On September 18, AmCham Shanghai’s 2016 Doorknock delegation arrived in Washington for three days of meetings with high-level administration officials, members of Congress, influential academics and business association representatives. The group began its trip with a discussion on U.S.-China relations by Georgetown University Assistant Professor and Senior Fellow and former NSC Senior Director for Asia Dennis Wilder. This is the first in a series of daily dispatches from Washington on the Doorknock delegation’s meetings and events.
AmCham Shanghai’s annual Doorknock delegation provides AmCham Shanghai an opportunity to engage with key Washington stakeholders on important issues affecting American business in China. In addition to providing an “on the ground” perspective on China, the delegation this year will stress the importance of passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and a U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) to American companies and the need for the U.S. government to maintain pressure on China regarding cybersecurity concerns, Internet controls and limitations, and the slow progress in financial services reform. The delegation will also highlight the positive impact of Chinese direct investment in the U.S. economy. For more information on the delegation’s key issues and policy recommendations see these links (Financial Service Viewpoint, Internet Viewpoint and TPP).
During the September 18 dinner with Dennis Wilder, the delegation discussed a wide range of issues including the South China Sea, China’s regional relationships, the U.S. pivot to Asia, TPP, Xi Jinping’s leadership, and the prospects for economic reforms. The group also discussed views in Washington on China and noted the importance of emphasizing to members of Congress that TPP passage would have a positive impact on encouraging economic reforms in China.
The delegation will have a packed schedule of meetings Monday with Administration officials and academics. Meeting with key Administration officials will include Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Robert Holleyman, Treasury Assistant Secretary for International Markets and Development Marisa Lago, and State Department Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia Susan Thornton. The delegation will also meet with representatives from the IMF, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the U.S. China Business Council (USCBC). The day will close with a dinner with members of the Administration Transition Task Force which consists of leading China experts. George Washington University Professor David Shambaugh, Asia Society Center for U.S.-China Relations Orville Schell, Ambassador Stapleton Roy, and former U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshevsky will be among the participants at the dinner.
Stay tuned for more updates and news from the Doorknock.
The 2016 AmCham Shanghai Doorknock is led by Board Chairman Ker Gibbs and includes 13 other members: AmCham Shanghai President Kenneth Jarrett; AmCham China President Alan Beebe; B&L (Shanghai) Engineering Consulting President Phil Branham; MKT& Associates CEO Michael Crotty; KPMG Markets Strategy Partner David Frey; Sigmatex- Asia General Manager Cameron Johnson; Technology Consultant and Investor Caroline Pan; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Co-Chair of Asia Practice and Partner Gentry Sayad; Coca-Cola Bottling Investments Group China CEO Glen Walter; AmCham Southwest China Chairman Benjamin Wang, Dupont Managing Director of Communications, Marketing, & Sales for North Asia, Australia, and New Zealand Helen Yang; International Learning Enterprise General Manager Vincent Yang; and Allergan China Country President Shirley Zhao.