Economic Impacts of the US-China Trade Conflict on Developing Asia and the US

Bart Édes, Asian Development Bank Representative for North America

2:00pm - 3:30pm | 2nd Floor Forum, Perelman Building, 133 S. 36th St.

The 2018 trade conflict between the United States and the People’s Republic of China has affected not only bilateral trade, but also disrupted supply chains and production networks globally. Foreign investors and exporters on different continents have scrambled to factor the conflict into their business plans. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has examined the economic impact of the tariffs applied to date, and considered the potential impact of further trade actions that have been threatened. The presentation will discuss the economic impacts of the conflict on Asia and the United States. Additionally, it will highlight key development challenges, the role of ADB, and the changing landscape for development in the world's most populous region. 

Bart W. Édes has served as the ADB Representative in North America since October 2, 2017. In this capacity, he mobilizes financing for ADB’s developing member countries; shares development knowledge and experience; establishes and deepens partnerships with public, private and nonprofit organizations in North America; and raises public awareness of ADB in Canada and the United States. His earlier ADB experience includes leading teams responsible for knowledge management, social development, gender equity, the social sectors, civil society engagement, ICT for Development, inclusive business, governance, and public sector management. He guided the formulation of ADB’s Public Communications Policy, which set a new global benchmark for transparency and information sharing among the international financial institutions. Mr. Édes has also served as Alternate Chairperson of ADB’s Appeals Committee, and Member of the ADB Integrity Oversight Committee.

Sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Center for the Study of Contemporary China