The G-20 and the Future of Global Economic Policy

A Model-UN Style Simulation of the G-20 Summit in Germany

Organized by the Hong Kong America Center

Supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Saturday 24 June, 2017

Venue: City University (“AC-1”)

9:00 Registration

9:15 Opening and welcome remarks

Goals and Process for the Simulation, by Dr. Glenn Shive, Executive Director of HKAC

What is the G-20 and how did we get here?  Overview by Dr. Mark Michelson

Photo session

9:45 Country teams meet. Delegates prepare country presentations in the afternoon

10:45 Break

11:00 Plenary Panel: the G-20 and the Global Economy

Through transnational coordination, can the G 20 mitigate risks and grow the global economy?  Where may consensus exist among the G 20 nations for policy directions for the global economy?  Invited speakers are: Dr Justin Robertson of City U, and TBA.   Moderated by Dr. Mark Michelson, Asia CEO Forum and Vice Chair, HKAC Board

12:00 Lunch and Concurrent Meetings

Delegates are free to join any of the following informal meetings.  Two groups are regional, Europe and Asia-Pacific. One group will be of the BRICS, and a fourth group will convene around the issue of climate change and the G 20. Meanwhile, a group of HK students who recently returned from Washington DC will meet over the lunch hour to reflect on their program about the Trump presidency. A moderator in each luncheon meeting will open with general comments and invite discussion. Catered buffet lunch

1:30 Plenary Panel: G-20 and Inter-Governmental Coordination in an Age of Disruption

Can the G-20 deal with major challenges facing nations and regions in the global community?  Does the G-20 represent an emerging global political order? Or are nationalist/populist movements and mercantile economic policies undermining the G-20 and similar transnational frameworks for coordination and governance?  Speakers are: Dr Sean Starrs of City U, and Dr Roland Vogt and Dr Alejandro Reyes, both of the HK University.   Moderator: Dr. Glenn Shive

2:30 Country teams meet

3:15 Break

3:30 Country Perspectives on G-20 in 2017 and Beyond

This session will have two concurrent meetings (A and B).  Each country team should send at least one delegate to each meeting.  Each country team will be given up to five minutes in Meeting A and B to present its view on what the G-20 should do to address their concerns.

Meeting A will hear the views of the 12 of the G-20 countries about the risks and threats they perceive in the global economy, and the actions they want the G 20 to take to mitigate and manage those threats.  Moderator: Mark Michelson

Meeting B will hear the views of the 12 of the G-20 countries about the state of inter-governmental cooperation and governance given current political and social trends associated with globalization around the world. Moderator: Glenn Shive

4:30 Plenary Panel:  The Growing Role of China in International Organizations:  How does China view the G-20?  Given China’s expanding influence on many aspects of the global economy, how do Chinese authorities view their role in transnational organizations in the Asian region, and throughout the world?  Speakers: Dr Ren Xiao of Fudan University, Dr Deng Yong of the US Naval Academy, moderated by Dr Zhang Bao-hui of Lingnan University.

5:30 Closing plenary session: certificates, evaluation, and vote of thanks.

5:45 Adjourn

The First 100 Days of Trump Presidency

A Study Tour in Washington D.C. for University Students in Hong Kong

Organized by the Hong Kong America Center

Dates: June 3-17, 2017

Program Fee: HK$18,500

Deadline to Apply: April 3

Students from all Hong Kong universities are invited to join a delegation visit of two weeks to America’s capital, Washington D.C., from June 3-17, 2017. Students will review the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, a most unusual Presidency! 100 days has become a traditional benchmark by which the American media analysts and think tanks take stock of any new administration. Is the Trump Administration succeeding or failing?

Students will learn from Washington insiders and well-connected journalists how American government really works. This will be a unique opportunity for students of all disciplines and career paths to learn up-close how a new Presidency establishes itself and moves from campaigning to governing.

