After two grueling days pounding the corridors and knocking on doors inside Washington's heart of power and influence, AmCham's team led by Chairman Jack Lange and President Tara Joseph had meetings on Thursday (U.S. time) with senior Congressional members Pete Sessions, Republican Representative for Texas and Chairman of the Committee on Rules, and Democratic Representative for the state of Washington Suzan DelBene.
A morning meeting with Commerce Department China officials was followed by a final session with senior Asia-focused officials at the State Department, marking the end of this year's Doorknock, a crucial advocacy and intelligence-gathering mission that comes at a crucial moment in America's economic and political relations with the region.
"It is vital that the voices of Hong Kong and its international business community are heard and – crucially –understood by the people shaping policies on trade, market access and other major global issues," said AmCham President Tara Joseph at the end of this year’s Washington DC Doorknock. "By getting up close and personal with so many of those people, we're confident of having made our case and showcased our commitment to the U.S. relationship with Hong Kong and the Asian region, as well as underscored Hong Kong's pivotal role as the regional bastion for free and fair trade, rule of law and open markets."
DAY TWO: Ten meetings, one briefing done in 11 hours from 8am to 7pm