CCUSC Event - Hong Kong in Turmoil: Implications for the United States and China

November 4

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Sie Complex, Room 5025, Maglione Hall

Hong Kong in Turmoil:
Implications for the United States and China
A panel discussion with four former American Consuls General in Hong Kong

Professor Suisheng Zhao - Moderator
Ambassador Kurt Tong - Consul General in Hong Kong and Macau (2016-2019)
Ambassador Stephen M. Young - US Consul General in Hong Kong (2010-2013)
Ambassador Richard Boucher -US Consul General in Hong Kong (1996-1999)
Mr. Richard Mueller - US Consul General in Hong Kong (1993-1996)

Monday November 4, 2019
Sie Complex—5th Floor—Maglione Hall
University of Denver
2201 S. Gaylord St., Denver CO 80208

Free and open to the public. Lunch Provided.
Please register by Friday November 1st:

Ambassador Kurt Tong is a Partner at The Asia Group, where he leads the firm’s work in Japan and the broader East Asia region.  A leading expert on diplomacy and economic affairs in East Asia, Ambassador Tong brings thirty years of experience in the Department of State as a career Foreign Service Officer and member of the Senior Foreign Service. Prior to joining The Asia Group, Ambassador Tong served as Consul General in Hong Kong and Macau, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs at the State Department, Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, U.S. Ambassador for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and Director for Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council.  He served abroad as a U.S. diplomat in Manila, Tokyo (twice), Beijing, Seoul and Hong Kong.Before entering the Foreign Service in 1990, Ambassador Tong was an Associate with the Boston Consulting Group in Tokyo.  He holds a B.A. from Princeton University, and speaks and reads Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.

Ambassador Stephen M. Young retired in fall, 2013, after serving 33 years in the U.S. Foreign Service.  His last post was as U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong.  Prior to that he was the Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), Washington's informal mission there.  He also served as U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic.  He received a PhD in History from the University of Chicago, and a BA from Wesleyan University.  Young speaks fluent Russian and Chinese.  He is married to Barbara Finamore the Asian Director at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  

Ambassador Richard Boucher is a senior US diplomat turned teacher. Over a thirty-two year career, he achieved the highest rank in the U.S.Foreign Service as Career Ambassador. Richard’s career began in China at the start of economic reform; in his later career, he became the longest serving Spokesman in the history of the State Department, serving six Secretaries of State. From 2006 to 2009, he formulated U.S. policy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as India and the broader region, as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia. Richard also served as U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus (1993-1996), Consul General in Hong Kong (1996-1999), and led U.S. efforts for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation as US Senior Official for APEC from 1999-2000. After retiring from the State Department, Ambassador Boucher served four years as Deputy Secretary-General of the Organizationfor Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the international organization of 35 countries working together to analyze and coordinate economic policy. In this leadership role, he worked with the developing world, focusing on reforms in the major economies of China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa as well as newly reforming countries like Colombia, Tunisia and Myanmar. Richard now teaches diplomacy and foreign policy to Brown University graduate and undergraduate students as a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

Mr. Richard W. Mueller was a 32-year career Foreign Service Officer, Class of Minister-Counselor. As a capstone to his career he served as American Consul General (Chief of Mission) in Hong Kong, 1993-96, in the formative years leading up to Hong Kong's return to the PRC. Previously he was Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department of State under Secretary George Schultz and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs under Secretary James Baker. Earlier in his career he worked in the office of Secretary Kissinger where he met his wife, Claire. He specialized in Asian and Chinese affairs, serving in Canberra, the American Embassy in Saigon, Taiwan, Beijing in the 1970's, Hong Kong in the 1980's, and assignments in Washington relating to China and Asia. He retired in 1998 and subsequently was Director of the Asia Society Hong Kong Center and then for fifteen years served as Head of School of three schools, Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, Hong Kong International School, and Shanghai American School. Richard serves on the board of trustees of the Chinese American International School in San Francisco and serves as an affiliate of the Denver University Korbel School's Center for China-US Cooperation.

Free and open to the public. Lunch Provided.
Please register by Friday November 1st: