DC Outreach

Every year, AmCham China sends a delegation of China-based key US business representatives to bring our advocacy message to Washington, DC. With the backdrop of proposed bilateral tariffs, the delegation’s meetings held particular significance.

2018 AmCham China DC Outreach Delegation

During the last week of April and first week of May, AmCham China led a delegation of 17 China-based key US business representatives to Washington, DC to meet with members of Congress, administration officials, and think tanks to discuss the business climate of American firms in China and to share our thoughts and recommendations on policies impacting US-China economic relations. The group met with representatives from the following:

  • Executive Branch:
    • Department of the Treasury
    • Department of Commerce
    • USTR
    • National Economic and Security Councils
    • Office of the Vice President
    • Department of State
    • Department of Agriculture
       
  • Capitol Hill
    • 17 Senate offices
    • 28 House offices
    • US-China Economic and Security Review Commission
       
  • Think tanks such as CSIS, the American Enterprise Institute, and Heritage Foundation
     
  • Chinese Embassy


2018 AmCham China DC Outreach Meetings

Some of the key messages shared by our delegation in these meetings included that: 

  • A healthy US-China trade relationship is critical to the robust economic growth of both nations.
     
  • The relationship needs to be fair and reciprocal, but from our view this cannot be achieved by tit-for-tat actions. Rather, this requires a recalibration of the terms on which we engage in trade and investment.
     
  • The US administration should work together with like-minded trading partners and to pursue multilateral trade agreements.
     
  • Any reforms to CFIUS should reflect the American values of transparency and dialogue.
     
  • A mechanism for conducting discussions with China should be established and should be 1) faster-paced, 2) results-oriented with realizable objectives and clear timelines predicated on reciprocity, and 3) based on strong business community engagement.
     

David Rubenstein, Co-founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group,
interviewing USTR Robert Lighthizer at the 9th China Business Conference

AmCham China also co-hosted, along with the US Chamber of Commerce, the 9th China Business Conference, which featured current and former senior government officials, leading business executives, and top economists, academics, and thought leaders – including remarks from USTR Lighthizer just before his trip to China as part of the ongoing bilateral trade discussions.

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