AmCham China kicked off its 2018 White Paper delivery process by meeting with Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC) Vice Minister (VM) Long Guoqiang on June 14, and with Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) VM and Deputy China International Trade Representative Wang Shouwen on June 20. Both member delegations, led by AmCham China Chairman Bill Zarit and President Alan Beebe, held a frank conversation on the current bilateral trade frictions, AmCham China’s DC Outreach, and highlights from the 2018 White Paper. Member companies were able to share specific industry concerns and receive direct feedback.
Development Research Center of the State Council
On June 14, 2018, AmCham China Chairman Bill Zarit and President Alan Beebe led a delegation of member company representatives to meet with Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC) Vice Minister (VM) Long Guoqiang.
Zarit briefed VM Long Guoqiang on AmCham China’s DC Outreach meetings, its stance on the trade tensions between the US and China, and highlights from the 2018 White Paper. VM Long expressed appreciation for AmCham China’s efforts in strengthening communications between two countries. Key topics of discussion also the two countries’ different understandings of the term “reciprocity”, issues regarding inconsistent enforcement of rules and regulations, and the Made in China 2025 Initiative.
Ministry of Commerce
On June 20, 2018, AmCham China Chairman Bill Zarit and President Alan Beebe led a delegation of nine company representatives to meet with the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) Vice Minister (VM) and Deputy China International Trade Representative Wang Shouwen. Zarit and Beebe briefed VM Wang and other MOFCOM attendees on the key messages of the 2018 Business Climate Survey, 2018 White Paper, as well as the recent DC Outreach.
Participating members raised direct concerns impacting their industry, while AmCham China reaffirmed its stance on the trade disputes. VM Wang further commented in this regard that trade disputes should be resolved through bilateral investment treaties and negotiations under the WTO. He also sought to reassure the foreign business community that China would continue its process of greater market opening. VM Wang also stated that the long-anticipated nationwide Negative List will be released before July 1.
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