about the long-term implications of the current trade war, and what that could mean at the local level.”

Following the first session, the workshop will explore how the dispute is affecting different sectors of the state’s economy, including agriculture, the solar industry, retail and consumer goods, and finance and investment. 

Another session will be dedicated to a technical discussion on tariff exclusions and exemptions. The workshop will conclude with a panel discussion, exploring future business opportunities for Arkansas and China. 

“The days of ‘doing business globally is only for the big multinational companies’ is long gone,” Luo-Branch said. “Many entrepreneurs need to think globally at every stage of their business growth. U.S.-China relations have been a major force in the global economy, and the AAAB wants to custom design programs for our Arkansas-Asia business community that represent a win-win for both sides.”

The event program can be viewed here. Tickets can be purchased on the AAAB website

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