SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

End of the 90-day Truce: What Next in U.S.-China Trade War?

Sharon Yuan (Managing Partner and General Counsel, The Asia Group, Washington DC)

Date: 21 February 2019Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 21 February 2019Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: SG36

Type of Event: Round Table

Note: Internal event not open to external attendees.


As the United States and China near the end of the 90-day truce agreed to by U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20, significant questions remain on whether the two sides will reach a deal and what will be the path forward for U.S.-China relations after March 1. During her presentation, Ms. Yuan will unpack not only the dynamics at play in the ongoing negotiations, but also where the bilateral relationship is headed, what to expect in the days leading up to and after the March 1 deadline, and how these factors will impact companies looking to do business in China. Notwithstanding the recent optimism surrounding the trajectory of the negotiations and ultimate outcome, Ms. Yuan will discuss how the United States and China are likely to continue to face significant bilateral tensions and significant volatility in the near term.


Sharon H. Yuan is the Managing Partner and General Counsel at The Asia Group, where she brings almost 20 years of experience as a senior policymaker and private sector attorney on China- and international trade and investment- related issues in advising large multinational companies on market strategies.

Ms. Yuan serves as one of the four U.S. members appointed by President Barack Obama to the roster of arbitrators for the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. She received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Yuan is conversant in Mandarin Chinese.

Prior to joining The Asia Group, Ms. Yuan served in the U.S. Department of the Treasury as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade and Investment Policy from 2009 to 2015, and concurrently as the Executive Secretary and Senior Coordinator for China Affairs and the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (from 2012 to 2015). Ms. Yuan was awarded The Treasury Medal. She also served on the staff of the National Economic Council in the White House from 1998 to

2000, where she focused on international economic matters, including China’s accession to the World Trade Organization. Ms. Yuan was previously an attorney in the International Trade & Dispute Resolution group at Sidley Austin LLP, in Washington, D.C (2003-09).

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