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With China's top trade emissary expected back in Washington next Wednesday for final talks in the U.S.-China trade deal, the contours of the agreement continue to be ambiguous despite reported progress over the past six weeks and with the final timeline for a deal up in the air. 

Confused about where this is headed?

Good news. We will be speaking again with one of the smartest guys in the room—one of the country's top China scholars—Derek Scissors from the American Enterprise Institute. 

Join us as Mr. Scissors discusses his latest views on the U.S.-China trade negotiations, where the talks stand and what may lie ahead.  

Join us on May 9th at 11am

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About Derek Scissors:

Derek M. Scissors is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on the Chinese and Indian economies and on US economic relations with Asia. He is concurrently chief economist of the China Beige Book.

Dr. Scissors is the author of the China Global Investment Tracker. In late 2008, he authored a series of papers that chronicled the end of pro-market Chinese reform and predicted economic stagnation in China as a result. He has also written multiple papers on the best course for Indian economic development.

Before joining AEI, Dr. Scissors was a senior research fellow in the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation and an adjunct professor of economics at George Washington University. He has worked for London-based Intelligence Research Ltd., taught economics at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, and served as an action officer in international economics and energy for the US Department of Defense.

Dr. Scissors has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and a doctorate from Stanford University.



  • Chief Economist, China Beige Book, 2013–present
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, George Washington University, 2001–15
  • Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, Heritage Foundation, 2008–13
  • China Economist, Intelligence Research Ltd., London, 1998–2008
  • Lecturer, Department of Economics, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, 1994–97
  • Action Officer in International Economics and Energy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, US Department of Defense, 1989–90


Ph.D., international political economy, Stanford University
M.A., economics, University of Chicago
A.B., economics, University of Michigan