Congressional Study Group Discussion

U.S.-Asia Economic and Trade Relations

In November of 2022, The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) held its inaugural Pacific Rim Congressional Study Group Dinner for senior congressional staff. One scholar from NBR’s network and one former policy practitioner discussed the changing global and regional economic and trade landscape.

Experts and congressional staff exchanged ideas and perspectives on challenges posed by China to U.S. technological competitiveness and economic security; the risks and costs of U.S.-China economic decoupling, recent Biden administration measures against China’s high-tech industries, including the CHIPS Act and sweeping export restrictions targeting Chinese semiconductor manufacturing; U.S. multilateral trade policy towards the Asia-Pacific; and opportunities for the U.S. Congress to counter the Chinese government’s predatorial economic strategy while managing bilateral tensions and global economic stability.



Caroline Atkinson, Former Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economics to President Obama

Robert Sutter, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University

Roy Kamphausen, President, The National Bureau of Asian Research


Josh Nezam, Director of Congressional Affairs, The National Bureau of Asian Research