Students will be guided by professionals in American government who have retired from distinguished careers in the American Foreign Service. Students will stay in the George Washington University located in the middle of downtown, only blocks from the White House. Government agencies, think tanks, academics, journalists and leaders of NGOs will provide briefings. There will also be time to visit museums on the Mall and – after hours time to enjoy cultural events and the spirited night life of in America’s Capitol.

A pre-departure orientation and post-return reflection session will be organized by the HKAC. For more details about the program, please consult our website at www.hk-ac.org.hk or contact vivianchiu@eservice.cuhk.edu.hk 3943-8755. The deadline for applying to the HKAC online is April 3, 2017. Join us in Washington D.C. this summer!

Program fee does not include airfare, US visa fee and some meals. Students may qualify for subsidies by their universities. Places are limited; first come-first served.

For full program brochure and the agenda, please click here.

The Entrepreneurial Culture of San Francisco

Organized by the Hong Kong America Center

Dates: June 4-17, 2017

Program Fee: HK$18,500

Deadline to Apply: April 3


San Francisco’s Silicon Valley has fostered the innovations that built the digital economy and culture of the world. How did that happen? What are the educational, social and cultural ingredients of Silicon Valley’s success? Even as other cities try to imitate Silicon Valley, including Hong Kong, San Francisco keeps pushing its own boundaries of entrepreneurship, from giant unicorn digital industries to a new generation of garage startups. Join us to explore what makes San Francisco tick. You will visit major research universities, innovative companies and start-up incubators. You will also enjoy the rich multi-cultural life of the city that sits on “Gold Mountain.”
Having worked in Stanford and Berkeley, your leaders, Marilyn Herand and Eiko Tsukamoto, have helped many international students to understand the unique design culture of San Francisco. This program is recommended for students of engineering, business and social sciences. Bring your ideas with you and join the HK entrepreneurship lab in the greater Bay Area. Meet young people who are also working on innovative applications on the Internet of Things. Join us this summer in San Francisco! For more details about the program, please consult our website at www.hk-ac.org.hk or contact vivianchiu@eservice.cuhk.edu.hk 3943-8755. The deadline for applying to the HKAC online is April 3, 2017. Program fee does not include airfare, US visa fee and some meals. Students may qualify for subsidies by their universities. Places are limited; first come-first served.
For full program brochure and the agenda, please click here.


Hong Kong 2030+ University Students Consultation and Engagement Program

Dates: April 1 and 8, 2017

April 1 Venue: Room ET2101 – 02, 21/F, Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong
April 8 Venue: Room ET2101 – 02, 21/F, Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong

The Development Bureau and Planning Department of the HKSAR Government have published the HK 2030+ consultation document laying out a comprehensive strategy for spatial, economic and eco-development of the city over the next 15 years and beyond. We are pleased that the HKSAR Government has begun a six-month consultation process for the public to register their views about the plan. We believe such public engagement is critical to fostering a democratic culture in Hong Kong, and wish to facilitate students from the universities in HK to participate meaningfully in this process.

We are recruiting undergraduate and post-graduate students from academic programs that relate in some way to the future evolution of our city. The program would progress over two Saturdays in April, April 1 & April 8. Students will be invited to opt into working groups that relate to their major concerns and areas of academic expertise. They will develop reports reflecting their collective thinking. These reports will be edited together and submitted to the Planning Department before the close of the consultation process on April 30, 2017.

Agenda for Day 1 – Saturday April 1, 2017
9:00 Opening speech. Introduction of goals and process of exercise
9:30 Global-café exercise (3 rounds of 15 minutes each in groups of 4)
10:15 Presentation on 2030+ consultation by Planning Department representatives + Q&A
11:30 Block teams meet (1, 2 and 3). Each Block team creates small thematic working groups.
12:30 Lunch
1:15 Panel discussion on by HK academics and NGO leaders
2:15 Thematic working groups meet
3:15 Break
3:30 Reports from the thematic working groups to the respective Block teams
4:15 Thematic teams meet to plan research and outline their section of the report
5:00 Reports from the thematic groups to the whole (plenary)
5:30 Adjourn

