Cooperative Programs

US-China Aviation Cooperation Program

US-China Energy Cooperation Program

US-China Healthcare Cooperation Program

Export Compliance Working Group

US-China Agriculture and Food Partnership


A Proven Model for Development and Growth

AmCham China’s four cooperation programs support the development of markets and industries and the aims of both the US and Chinese governments to increase business opportunities and bilateral collaboration. They are coalitions of US companies operating under umbrella agreements or cooperative arrangements between the US and Chinese governments. The collaborations showcase American goods, services, and technologies, and the resulting business opportunities enhance business growth and industry development in China while also increasing US exports to China and supporting jobs in the US.

The US Trade and Development Agency (TDA) is the key partner in the US government for three industry cooperation programs: Aviation Cooperation Program, Energy Cooperation Program, and Healthcare Cooperation Program. The Export Compliance Working Group facilitates high-tech trade between the US and China and is an AmCham China cooperation program engaging with the US Department of Commerce. Each of the programs works closely with key ministries and officials in the Chinese government.

Increased Business Opportunities

AmCham China’s cooperation programs enable companies of all sizes to engage directly with industry leaders and the US and Chinese governments, as well as to facilitate business opportunities in the energy, aviation, healthcare, and high-tech industries. The cooperation programs offer a forum for companies to explain and demonstrate the effectiveness of their products, services, and technologies within the context of operational solutions and the Chinese government’s developmental goals. For small- and medium-sized companies in particular, the programs often provide access to resources that might not otherwise be readily available.

Enhanced Industry Development

The programs provide a unique forum for industry leaders to share best practices by organizing high-level technical exchanges, conferences, and capacity-building exercises. They are also a framework whereby companies engage with policy makers to collaborate on issues such as standards, trade promotion, and regulations.

Substantive, Long-Term Government Cooperation

The programs provide a cooperative framework for government-to-government interaction with industry participation. Companies often organize training programs and trade missions to the US for Chinese partners and government officials, and participate in discussions with regulators as a group rather than by individual company. Collaborating on issues of mutual benefit strengthens the bilateral relationship between the US and China.

 US-China Aviation Cooperation Program


Established in 2004, and endorsed by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the Wright Brothers Partnership US-China Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP) is committed to working with CAAC, Chinese airlines, airports, associations, research institutes and aviation experts to strengthen safety, capacity and efficiency in China’s aviation system.  ACP is an innovative public-private initiative that enhances friendship and partnership and promotes bilateral trade relations between the US and China.
ACP has nearly 50 corporate members from various disciplines within the aviation industry.  The program is co-chaired by FAA and Boeing and its public members include FAA, the US Trade and Development Agency, US Foreign Commercial Service and the American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China.  ACP friends and partners include CAAC, State Air Traffic Control (ATC) Commission, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), IATA, Chinese airlines and Chinese airports.
Membership benefits include: 1) Meetings and networking opportunities with Chinese government and industry representatives; 2) Participation in training and cooperation programs; 3) China civil aviation market information; and 4) Marketing exposure in the ACP magazine.
Professional Committees: ACP members represent all sectors of the aviation industry and work in committees to coordinate initiatives with their Chinese counterparts and industry stakeholders. For example, the ACP General and Regional Aviation Committee collaborates on the Chinese general aviation roadmap and policy/infrastructure implementation strategy with CAAC and other Chinese industry players. Committee accomplishments include completing an in-depth study to assist China with sustainable airport development and organizing training programs to promote technical, policy and commercial cooperation between the US and China.

ACP is organized into five professional committees:

  1. General and Regional Aviation,
  2. Airspace and the Environment,
  3. Airports,
  4. Leadership and Professional Development,
  5. Manufacturing and Airworthiness. 

Key Results:

A group of ACP member companies attributed $900M to $1.3B in 2010 China sales revenue to ACP programs and activities funded by the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). 

