White Paper

The 15th edition of AmCham China’s American Business in China White Paper (White Paper) synthesizes the collective views of AmCham China’s member companies on trade and commercial issues that affect the US business community in China.

Written by volunteer AmCham China members, the 376-page White Paper offers recommendations on reforms that would improve the business climate in the areas of investment, standards, transparency, and IPR. It also provides detailed snapshots of business conditions across some two dozen industries, ranging from clean technology to financial services to information and communications technology.

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Press Release

April 24, 2013: AmCham China 2013 White Paper Press Release (English and 中文)

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Complete White Paper


Chairman's Message

Part One: The Business Climate Overview

China's New Economy: The Path Forward (1-1)
2013 White Paper Priority Recommendations Scorecard (1-2)

Part Two: Industrial Policy and Market Access

Competition Law (2-1)
Government Procurement (2-2)

Innovation Policy (2-3)
Intellectual Property Rights (2-4)

Investment Policy (2-5)
Standards, Certification and Conformity Assessment (2-6)

Part Three: Cross-Sector Issues

Customs (3-1)
High-Tech Trade Promotion and Export Controls (3-2)

Human Resources (3-3)
Tax Policy (3-4)

Visa Policy (3-5)
Work Safety (3-6)

Part Four: Industry-Specific Issues

AmCham China Cooperation Programs (4-1)
Agriculture (4-2)
Automotive (4-3)

Business Process Outsourcing (4-4)
Civil Aviation (4-5)
Clean Technology (4-6)

Construction, Engineering, and Design (4-7)
Cosmetics (4-8)
Direct Sales (4-9)

Electronic Payment Systems (4-10)
Express Delivery Services (4-11)
Financial Services (4-12)

Food and Beverage (4-13)
Healthcare (4-14)
Information and Communications Technology and Cyber Security (4-15)

Insurance (4-16)
Legal Services (4-17)
Machinery Manufacturing (4-18)

Media and Entertainment (4-19)
Oil, Energy and Power (4-20)
Real Estate (4-21)

Retail and E-commerce (4-22)

Part Five: Regional Issues

Provincial Investment Environment (5-1)
Chengdu (5-2)
Chongqing (5-3)

Dalian (5-4)
Shanghai (5-5)

Tianjin (5-6)
  Wuhan (5-7)


AmCham China members are sent a free copy of the White Paper and may purchase additional copies for RMB 250.

The non-member cost is RMB 550. All prices include express shipping.

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