Agenda Day 2 – Saturday April 8, 2017
9:00 Open
9:15 Teleconference presentation from US on participatory planning (TBC)
10:00 Three Block teams meet; initial summaries from thematic groups to their respective Block teams
10:45 Break
11:00 Thematic groups meet to explore ideas and find consensus
11:45 Inter-group meetings – finding intersecting ideas
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Thematic group meetings to work toward a report
3:00 Three Block teams meet to review work of the thematic groups
3:45 Break
4:00 Plenary: exploring consensus on overarching themes
5:00 Adjourn

***Note that registration requires a HK$500 deposit with the HKAC to hold your place. This deposit will be returned to the students in full upon completion of the second day of the program on April 8.***

***Please come pay your HKD500 refundable deposit in cash or mail your check to the following address.***

Hong Kong America Center
Room 503, Esther Lee Building
Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin, NT

Thanks to support of the Consulate General of the United States Hong Kong & Macau and PwC, the program is free, but places are limited.


Open Trade Asia

A Simulation of Trade Negotiations among Asia-Pacific Countries

For University Students in Hong Kong

Organized by the Hong Kong America Center (HKAC)

Saturday March 18 and Saturday March 25, 2017

Venue: The Asia Society, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

Supported by the Hinrich Foundation


Open Trade has been critical to Asia’s economic growth and closer integration in recent decades.  New trade relations in Asia and around the world are in the offing.  The people who know how to advocate and negotiate on trade are becoming ever more in demand by governments, corporations, universities, think tanks and public interest groups.  Trade in Asia is a field with a future!

We invite students from the universities in Hong Kong to sign up for a unique training opportunity that will sharpen their negotiation skills and yield insights about the hidden dynamics of trade relations.   Thanks to a generous grant from the Hinrich Foundation (www.hinrichsfoundation.org), this simulation experience in the model-UN style is free for the first 50 students who register.  See the full program brochure below, including link to registration.

The venue will be in the beautifully renovated halls of the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre tucked away behind Admiralty.  Delegates must commit to two full Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm: on March 18 and a week later on March 25.  The six country teams in the simulation will be: China, Japan, USA, India, Vietnam and the Philippines.  Delegates will negotiate new agreements in trade in goods and services (TGS), and in intellectual property rights (IP). We’ll have great speakers and facilitators.   By joining this negotiation you will learn how this semi-secretive world of trade negotiations actually works.  Join us and get the best deal you can for your country team! You’ll learn a lot, meet other people interested in international trade in Asia, and get a certificate that will help your global job search in the future.

For inquiries, please contact paulinelau@cuhk.edu.hk or tel: 3943-8748.  Or: www.hk-ac.org.hk

For full program brochure and the agenda, please click here.


Teach By Design

25 Feb 2017 – 10am to 2pm



The Swing States: America’s 2016 Election



The HKAC will conduct a program for university students from across HK about the election campaign in America, with special concentration on the “swing states” where the presidential vote will be decided.  The election creates a unique learning moment where Hong Kong students, coming together across the campuses, can understand the different regional cultures of the battleground states, and why they think and vote as they do.

The program will occur in two events.  The first will be held at the Lam Woo conference center of the HK Baptist University, in association with its Government and International Studies (GIS) Department.  Saturday, October 29 is about ten days before the actual election in the US on November 8.  We expect about 80 students to participate in up to fourteen teams, each for a swing state.

The second program will be on Election Day itself, which is November 9 in the morning HK time.  Participants in the October 29 program are welcome to attend a live reporting of the news coverage in a venue in Central (TBC). The students will compare the actual voting results on reported by the media that day with their predictions for their swing states.

The program will be designed as a model UN-style simulation.  Students will join teams, one for each swing states, whose votes in the Electoral College will make the difference in the national poll.  Each state team will have six students, half Republicans and half Democrats.  Together they will study and discuss the opinion polls and other data on the major issues and the anticipated voting behavior for their state.  They will focus on the contests for President, the Congress, and the Governor of the state, if they are up for election in 2016.

