Chinese investment in California: Trends, players, worries

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (ASC), 207

Chinese direct investment in the U.S. reached a record $45 billion in 2016. Over a third of that came to California. The pace and scale of investment dropped in 2017. California still saw nearly $5 billion in new investment. The Rhodium Group has been a leader in documenting and analyzing these trends. Founding partner Daniel Rosen has spoken at the USC U.S.-China Institute a couple of times, including in 2013. On Thursday, Feb. 8, we are delighted to welcome Rhodium senior analyst Cassie Gao to speak. She has written extensively on Chinese investment in the U.S. and is especially focused on California. She will discuss the most prominent sectors for Chinese investors and the investors who are making the biggest impact in California. 

Cassie Gao

Cassie Gao is a senior analyst at RHG focusing on China’s international trade and investment flows. Cassie works extensively on Chinese investment into the United States, as well as broader Chinese macroeconomic reform dynamics. Previously, Cassie worked with the Albright Stonebridge Group’s China Practice covering healthcare reform and agriculture policy. She has a Bachelor’s in Economics from Cornell University and a Master’s in International Affairs from George Washington University.

Rhodium Group (RHG) combines policy experience, quantitative economic tools and on-the-ground research to analyze disruptive global trends. Our work supports the investment management, strategic planning and policy analysis needs of clients in the financial, corporate, non-profit and government sectors. RHG has offices in New York, California and Hong Kong, and associates in Washington and New Delhi.