AmCham China News

On April 27, the American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic China (AmCham China) released its 2009 White Paper on the State of American Business in China (White Paper). Based on the views and experiences of its members working and living in China, this report—AmCham China’s 11th annual edition—gives recommendations on improving the business environment in China to promote economic growth in the midst of the current global downturn. Click here to read the official press release in English and Chinese. Click here to listen to audio from the White Paper launch, and here for audio from the media Q&A session.

To mark the release of the White Paper a press conference was held for key Chinese and international media. AmCham China Chairman John D. Watkins Jr., hosted the media session which featured AmCham China President Michael Barbalas and Vice Chair Mark Duval on the panel. Click here to read coverage of the event by Reuters, and click here to view photos of the press conference and also of the special working groups session.

The White Paper is the most important policy document released by AmCham China each year and is widely distributed and referred to by officials in the Chinese and US governments. It will be used AmCham China as the basis for policy discussions and dialogue for the next 12 months. The 2009 White Paper includes 38 chapters covering the overall business climate, regional outlooks and in-depth reviews of key industries and issues from intellectual property rights and environmental protection, to financial services and aviation. In addition to input from AmCham China members, this year’s White Paper includes important, select contributions from AmCham Shanghai and AmCham-Southwest China.

To order a hard copy of the White Paper click here.

Download the full 2009 White Paper on the State of American Business in China and below for individual chapters.

2009 White Paper Chairman's Message


2009 White Paper Priority Recommendations Table

2009 White Paper Table of Contents

2009 White Paper Part I: The Business Climate for American Firms in China

2009 White Paper Preamble and Survey Data

2009 White Paper Part II: Industry Issues

2009 White Paper Part III: Provincial/City Issues


For previous editions of the White Paper click here.