Voting Your Pocketbook

  Voting Your Pocketbook: Economics, Trade, and Business Implications for US Presidential Elections
Thursday, July 16th, 2020
8pm-9:30pm Beijing Time

“Voting your pocketbook” is an American truism. However, given the unusual circumstances of 2020 with the Coronavirus pandemic causing the deepest dive in the global economy for a century, the outcome of the upcoming presidential election remains uncertain. Moreover, this is a collective disaster, as no country is exempt. The US GDP has declined as unemployment hit its highest rate since the Great Depression, and many businesses, shut down to slow the Coronavirus spread, are expected to declare bankruptcy. From Wall Street to Main Street, economists, business owners, and everyday Americans alike are unsure of what the future holds. What does this time of great economic uncertainty mean for the 2020 US presidential election?


China, for one, will be front and center in this election. The more the US economy weakens and upends Trump’s re-election odds, the more the finger pointing at China will increase. Trump has made his tough-on-China trade policy a centerpiece of his campaign and mounted “Beijing Biden” attack ads. Joe Biden has responded in kind, trying to out-hawk Trump on China. Biden attack ads slam Trump for failing to hold China accountable for the Coronavirus outbreak.  


USCET’s second Live From Washington election series, co-sponsored by AmCham China, Voting Your Pocketbook: Economics, Trade, and Business Implications for US Presidential Elections, will engage experts to assess the effect of pocketbook voting on US elections and explore what the state of the US economy, trade and business will mean for the 2020 presidential election. Alan Beebe, President of AmCham China, will moderate the discussion and Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, President of USCET, will make the introductory remarks.

Speaker Biographies

Amy Celico

Principal, Albright Stonebridge Group

Amy Celico is a Principal of Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG) and leads the firm’s China team. Ms. Celico draws on over 20 years of experience, having served at the Office of the US Trade Representative, US Department of Commerce, US Department of State, and Johns Hopkins SAIS Nanjing Center prior to joining the firm. Ms. Celico serves on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on US-China Relations and is a Senior Associate (non-resident) to the Simon Chair in Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Link to full biography here.


Bob Davis

Senior Editor, Wall Street Journal

Bob Davis is a senior editor who covers economic issues, especially those that will play out in the presidential campaign. He also continues to write about China for The Wall Street Journal, where he was posted from 2011 to 2014, and recently co-authored Superpower Showdown: How the Battle Between Trump and Xi Threatens a New Cold War. In China he did his best to get out of Beijing and see China beyond the luxury stores and report on the changes that were remaking the country and global economy.

Link to Full Biography here.


William Reinsch

Scholl Chair in International Business, CSIS

William Reinsch holds the Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and is a senior adviser at Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP. Previously, he served for 15 years as president of the National Foreign Trade Council, where he led efforts in favor of open markets, in support of the Export-Import Bank and Overseas Private Investment Corporation, against unilateral sanctions, among many issues. From 2001 to 2016, he concurrently served as a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

Link to full biography here.


Alan Beebe

President, AmCham China

Alan Beebe is President of the American Chamber of Commerce in China based in Beijing. He has more than 25 years of industry and management consulting experience in Asia. Mr. Beebe joined AmCham China from EY China, where he was Executive Director leading the company’s Cleantech and Supply Chain Management practices. As President of AmCham China, Mr. Beebe oversees all advocacy, programs, partnerships and insights provided by the Chamber to support the business growth of nearly 900 foreign corporations operating in China

Link to full biography here.



This event was co-organized in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce in China. Learn more about AmCham China by visiting their website, here.