  • Training & Career Development
    • Graduation of participants in the fifth round of Executive Management Development Training for up-and-coming CAAC leaders and initiation of the sixth round,
    • Graduation of participants in the second round of Air Traffic Management Executive Training and initiation of the third round, 
    • Completion of the CAAC Flight Standards High Level Training Program visit to Boeing in Seattle and FAA in Anchorage and San Francisco.
  • Industry Event – Completion of the Air Traffic Management Bureau Air Traffic Flow Management Operations Seminar.
  • Research & Analysis 
    • Completion of a study on Beijing Second Airport Runway Analysis,
    • Completion of the second phase US TDA General Aviation and Regional Aviation (GARA Phase II) Study.
  • In 2009, the Airport Committee organized a road-show for over a dozen Committee member companies to visit Kunming and Chengdu Airports.  Airport Committee member companies have also completed an airport sustainability best practices study and Beijing Second Airport capacity study for CAAC.
  • In 2005, CAAC Personnel and Education Department formally requested a series of Executive Management Development Training (EMDT) courses for future leaders within CAAC.  Since 2006, with the support of USTDA, ACP member companies have conducted EMDT courses for over 150 future leaders in China civil aviation. 

Learn more about the US-China Aviation Cooperation Program by visiting:

 US-China Energy Cooperation Program


Founded in September of 2009 by 24 US energy companies, US-China Energy Cooperation Program (ECP) was underscored by US President Barack Obama and China President Hu Jintao in the official joint statements during Obama’s visit to China in 2009. US government agencies including Department of Commerce, Department of Energy and US Trade and Development Agency together with Chinese government agencies including National Energy Administration and Ministry of Commerce signed bilateral Memorandums of Understanding to serve as official government advisors to support ECP.
US-China Energy Cooperation Program (ECP)’s mission is to create a bilateral business platform with US and Chinese companies to pursue private sector-based business opportunities, advance sustainable development in the energy industry and combat climate change. Members join ECP through working groups to form industry value chains. Within each working group, members establish a sector development road map according to the national strategies, local demand and potential local partners for both short and long terms. Through this process, each working group identifies annual business development objectives and concrete initiatives for implementation. 
ECP currently has the following working groups: 
  • Clean Coal, 
  • Clean Transportation and Fuel, 
  • Decentralized Energy and Combined Cooling, Heat and Power, 
  • Energy Financing and Investment,
  • Energy Efficiency Building and Design, 
  • Industrial Energy Efficiency, 
  • Nuclear Power, 
  • Renewable Energy, 
  • Shale Gas and
  • Smart Grid.
Learn more about the US-China Energy Cooperation Program by visiting:

US-China Healthcare Cooperation Program

The US-China Healthcare Cooperation Program was announced by President Obama and President Hu during the latter’s 2010 state visit to promote cooperation in healthcare between the US and China.  Its scope includes but is not limited to personnel training, medical information technology, rural healthcare, emergency response and management systems. A memorandum of understanding between the US and Chinese agencies involved is currently under negotiation.  
US Government: US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), Department of Commerce, Department of Health and Human Services.
Chinese Government: Ministry of Health.
Status: The partnership is a platform that brings private sector and government resources together to promote health system development, cooperation, and trade between the US and China. Business resources in both the US and China are leveraged to promote advanced technologies, collaboration, and sustainable development in the healthcare sector. Programs and initiatives are in strategic alignment with China’s healthcare development priorities. The partnership provides a vehicle for companies to work together in partnership with the two governments to facilitate technical collaboration and exchanges, conduct personnel training and capacity building, and identify and address market opportunities.
Learn more about the US-China Healthcare Cooperation Program by visiting


US-China Agriculture and Food Partnership

The U.S. – China Agriculture and Food Partnership is a private-public coordinator for bilateral food and agricultural cooperation between the United States and China with support from governments in both countries. The AFP was created with the support of the US and Chinese governments to continue in the tradition of the Agricultural Symposium that was a centerpiece of then-Vice President Xi Jinping’s visit to Iowa in February 2012. AFP’s mission is to link U.S. and Chinese public, private, and non-governmental organizations (NGO) across the agricultural and food supply chain in order to advance mutual food security, food safety, and agricultural sustainability through the promotion of cooperative activities between the United States and China and optimal practices in both countries. 

AFP serves as a single point of contact to bring together U.S. and Chinese public and private sector entities, to help develop trust, and foster positive relationships. 

For more information on the AFP, click here