On Friday, January 6, AmCham Shanghai held a farewell reception for U.S. Ambassador to China, Max Baucus. Held in conjunction with the Harvard Center Shanghai, the event was attended by over 120 members and offered attendees a chance to gain insight from the Ambassador before he completes his current appointment. Baucus, who became Ambassador to China in February, 2014, spoke about his experiences over the past three years and what he has learned during this time. The Ambassador emphasized the importance of the U.S.-China relationship and the need for a smooth transition to the next administration, saying “we have to continue to engage China at all levels.” Following the Ambassador’s remarks, audience members were provided the opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A session.
AmCham Shanghai Chairman Ker Gibbs thanked the Ambassador for his service, his support of the Chamber and his engagement with the business community. The Ambassador also praised the efforts of international chambers working together to influence Chinese commercial sector policies, and stressed the importance of AmCham and the business community in playing a constructive role in the years ahead. Following the event, Baucus attended a dinner with AmCham Shanghai’s Board of Governors.
Ambassador Baucus, who served in the U.S. Senate from 1978 to 2013, has extensive experience in international trade, and during his time as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance led the passage and enactment of free trade agreements with 11 countries: Australia, Bahrain, Jordan, Chile, Colombia, Morocco, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore, and South Korea. AmCham Shanghai wishes Ambassador Baucus the best in his future endeavors, and hopes that he will continue to actively promote American interests in China.