Deal or No Deal?
AmCham HK just hosted a timely discussion on the latest US-China Trade Talks, a day before Chinese Chief Trade Negotiator & Vice Premier Liu He flies to Washington D.C. for a new round of trade talks. We caught up with Owen Haacke, Chief Representative at the Shanghai office of the US-China Business Council, to gain some perspective from the ground of what is happening.
Alan Beebe: The View from Beijing
In this episode we’re joined by Alan Beebe, president of AmCham China. Beebe has over 25 years’ experience in Asia and the United States, including 15 years in China helping clients across diverse industries develop and implement sound business, operations and technology strategies. Most recently, he has been president of AmCham China in Beijing for over three years. In this episode we discuss the results of AmCham China’s 2019 Business Climate Survey Report, how US-China trade tensions are impacting foreign companies in China, and what AmCham China’s main policy advocacy priorities are for the year ahead.
AmCham flashback: Steve Forbes talks taxes, Iraq war in 2002
A vote to authorize the Iraq war, a rocky time for the stock market, and slow economic growth marked a period of peak uncertainty for the United States in 2002. Steve Forbes is the Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Magazine. At an event hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce on September 5, 2002, Forbes spoke at length about the precarious state of the US economy and the prospect of going to war with Iraq. The former US presidential candidate said America's economy was not performing to its full potential, which he attributed to mistakes made by the central bank that were rooted in a misunderstanding about prosperity. Forbes outlined the need for big tax cuts in the US to remedy the situation. He also said that the IMF’s reluctance to encourage pro-growth strategies was a “formula for disaster.”
An ‘Economic Iron Curtain’ for US and China?
The 90-day trade war truce between the US and China will end on March 1. Can the two countries strike a deal to end the dispute or does an ‘Economic Iron Curtain’ loom for the world’s two biggest economies? In light of the latest Sino-US tension, AmCham’s Margaret Loo spoke with Steve Vickers, CEO at Steve Vickers Associates, to hear his prognosis on the wider implications for businesses.
#AmCham flashback: The final governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten on the importance of the free market
A snippet from former governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten’s 1997 speech at a luncheon hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce. Patten talks about Hong Kong’s achievements, its economy and the importance of maintaining the city’s business-friendly environment in the face of increasing political pressure in Asia.
Scott Kennedy: U.S. - China Relations at the Start of 2019
As we enter 2019, the U.S.-China relationship is rife with uncertainty. We caught up with Scott Kennedy, Deputy Director of the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), at our annual Government Affairs Conference to discuss U.S.-China tensions and what U.S. companies in China can do to improve the situation. Kennedy is a leading authority on China, and his areas of expertise include China’s global economic relations, economic policy, industrial policy and innovation. We discuss the roots of U.S.-China trade tensions, what role technology and innovation play, and what happens at the end of the current 90-day trade negotiations.
Dan Rosen on Reforming Chinese SOEs (Dec 6, 2018)
Dan Rosen, Rhodium Group partner and long-time China economy watcher, gave a morning breakfast briefing to AmCham members at the American Club in Hong Kong in which he discussed the recently released report “Missing Link: Corporate Governance in China’s State Sector,” produced in conjunction with the Asia Society. Hear the podcast. Read the report. https://rhg.com/research/missing-link-corporate-governance-in-chinas-state-sector/
Frank Lavin: Impact of midterm elections on U.S.-China trade relations (Nov 15, 2018)
As the U.S. midterm elections drew to a close, we caught up with former Ambassador and Undersecretary of the Department of Commerce, Frank Lavin, to discuss the election results and the future of U.S.-China trade relations. Lavin is currently Chairman of Export Now, an Asia-focused full-service digital solutions company helping consumer brands win in global e-commerce markets, which he founded in 2010. We discuss Lavin’s thoughts on the election outcomes, what they mean for domestic U.S. policy, and whether U.S.-China trade tensions may blow over more quickly than many anticipate. *Special thanks to AmCham Shanghai
Big Enough For Two (Sep 21, 2018)
The world is big enough to accommodate a bipolar system in which China and the West can coexist “happily within their own spheres of influence” and under different rules of engagement, Enodo Economics Dyana Choyleva told a breakfast briefing at AmCham. While there would be inevitable and major disruption from such a decoupling, “It doesn’t necessarily have to mean Armageddon,” she said. “If we stay away from the argument of which system might win” in a zero-sum contest for global dominance. The Bulgarian-born economist, who grew up under the Marxist-Leninist system of the former Eastern Bloc, also gave her insights into the structural transformation currently underway in the Chinese growth story, as well as highlighting some of the hurdles and potential pitfalls that still remain. Please see AmCham’s website for more upcoming and unmissable events.
Lessons from the Coal Face (Sep 18, 2018)
Leaders from the EU and American chambers of commerce in China provide their insights and nuanced perspectives about doing business in China at a time of rapid and deep changes in the strategic relationship between Beijing and Washington. Mats Harborn, the president of the European Chamber of Commerce in China and executive director at Scania China Strategic Office, and Tim Stratford, a former AmCham China chairman and senior U.S. trade diplomat and currently managing partner in Covington & Burling’s Beijing office and a member of the chamber leadership, gave a breakfast presentation at AmCham Hong Kong this morning of their latest take on the U.S.-China trade imbroglio and its implications for their members and global business. We caught up with Mats and Tim to continue the discussion after the event, which coincided with the release of an AmCham China survey about the impact of the trade tariffs. We’ve let it run a little longer than usual, because it’s good.