The Future of Decoupling with China: Myths and Realities

The Future of Decoupling with China: Myths and Realities

Friday, March 3, 2023
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

G101, Graduate School of Business
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  • Dan Brody,
  • Frits Van Paasschen,
  • Stuart Schonberger
The Future of Decoupling With China

The second installment in a special event series on the occasion of Shorenstein APARC's 40th Anniversary, "Asia in 2030, APARC@40"

Hosted by APARC's China Program

U.S. politicians and policymakers, news media, and the global business community have often spoken about “decoupling” with China in recent years. But what does it look like on the ground?  How have development strategies changed, if at all, across different sectors that have been investing in or sourcing from China?  And how much of it is driven by political considerations and simple business decisions?

Join the China Program at APARC’s 40th Anniversary for this special session separating facts from fiction, myths from reality, and information from disinformation. We bring a cross-section panel of industries from tech, retail, and finance currently engaged in reshaping their China businesses to reflect the reality as they see it. 


Dan Brody is the Managing Director of Tencent Investments, responsible for overseas investments. He previously served as Vice President for Tencent’s Interactive Entertainment Group where he was involved in working on licensing games for China and making investments in Western gaming companies. Previously, Dan served a variety of executive management roles with Spotify, Tudou, Google, Motorola, USITO, and several startups. Dan has lived in China since graduating from Georgetown University in 1996, and as a former Mandarin translator.

Frits Van Paasschen is a change management expert, bestselling author (The Disruptors Feast), board member of J. Crew & Williams Sonoma, Former CEO of Coors Brewing Company and Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and former President of Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Nike.

Stuart Schonberger is a founding partner of CDH Investments. Established in 2002, CDH Investments is one of the leading alternative investment fund managers focused on China today, with over US$26.6 billion of assets under management. CDH has invested in more than 300 companies and has helped more than 90 companies successfully list on international and China’s domestic stock exchanges. From 1998 until co-founding CDH, Schonberger was a Vice President of CICC’s private equity group. Before that, he was the founding partner in two joint ventures and provided advisory services to a number of foreign companies regarding their operations in China.