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Charles W. Freeman III

Nonresident Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, John L. Thornton China Center

Charles W. Freeman III is a nonresident senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings. He is managing director at BowerGroupAsia. Formerly, he was an international principal at Forbes-Tate, directing the firm’s global efforts.

Freeman previously served as assistant U.S. trade representative for China affairs. In his role as the United States’ chief China trade negotiator, he helped to shape U.S. trade policy toward China, as well as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, and Mongolia. Freeman also oversaw U.S. efforts to integrate China into the World Trade Organization. Earlier in his government career, he served as legislative counsel for international affairs for Senator Frank Murkowski of Alaska.

After leaving government, Freeman has advised a wide array of firms and associations on Chinese and East Asian business and regulatory matters. He also served as vice president for global public policy and government affairs at PepsiCo Inc., and led the company’s government relations activities across Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

In addition to his work in private practice, Freeman has held the chair in China studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has been a frequent commentator on U.S.-China relations and Chinese economic issues and has published extensively on Chinese trade and regulatory matters.

Freeman received his Juris Doctor from the Boston University School of Law and his bachelor’s in Asian studies with a concentration in economics from Tufts University. He studied Chinese economic policymaking at Fudan University in Shanghai and Mandarin Chinese at the Taipei Language Institute. He is a director of Harding Loevner Funds and the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations.

Charles W. Freeman III is a nonresident senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings. He is managing director at BowerGroupAsia. Formerly, he was an international principal at Forbes-Tate, directing the firm’s global efforts.

Freeman previously served as assistant U.S. trade representative for China affairs. In his role as the United States’ chief China trade negotiator, he helped to shape U.S. trade policy toward China, as well as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, and Mongolia. Freeman also oversaw U.S. efforts to integrate China into the World Trade Organization. Earlier in his government career, he served as legislative counsel for international affairs for Senator Frank Murkowski of Alaska.

After leaving government, Freeman has advised a wide array of firms and associations on Chinese and East Asian business and regulatory matters. He also served as vice president for global public policy and government affairs at PepsiCo Inc., and led the company’s government relations activities across Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

In addition to his work in private practice, Freeman has held the chair in China studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has been a frequent commentator on U.S.-China relations and Chinese economic issues and has published extensively on Chinese trade and regulatory matters.

Freeman received his Juris Doctor from the Boston University School of Law and his bachelor’s in Asian studies with a concentration in economics from Tufts University. He studied Chinese economic policymaking at Fudan University in Shanghai and Mandarin Chinese at the Taipei Language Institute. He is a director of Harding Loevner Funds and the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations.

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