Wed Sept 18, 2017 | San Francisco: David Rank on U.S.-China Relations:  Climate Change, North Korea and Silicon Valley Advice
Join David H. Rank, former acting Ambassador to China and Charge d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy – Beijing
In Conversation with Teresa Kong, Portfolio Manager,  Matthews Asia
   Purchase by Thursday, Sept 14.  |   Tickets:  $15 – 30.  After Sept 14, $40 pp  |  No tickets sold at door.
Join the 1990 Institute and Committee of 100 for a fireside dialogue on the future of U.S.- China relations on three key fronts – climate change, North Korea,  and China’s business environment for Silicon Valley firms. Hear about the implications of American disengagement on U.S. interests and advice on doing business in China from David H. Rank, the recent Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and acting Ambassador to China.  A 27-year veteran of the Foreign Service, David resigned in June 2017 after the Trump administration’s decision to exit the Paris Agreement to fight climate change.  He has worked under five U.S. Ambassadors to China and five Presidents during his six tours in greater China since 1990 – three in Beijing, two at the American Institute in Taiwan and one at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai.  He will share his reflections on the challenges, excitement, crises and achievements during these Ambassadors’ tenures and China’s rapid globalization. Moderator Teresa Kong is Portfolio Manager at Matthews International Capital Management, where she leads the firm’s fixed income team and strategies for two funds, Asia Strategic Income and Asia Credit Opportunities. She is a frequent finance speaker and commentator, most recently with Bloomberg, the Financial Times, and CNN.  Her China experience includes researching and investing in the credit, currency, and interest rates of Chinese government and corporates.  For the 1990 Institute, she recently moderated the CHINA NOW & the FUTURE event featuring Asian economic development expert Joe Studwell of the Economist and author of Asian Godfathers and How Asia Work.
See full bios below.
Monday, September 18, 2017 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm . PROGRAM: 5:15 pm   Networking Reception & Registration 6:00 pm   Evening Program with Q&A Purchase online by Thursday,  Sept 14
  • Advance tickets only.
  • Tickets will NOT be sold at the door, due to security policies
LOCATION: UC Hastings College of The Law Alumni Reception Center  (2nd Floor) Mary Kane Hall Building 200 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA  | Click for map
  • $ 15  |  Students & Educators
  • $ 25  |  1990 Institute & C100 members
  • $ 30  |  General Public
  • $ 40  |  Tickets purchased Sept 15 to Sept 18 noon
For sponsorship inquiries, group tickets of 10 or more, or interest in joining our intimate post-talk dinner with David Rank on Monday, Sept 18,  email us at
The 1990 Institute is a San Francisco-based, non-political, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to broaden the understanding and trust between the people of the United States and China through education, philanthropy and collaboration. From our CHINA NOW & THE FUTURE speaker series and national Youth Voices on China video contest to our CHINA NOW | For Teachers modern China curriculum inclusion initiative, we strive to foster a more China-savvy generation of Americans and encourage more balanced viewpoints on U.S.-China relations.   Learn more about our programs for students, teachers and the general public at
  The Committee of 100 is an international, non-partisan leadership organization of prominent Chinese Americans in business, government, academia, and the arts. For over 25 years, the Committee has been committed to a dual mission of promoting the full participation of Chinese Americans in all fields of American life, and encouraging constructive relations between the peoples of the United States and Greater China.
Founded in 1878, the University of California, Hastings College of the Law was California’s first law school and has been at the center of the legal community in the West for more than 120 years. The UC Hastings East Asian Legal Studies Program is a hub for research and professional exchange on East Asian legal systems.  The program combines in-depth academic training with relevant professional work experience to prepare students for exciting legal careers in this highly dynamic and increasingly influential region.
MA1912_Logo_red_gold_2 Matthews Asia is an independent, privately owned firm and the largest dedicated Asia investment specialist in the United States. With US$31.1 billion in assets under management as of July 31, 2017, the firm employs a bottom-up, fundamental investment philosophy, with a focus on long-term investment performance.
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Speaker:    Moderator:
David H. Rank was most recently the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and following the 2016 presidential election, served as the Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires when Ambassador Max Baucus departed his post.   This past June, Dave resigned from his position and retired from his 27 years as a State Department Foreign Service Officer, due to the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement to fight climate change – making him the first career Foreign Service officer to resign over a policy disagreement. Since 1985, Dave has worked under four U.S. Ambassadors to China and four Presidents, including President Donald Trump:
  • Jim Sasser  (1996-99, under President Bill Clinton)
  • Joseph Prueher (1999-2001, under President Bill Clinton)
  • Clark T. Randt, Jr. (2001-09, under President George W. Bush)
  • Max Baucus (2014-17, under President Barack Obama)
In addition to six Foreign Service assignments in greater China (three in Beijing, two at the American Institute in Taiwan and one at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai), Dave served at the U.S. embassies in Kabul, Athens, and Port Louis (Mauritius). His domestic assignments included jobs as Director of the State’s Office of Afghanistan Affairs, Senior Advisor to the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and Korea desk officer.  From 2012-13, he was a Dean and Virginia Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. In 2015 he received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award for his role in the release of the only American service member held by the enemy in Afghanistan. He is also the recipient of the American Foreign Service Association’s Sinclaire Award for the study of languages and their related cultures. Dave speaks Mandarin Chinese, French, Dari and Greek.
  TKong3880804Teresa Kong is Portfolio Manager at Matthews International Capital Management, where She leads the firm’s fixed income team and manages the Asia Strategic Income and Asia Credit Opportunities funds. Prior to joining Matthews Asia in 2010, she was Head of Emerging Market Investments at Barclays Global Investors, now known as BlackRock, where she focused on investing in Emerging Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America. She developed and managed strategies spanning absolute return, active long-only and exchange-traded funds. In addition to founding the Fixed Income Emerging Markets Group at BlackRock, she was also Senior Portfolio Manager and Credit Strategist on the Fixed Income credit team. Previously, Teresa was a Senior Securities Analyst in the High Yield Group with Oppenheimer Funds, and began her career with JP Morgan Securities Inc., where she worked in the Structured Products Group and Latin America Capital Markets Group. Teresa is a Board Director of the 1990 Institute and is a frequent finance speaker and commentator, most recently with Bloomberg, the Financial Times, and CNN. She received both a B.A. in Economics and Political Science and an M.A. in International Development Policies from Stanford University. She speaks Cantonese fluently and is conversational in Mandarin. Teresa has been a Portfolio Manager of the Asia Strategic Income Fund since its inceptions in 2011 and of the Asia Credit Opportunities Fund since its inception in 2016.  During the Asia financial crisis, she helped Asian borrowers access capital markets through dual-currency notes and conducted the Brady debt exchange for The Philippines. Her experience in China includes researching and investing in the credit, currency, and interest rates of Chinese government and corporations. Her deep research interest in China began at Stanford after receiving a grant to study abroad in China and Hong Kong.