At this critical time, we are publishing our 22nd annual White Paper — a comprehensive analysis of China’s economic policies and practices impacting foreign trade and investment. We have been gratified by the close attention US and Chinese policy makers have paid to the White Paper in past years. In this edition, we have endeavored to offer a comprehensive set of recommendations for both sides as they work towards greater mutual understanding and successful resolution of our many outstanding concerns.
The White Paper is provided complimentary to AmCham China members, and for RMB400 to non-members.
At a Glance
2019 was a turbulent year in the US-China relationship, which created challenging conditions for the AmCham China business community. Following continued retaliatory tariffs between the two countries, economic and trade issues became more closely intertwined with issues of national security. Additionally, China’s slowing GDP growth – in part a natural outcome of China’s ongoing transition to a more sustainable economic growth trajectory – has also created uncertainty for many members, an issue that has been compounded by the COVID-19 global pandemic. However, the Phase One Deal, signed in January this year, has created positive momentum for continued negotiations to address remaining structural issues in the economic relationship.
US companies continue to face an uncertain operating environment in China, but remain committed to the market, with some 35 percent reporting China as a “top-three” investment priority. In light of that continued commitment, we hope that this year’s White Paper will serve as a constructive tool for both the Chinese and US governments as they work to build on the progress established by the Phase One Deal, prepare for Phase Two negotiations, and reorient the bilateral relationship towards a more sustainable, balanced economic footing.
In that spirit, the 22nd edition of the White Paper explores the cross-cutting, industry-specific, national, and regional issues faced by AmCham China’s member companies in 2019 and early 2020, with practical recommendations for addressing these challenges that will, if implemented, benefit both foreign companies and the Chinese economy as a whole.
White Paper Delivery Meetings
Throughout the year, AmCham China leadership, staff, and delegations of select members deliver the latest White Paper to Chinese government officials and agencies at all levels, think tanks, and other organizations to discuss the White Paper’s advocacy messaging and share recommendations with the central, municipal, and local governments.