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Links to Amcham-China’s 2010 Business Climate Survey

April 4, 2010

On Friday, the American Chamber of Commerce in China unveiled its annual Business Climate Survey for 2010.  The survey, along with the Chamber’s annual White Paper, every year offers one of the best sources of insight into the state of business relations between China and the U.S.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I was one of three panelists asked to comment at this year’s presentation, at a session attended by over a hundred businesspeople, reporters, and government officials.

Ted Dean began with an excellent overview of the survey results, which Amcham-China plans to post on its website.  The video doesn’t appear to be uploaded yet, but I’ll post a link when it’s up.  In the meantime, the pdf of his presentation can be downloaded here.  You can also read a short article on the survey, by my friend Bill Hart, which appeared in Amcham-China’s monthly magazine.

After Ted’s introduction, I took part in the panel discussion, and took questions from the audience and the press.  You can listen to the session (44 min.) by clicking here.  There’s even a simultaneous Chinese translation you can listen to here.  Some of the main topics we covered include:

  • Is China really becoming a less welcoming environment for foreign companies to do business, as many reports (including the latest cover of BusinessWeek) suggest?
  • What are the major challenges facing American businesses in China, and how have the changed in the past year?
  • How is China’s regulatory environment evolving?  What improvements can be noted, and what are the main concerns that remain?
  • What does Google’s decision to “leave” China say about what other American companies are thinking?  Is Google an outlier, or part of a pattern?
  • What is China’s macroeconomic outlook, and what impact is it having on the plans of American companies in the China market?
  • Are looming trade and currency tensions between China and the U.S. serious, and what impact will they have on the business environment?
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