The China Business Studies Initiative at USF School of Management to Host “Trumping Tariffs: Will Blockchain Technology Revolutionize Global Trade?” 贸易关税战:区块链技术能否彻底改变全球贸易体系?

April 23 Spring Forum to discuss a potential U.S.-China trade war 

SAN FRANCISCO (April 17, 2018) -- The China Business Studies Initiative (CBSI) at the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Management will present in collaboration a spring forum on April 23 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at USF Fromm Hall; “Trumping Tariffs: Will Blockchain Technology Revolutionize Global Trade?” The event will explore the potential of an oncoming U.S.-China trade war, as well as the impact of Blockchain technologies and how companies can shape their strategies to navigate through the changes in the global economic landscape. 

Trade has been historically shaped by policies and politics with significant shifts happening with new technology introduction, such as Blockchain, positioned to rapidly change traditional manual trade processes and open trade networks. 

“Rapid changes in technology and increasing dynamics and risks in the global geopolitical environment unfolding recently bring tremendous uncertainties to businesses,” states Professor Xiaohua Yang, director of China Business Studies Initiative, who is the driving force behind this event. “The thrust of this special CBSI forum is to bring experts in the field to address many questions we have as investors, entrepreneurs and average citizens who care about world prosperity and peace in face of the dangers of trade wars. At this forum, we will also hear the voices of young and bright CBSI student ambassadors who will be tomorrow’s business leaders of the world.” 

The following issues will be addressed at the forum: Who are the winners and losers of a potential U.S.-China trade war? What is the impact of imposed trade tariffs (or IP trade war) on Silicon Valley tech firms and startups? What will happen to the current and future Chinese investors in technologies? What are some of the unintended consequences for both countries and the world if a trade war between U.S. and China materializes? In addition to our invited distinguished speakers, CBSI Student Ambassador Program members will present a panel discussion on Chinese multinational enterprises as well. 

Confirmed forum speakers include:

  • Ambassador Luo Linquan, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco
  • Dr. Sean Randolph, Senior Director of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute 
  • Professor Marshall Meyer, Tsai Wan-Tsai Professor of Management and Sociology Emeritus, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania 
  • Scott Robinson, Founder and VP, Plug and Play 
  • Kenneth J. Petrilla, Managing Director, ChinaVest 
  • Dr. Yufu Cheng, China Country Director, R20: Regions of Climate Actions 
  • Raju Datla, Founder and CEO, Cloudfabrix 
  • Kishan Bulusu, Founder and CEO, Trealth, Inc. and COO, Cloudfabrix 
  • Rebecca Fannin, Founder/Editor/Author, Silicon Dragon 
  • Jim Mao, Partner, WestSummit Capital 
  • Dr. Divyesh Jadav, Manager, Cloud, IoT & Systems Lifecycle Analytics, IBM Research 
  • Dr. Donald J. Lewis, Adjunct Professor, USF

The event is open to the public. RSVP »

For inquiries, please email Professor Xiaohua Yang, director of China Business Studies Initiative at

Journalists interested in covering the forum should contact Kellie Samson at (415) 422-2697 or

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About the China Business Studies Initiative

The China Business Studies Initiative promotes research and development focused on China and the globalization of China business. The University of San Francisco’s China Business Studies Initiative provides a platform for collaboration with the influential China business community in San Francisco. The Initiative bridges China business leaders, public policy makers, and academics to the larger San Francisco community through high impact research, resources, and development programs. For more information, visit