Ming Chen Hsu

Ming Chen Hsu


1924 – 2021

Ming Hsu was a recognized expert on U.S.-China trade and in international business., operating successfully on both the public and private sectors.

She was a former Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission, appointed by President George H.W. Bush ’41 and has been twice -confirmed by the United States Senate. She served in this capacity for ten years through 2000. Serving as Commissioner her primary role was to oversee the seven U.S. seaports leading her to work on government-related issues, in particular legislative and regulatory actions affecting carriers, shippers, NVO’s.

Ming Hsu was actively involved in negotiations with the Chinese Ministry of Communications, which led to the U.S.-China Maritime Bilateral Agreement signed by President George W. Bush and Premier Wen Jiabao in Washington in 2004. She also piloted the Commission’s unilateral decision to bar Japanese ships from U.S. Ports due to their inequitable treatment of U.S shipping companies.

Hsu testified before the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives pertaining to the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1988. Her representation of U.S. Maritime interests resulted in dealings with the European Union in Brussels and delivering Keynote speeches in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Hamburg and London.

Prior to service as Federal Maritime Commissioner she was New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean’s Special Trade Representative and Director of the Division of International Trade, leading over thirty overseas missions to promote U.S. exports and attract foreign investments to New Jersey cities and counties.

She worked in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Commerce, attending trade exhibitions in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean Basin. It created new jobs and Hsu’s visits to Korea resulted in New Jersey being the first U.S. home of Samsung and Hyundai.

During the late 70’s she held a number of executive positions at several divisions and wholly owned subsidiaries of RCA Corp. In 1979 she was elected RCA’s VP for International Planning and Marketing, its headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. She led RCA’s first delegation to Beijing in 1978 and numerous trips to China thereafter.

Hsu was a writer, researcher and lecturer on international affairs. Her publications include: “Enabling Instruments of the United Nations,” “Arbitration Clauses in Multipartite Treaties,” “Suggested Amendment to the United Nations Charter,” and articles on Russia’s policies in Asia. She’s appeared on network and local broadcast programs, as well as being featured in numerous articles including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Working Woman, Newsweek, Forbes and Fortune magazines.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business

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