In a sunshine soaked room overlooking Victoria Harbour, Professor Geoffrey Garrett, dean of The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, shares his insights on US and China relations with Asia Times in Hong Kong.

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Dean Geoffrey Garrett of The Wharton School. Photo: Asia Times/Lin Wanxia

The distinguished international political economist expects Beijing’s One Belt, One Road push to benefit many countries around the world, unlocking global growth, while putting high hopes on innovative technologies developed in Asia to deliver a spring of new business opportunities in Middle America.

The head of the top US business school brings with him a key event of the university’s Lifelong Learning program – Wharton Global Forum Hong Kong 2017 – to the former British colony just a week prior to the 20th anniversary celebration of the territory’s return to Chinese rules featuring President Xi Jinping’s first visit as the state leader.

A congregation of over 800 Penn alumni and friends gathered to discuss both challenges and opportunities of disruptive innovations in the ever-evolving global landscape, opened by keynote speeches from former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Hong Kong’s Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.