Policy Priorities 2020

Our policy priorities -- Building Trust through Transparency, Promoting Development through Open Investment and Stimulating Innovation through Global Cooperation--reflect the opinions of the Chamber's 3,300 members (half of whom are Chinese nationals) from 900-member companies headquartered not just in the US, but also Europe, Australia and other parts of Asia. They are drawn from multiple discussions among AmCham China members and supported by analysis of the annual Business Climate Survey and the American Business in China White Paper.

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 The American Chamber of Commerce in China 

2020 Policy Priorities 

 

Introduction

In 2019 AmCham China’s Policy Priorities acknowledged that the US-China bilateral relationship had reached an inflection point. Events in 2019 only served to reinforce this sentiment and further suggest that the bilateral relationship is undergoing a fundamental recalibration.

Foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) in China continue to face a challenging and uncertain policy environment, and events in 2019 only deepened the uncertainty. The simmering trade dispute between the U.S. and China intensified, with both sides imposing tariffs on billions of dollars of the other country’s goods and services. These tariffs directly harm businesses, consumers, and both the US and Chinese economies. New regulations came into effect in the US designed to modernize regulatory oversight over foreign investment on the basis of national security considerations. The US added multiple Chinese companies to its Entity List, including Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecommunications equipment. U.S. companies are banned from doing business with companies on the Entity List. In May 2019, China announced the creation of its own “Unreliable Entity List,” the details of which have yet to be announced but which only served to deepen the uncertainty.

As a focus of our advocacy efforts, these priorities will guide our conversations with the Chinese government, US government, media, academics and other stakeholders throughout the year. We acknowledge that the challenges are significant and may not be resolved within the short-term. We hope, however, that we will see meaningful progress during the coming months building on the Phase One Deal and non-withstanding the disruption caused by COVID-19, and that such progress will form a solid basis for longer-term engagement and dialogue.

As such, we hope that our 2020 Policy Priorities will serve as a foundation for longer-term engagement and dialogue, and that our recommended actions, based on these priorities, will foster greater trust and mutual understanding. Further recommendations and examples are included in the full Policy Priorities document linked below.

Our three Policy Priorities for 2020 are as follows:

Priority One: Rebuilding Trust through Concrete Actions Leading to Greater Transparency and Evenhandedness of Regulatory Processes

  • Commitments to meaningful reform include clear benchmarks, timelines and intensive monitoring to ensure lasting changes to China’s legal and regulatory architectures and impartial implementation of laws and regulations. Similarly, coordinated and consistent policy development, implementation, and enforcement between Chinese government ministries must be prioritized.

Priority Two: Promoting Development through Policies of National Treatment and Competitive Neutrality

  • Foreign investors be provided treatment no less favorable than the best treatment offered to any domestic Chinese company, whether private, state-owned or state-controlled.

Priority Three: Stimulating Innovation through Global Cooperation and Intellectual Property Protection

  • The Internet be promoted as a platform for global interaction and restrictions on cross-border data flows such as those provided in the Cybersecurity Law be limited to encourage international collaboration and innovation.

 


中国美国商会

2020年政策重点

简介 

2019年,中国美国商会(商会)在政策重点中指出,美中双边关系走到了转折点,2019年间发生的种种更是佐证了这一评论,也表明美中关系正处于重大调整期。在华外资企业仍然面临着政策环境中的重重挑战和不确定性,2019年发生的一切更是进一步加深了它们的困境。随着美中贸易争端愈演愈烈,两国不断相互加码,对价值数十亿美元的商品和服务征收关税,这直接损害了两国企业和消费者的利益以及美中两国的经济发展。美国施行新规,目的是以保护国家安全为基础,实现对外国投资的现代化监管。美国将数家中国公司列入实体名单,包括全球最大的电信设备制造商华为公司,并禁止美国公司与实体名单上的公司发生业务往来。2019年5月,中国宣布建立“不可靠实体清单”,清单具体内容尚未公布,但这只是进一步加深了不确定性。

2020年的三项政策重点如下:

重点一:通过实际行动重建信任,提高监管流程透明度和公平性

  • 中国政府优先给予商会、其他外国商会及其会员企业更大权限,以应对一般性行业挑战和日常业务运营中的技术问题。

重点二:通过国民待遇和竞争中立政策推动发展

  • 外国投资者的待遇不应低于任何中国私有、国有或国有控股企业的最优待遇。

重点三:通过全球合作和知识产权保护激励创新

  • 利用互联网平台促进全球交往,放宽《网络安全法》里规定的跨境数据流动限制,鼓励国际合作与创新。

 

 

 

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