British Chamber of Commerce in China

The British Chamber of Commerce in China is based in Beijing and we are a membership organisation for British business focused on boosting UK-China trade and investment. We operate as an independent, not-for-profit organisation with a strong and diverse membership. With over two decades’ worth of business experience in China, we provide intelligence, advice, and networking opportunities for our members, helping their business grow in one of the world’s fastest growing markets.

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Event Details

The US presidential election is taking place on 3 November, against the unprecedented backdrop of Covid-19. Joe Biden is polling ahead of incumbent Republican President Trump in key battleground states, but the latest polling shows that both a 'Biden landslide' or a 'narrow Trump win' are possible. Some say that, regardless of who wins, US policy towards China will be tougher, as thinking on both sides has changed.

While Trump continues to wage a trade war with China, Biden's position on China has also undergone a shift as he takes a tougher stance in US-China relations. Who will be better for China? Whose foreign policy would ameliorate the 'Cold War' between the US and China?

Join the British Chamber and AmCham China on Thursday 22nd Oct, where speakers will argue head-to-head whether Trump or Biden would improve or benefit US-China trade relations over the next five years.

Our Panel of Expert Debators

Jeremiah Jenne (Founder of Beijing by Foot)

Jeremiah Jenne

Founder of Beijing by Foot

Joerg Wuttke (Vice President and Chief Representative at BASF China)

Joerg Wuttke

Vice President and Chief Representative at BASF China

James Zimmerman (Partner at Perkins Coie LLP)

James Zimmerman

Partner at Perkins Coie LLP

Peter Zysk (Director of Brunswick Group)

Peter Zysk

Director of Brunswick Group

Sides to be picked on the day.

BritCham Quarterly Debate

The British Chamber hosts oxford university style debates (Chatham house rules) once every quarter to which it's a fun/ unique way of approaching tough topics. The concept... it's a pure debate, we have 4 debaters, 2 for the motion and 2 against. The arguments from the speaker's doesn't have to express personal or professional opinions it's all about winning the argument! Previous debate motions; 'COVID-19 will reverse globalisation', 'in the US- China trade war the UK needs to pick a side, 'Brexit will be good for trade relations with China', 'in the long term Olympics are never good for the host city'.


Event Format

  1. The moderator will begin proceedings by explaining the premise of the debate, the rules and by taking an initial vote
  2. Opening Remarks: After the initial vote, the debaters present their opening remarks one at a time (3 mins each). Representatives from each side alternate in sharing their points
  3. Intra-Panel Discussion: Following opening remarks, the debaters engage with one another directly. The discussion is guided by arguments from opening statements and questions from the moderator.
  4. Question-and-Answer Period: During this portion of the debate, audience members have the opportunity to ask the debaters questions regarding the motion.
  5. Closing Remarks: Following the question-and-answer section, the debaters deliver separate 2-minute closing arguments.
  6. A final vote is then taken. The winning team will be the one that produces the largest swing in opinion from the room.

Check out JingA's newest brewpub at the center of Beijing CBD ! Tickets include a drink and discount on food and drinks menu!



JingA Taproom
Guanghua Road 1
Beijing, China

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BritCham Member

1 drink included

Member PriceRMB 120

AmCham Members

1 drink included

Public PriceRMB 120


1 drink included

Public PriceRMB 200

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