December China Seminar

CHINA SEMINAR
Thursday, 13 December, 2018, 12 noon
at
Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

Topic:
Hong Kong v Singapore: The Battle to Become Asia’s Regional Hub for Commercial Dispute Resolution and Restructuring

by

Charles D. Booth

For many years, Hong Kong has viewed itself as the best place in Asia for resolving commercial disputes and restructuring companies. However, the Hong Kong government has been slow to update its outdated legal framework and getting necessary reforms through the Hong Kong Legislative Council is proving increasingly difficult.  Meanwhile, the Singapore government is keenly focused on making Singapore the regional hub for commercial dispute resolution and restructuring. In 2015, Singapore launched the Singapore International Commercial Court and appointed a Committee to Strengthen Singapore as an International Centre for Debt Restructuring. Since then, Singapore has enacted a major series of reforms to its insolvency and restructuring framework and has launched a full-fledged publicity campaign promoting such changes. Hong Kong now finds itself in catch-up mode. Prof. Booth will share his views on the subject.

Professor Booth is the Michael J. Marks Distinguished Professor in Business Law and the Director of the Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law at the UH Law School. He taught at the Law School from 1986-89 and in the Faculty of Law at the Univ. of Hong Kong from 1989 to 2005, before returning to the UH Law School in January 2006. He has co-authored A Global View of Business Insolvency Systems (2010), the Hong Kong Corporate Insolvency Manual (4th ed, 2018), and the Hong Kong Personal Insolvency Manual (2nd ed, 2010). He is a recognized expert in Asian comparative and cross-border insolvency and commercial law and has served as a consultant on many projects sponsored by the World Bank, the IMF, and the Asian Development Bank. He is currently engaged in insolvency law reform projects in Laos and Bhutan and in a project organized by the International Insolvency Institute and the Asian Business Law Institute.

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November China Seminar

CHINA SEMINAR
Thursday, 8 November, 2018, 12 noon
at
Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

Topic:
China and U.S. Relations in Trouble?:
Comments on Issues, Dangers, Prospects, and Possibilities

by

James Kelly

When China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi – in a recent public meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – demands that U.S. officials stop “wrong actions and words”– attention must be paid. That same week, Vice President Mike Pence in a formal policy speech, indicted China for a vast series of misdeeds, including interference in American domestic matters. Observers around the world are concerned despite a seeming cordial working relationship between Presidents Xi and Trump. Even so, there are doubts as to whether a long expected meeting of the two leaders will occur in November. The situation is clearly serious and the future uncertain. But Mr. Kelly will attempt to brief the various issues and to suggest possible paths that may be taken. Despite language that some see as threatening a new Cold War, there are alternate paths. But the Sino-U.S. relationship, never easy, has become even more complex and challenging to both sides.

As a frequent speaker and writer about economic and political issues of East Asia and the Pacific, James Kelly has been a think tank head and businessman. Before retiring, he was the Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs) from 2001-2005, under President Reagan (1983-1989) as Special Assistant for East Asia (NSC Staff), and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. Mr. Kelly was past President (1994-2001) of the Pacific Forum, CSIS, and is the current President of EAP Associates, LLC and a Trustee of The Asia Foundation. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, National War College and Harvard Business School (MBA), and retired in 1982 as a Captain in the U.S. Navy. He is now on the Advisory Board of Marvin & Palmer, Inc. an equity management firm and lives in Honolulu with his wife, Sue.

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FEWC Annual Meeting 2018

Photo 30 VARSITY HIFF _Jeannette Paulson Hereniko

BUILDING BRIDGES: The EWC and the HIFF
featuring
Jeanette Paulson Hereniko

In 1981, the East-West Center launched the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF). Learn how the Center helped with the inception of a program that introduced American audiences to Asia Pacific cinema, filmmakers, and scholars.

Jeannette Paulson Hereniko has over 40 years of experience in the Asia Pacific film industry as a film festival director, distributer and film producer. She started the Hawaii International Film Festival while working at the East West Center (1980 to 1990) and served as HIFF’s Founding Director from 1981 to 1996.
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A brief business meeting will precede the program in order to elect new members of the FEWC Board of Directors for 2018-2019.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Halekulani Hotel
11:15 a.m. – Registration
11:45 – Annual Meeting
12:00 p.m. – Lunch & Program

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