A major goal of this exercise is to learn deeply about polling data, public opinion surveys and the social science research methods that lie behind them.  As an exercise, each state team has to come to agreement on a projection of who will win the offices in play, and by what percentages.  The goal is to get as close as possible to the actual voting total reported on election day.

The major online resources on state and national polls in the 2016 election recommended to students to track the election campaigns are:



www.538.com (Nate Silver)


The morning of Saturday the 29th will start with presentations by experts on the American election process and the cultural geography of the swing states.  We will have presentations on the rhetoric of the presidential campaigns and an analysis of the polls used in the public opinion surveys in US and in HK.  See draft program rundown for specifics.

The state teams will meet separately and begin their discussions on which candidates have the best chances of winning, and by how much, of the vote for the major offices in play.  How are the major issues in the campaign (e.g. immigration, gun regulation, trade agreements, federal budget and economic policy, policing and law & order, foreign policy, especially on trade and relations toward East Asia, etc.) playing out in each swing state?  What are the demographic strengths and weaknesses of the candidates campaigning in the swing states?  What strategies are the candidates taking in these “battleground” states?

After lunch, the Republicans and the Democrats from the swing states will meet in caucus in two separate rooms to discuss their sense of the chances for their candidates to win their contests.  Someone playing the Republican and Democratic national committees will convene the caucus.  After status reports from the states, they will discuss what strategies they should use in the remaining ten days of the campaign to increase the vote for their candidates on the top (for President) and “down the ballot” in other contests.

For example, they should decide together what balance of resources they might use in TV ads, social media initiatives, get-out-the-vote campaigns (the so called “ground-game”), live debates among candidates, and the uses of “surrogates” and celebrities to campaign for their candidates.  How negative or positive should their tone be?  What should their candidates do in the final week to influence the outcome?

After the party caucuses, and a viewing of the major moments in the presidential debates, the state teams will re-assemble and work out their consensual projections about the expected vote for each candidate in the race.  The goal is to get one’s projection as close as possible to the actual result.  This shows in quantitative terms their understanding of the dynamics of voting behavior of Americans in these swing states. Each state will have five minutes to report their analysis and predictions for their state.

On Wednesday November 9, the students will be invited to view the live returns from the media in the USA.  The venue is TBA.  We will review the reported voting results and compare them with our projections.  Rewards will go to the teams whose projections get the closest to the actual vote.

For more information, please contact: paulinelau@cuhk.edu.hk.


1stEventDate: Saturday, October 29, 2016Time: 9:00am – 5:00pmVenue: HKBU- Dr. Wu Yee Sun Lecture Theatre (WLB109)Cost:  NO COST to all students 2ndEventDate: Wednesday, November 9, 2016Time: 9:00am – 11:00amVenue: To be confirmedCost: NO COST to all students (Optional)


NOTE: A REFUNDABLE deposit of HK$500 is needed to guarantee your commitment to the program from students who are successfully selected.

Program Schedule for Saturday, October 29, 2016
8:30am Registration
9:00am Welcome by Prof Jean Pierre Cabestan of HKBUGoals and Process for the Simulation by Glenn Shive HKAC
9:10am Why Swing States: Public Opinion and the Politics of the Electoral College by Mark Sheldon
9:30am A Rhetorical Analysis of the Clinton-Trump Campaigns by Dr. Herbert W. Simons
10:00am Break
10:15am Swing state delegations meet in teams (1)
11:30am Research on Public Opinion and Voter Behavior: the Art of Predicting Elections in US and in HK, by Prof Ronald T.Y. Chung, HKU
12:00nn Issues for the Republican Party in 2016 by Mark Michelson
12:15pm Issues for the Democratic Party in 2016 by Democrats Abroad TBA
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Democrat (DNC) and Republican (RNC) caucuses meet
2:30pm Analysis (with video excerpts) of the Clinton – Trump Debates, by Herbert W Simons
3:00pm Break
3:15pm Swing state teams meet (2) to decide on projections of voting for candidates in their states
4:00pm Plenary to report out the swing state projections by teams (5 min each)
5:15pm Reflections on the process and guidance for tracking last 10 days of the campaign
5:30pm Close

For inquiries, please contact Ms. Pauline Lau at paulinelau@cuhk.edu.hk.

What Happened at the G-20 Summit?

A Model UN Style Symposium





Date: Saturday September 24, 2016 (9am – 5pm)

Venue: Centennial Campus, HKU

**This event is designed for university students and young working professionals in Hong Kong, free of charge.  If you are interested in the global economy and the evolving political order, come and share your ideas in this lively simulation format.**


8:30 Registration
9:00 Opening Venue: Social Sciences ChamberModerator: Dr. Glenn Shive

  • Welcome by Prof. John Kao, Vice President of HKU
  • Welcome by Mr. Bernard Auyang, Chairman of HKAC Board
  • Goals and Process for the Symposium, by Dr. Glenn Shive, HKAC
  • What is the G-20 and how did we get here?  Overview by Dr. Mark Michelson, Vice Chairman of HKAC Board
  • Significance for China in hosting the G-20, by Prof. Richard Hu, HKU

Photo session

10:00 G-20 country teams meetVenue: Breakout rooms on 11/F (see room assignment)Delegates meet in country teams to prepare their presentations (A and B) at 14:45
10:45 Plenary Panel I: the G-20 and the Global Economy
Venue: Social Sciences ChamberDid the G-20 in China do what was needed to stabilize, mitigate risks, and generally grow the global economy?Moderator: Prof. Richard Hu (invited)

  • Prof. Douglas W. Arner, Faculty of Law, HKU
  • Mr. Steve Schwartz, Senior Vice President, Moody’s Investors Services
12:00 Lunch with concurrent “regional” meetings: Europe, Asia-Pacific, the BRICS and MISTA
Delegates are free to join any of the four informal “regional” meetings.  A moderator in each of the luncheon meetings will open with general comments and invite discussion.  What relevance has the G-20 been (or could be) for the economic and political challenges facing this region or groups of states?  What is the future for inter-governmental coordination on economic policy and related concerns for this region or group of states?

  • Europe (Room 1103): Moderated by Dr. Roland Vogt (Invited)
  • Asia-Pacific (Function Room): Moderated by Dr. Mark Michelson
  • BRICS (Room 1104): Moderated by Prof. Alejandro T. Reyes
  • MISTA (Room 1110): Moderated by Dr. Glenn Shive
13:30 Plenary Panel II: G-20 and the future of inter-governmental coordination in dealing with major challenges facing the global community
Venue: Social Sciences ChamberIs the G20 creating a new global political order?Moderator: Dr. Mark Michelson

  • Prof. Alejandro T. Reyes,  The Department of Politics and Public Administration, HKU
  • Prof. Zhang Baohui, Director of Centre for Asian Pacific Studies, Lingnan University
  • Dr. Roland Vogt, The School of Modern Languages and Cultures, HKU
14:45            Country Perspectives on G-20 in 2016 and Beyond
This session will have two concurrent meetings (A and B).  Each country team should send at least one delegate to each meeting.Meeting Awill focus on the global economy and the role of the G-20.Venue: Social Sciences Chamber
Moderator: Dr. Glenn ShiveMeeting Bwill address the inter-governmental cooperation in the evolving global political order.Venue: Function RoomModerator: Dr. Roland Vogt/ Dr. Mark MichelsonEach country team will be given three (3) minutes, strictly timed, to present its view on how well the G-20 has served their interests, and what the G-20 and its working groups should do in the future.
15:45 Break
16:00 Plenary Panel III:  G-2 in the G-20: Taking Stock of the Sino-American Relationship in Global Context
Venue: Social Sciences ChamberWhat is the state of the US-China relationship within the G-20?  What has the G-20 meeting in China indicated about the state of Sino-American relations in the emerging global order?Moderator: Dr. Glenn Shive

  • Prof. Zhang Baohui, Director of Centre for Asian Pacific Studies, Lingnan University
  • TBA
17:00 Certificates Presentation and Close