Despite recent trade frictions and policy shifts between the US and China, the US still remains the largest investment destination in the world, especially from Chinese investors.

The May 19 U.S.- China Economic and Trade Joint Statement by both countries appears to have resolved many current trade disagreements and acknowledges the potential adverse impact of trade restrictions resulting from the US Section 301 investigation (and potential response from the Chinese government) on business operations in China and the bilateral trade relationship. The joint statement clarifies that both the US and China agree to encourage reciprocal two-way investment and will strive to create a level playing field for business. The two countries will also strengthen trade cooperation and investment in the fields of energy, agricultural, and high-tech products.

However, the timeline and extent of implementation of these laudable new goals remains uncertain. Key questions regarding why Chinese investment is important to the US, and how we can ensure a fair and reciprocal trade and investment environment for both countries remain.

Join AmCham China's leaders and experts to learn about the current investment policy environment, and learn how to better navigate these potentially challenging times. While different industries and sectors are affected in different ways, there are certainly lessons to be learned about how to address common strategies in managing investment and how multinationals can best cope with recent challenges.

Please join AmCham China's Outbound Investment Forum for a discussion with our panel of business leaders and experts on:

  • What challenges do Chinese companies face when looking to invest in the US?
  • What trade and investment policy tools could the US and the EU employ that could affect Chinese investment?
  • How is the Chinese government responding? What are the implications for US businesses operating in China?
  • What steps can MNCs take to mitigate related trade policy exposure risks and position themselves for possible opportunities?
  • What are the tax implications for Chinese investment in the US?

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2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2:30 PM - 2:35 PM
Welcome Remarks
2:35 PM - 2:45 PM
Locked and Loaded: Dimensioning the increasing trade and investment pushback on “China Inc.”
2:45 PM - 2:55 PM
Challenges of Chinese Investment to the U.S.
2:55 PM - 3:05 PM
Keynote 3
3:05 PM - 3:15 PM
Chinese Investment to the U.S. – From a Tax Perspective
3:15 PM - 3:25 PM
Predicting and Managing Stakeholder Perception Risks
3:25 PM - 4:15 PM
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM


  • Tim Stratford (Partner at Covington & Burling LLP’s Beijing office)

    Tim Stratford

    Partner at Covington & Burling LLP’s Beijing office

    Tim Stratford is managing partner in Covington & Burling LLP’s Beijing office and a member of the International Trade, Corporate and Government Affairs Practice Groups. Mr. Stratford’s practice is focused on advising international clients doing business in China and assisting Chinese companies seeking to expand their businesses globally. As a former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, Mr. Stratford is the most senior former U.S. trade official working as a member of the U.S. business community in China. Except for the five years he spent in Washington, D.C. in government service (2005-2010), Mr. Stratford has lived and worked continuously in the greater China region since 1982.

    While at USTR, Mr. Stratford was responsible for developing and implementing U.S. trade policy toward mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Mongolia. He worked closely with other senior U.S. and Chinese officials from numerous government departments and agencies to address problems encountered by companies engaged in bilateral trade and investment and co-chaired a number of important bilateral working groups and dialogues established under the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade and the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue.

    Prior to serving at USTR, Mr. Stratford was General Counsel for General Motors’ China operations, where he was a member of GM’s senior management team in China and oversaw the company’s legal and trade policy work. Mr. Stratford also served previously as Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Brigham Young University, and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.

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  • Kenneth Zhou (Partner at WilmerHale)

    Kenneth Zhou

    Partner at WilmerHale

  • Jane Zhang (President at DaoHe Consulting)

    Jane Zhang

    President at DaoHe Consulting

    Jane Zhang is the founder and president of DaoHe Consulting, a leading public affairs and crisis management advisory firm based in Beijing. Drawing on her extensive experience in international affairs and business strategy,
    Jane provides strategic insight and counsel to world leading multinational corporations across a broad range of industries including ICT (semiconductor), agriculture and food, healthcare and manufacturing on navigating China's political environment, engaging government stakeholders, protecting companies' reputation and
    resolving business-critical issues.

    Prior to founding DaoHe, Jane served as Managing Director at APCO Worldwide, heading up the firm’s Beijing operation, and as the leader of Government Affairs and Communications practice at Burson-Marsteller China. Previously, Jane held positions at Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson in the U.S. and China in the areas of government affairs and business strategy and development.

    Before joining the private sector, Jane served as a diplomat in China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, providing international affairs expertise to top Chinese leaders and central government agencies, as well as working with senior U.S. and European government officials on major international issues. She played an important role in Hong Kong’s return to China in 1997, and in the three years that
    followed served as press official in the Foreign Ministry Commissioner’s Office in Hong Kong.

    Jane holds a Master of Public Administration from Princeton University and degrees from Peking University and Xiamen University.

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  • Ethan Cramer-Flood (Associate Director of The Conference Board)

    Ethan Cramer-Flood

    Associate Director of The Conference Board

    Ethan Cramer-Flood is the associate director of The Conference Board’s China Center for Economics and Business. Based in New York City, he helps direct the Beijing-based China Center and supports The Conference Board’s Asia-based operations in Hong Kong and Singapore. Cramer-Flood is responsible for building and driving the China Center’s expertise and thought leadership on China’s position in the international political economy and for engaging Conference Board member companies and the media on the topics of geopolitical risk and international affairs with regard to China and Asia.

    Previously Cramer-Flood served as a professor of International Relations at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, where he specialized in international relations theory and US foreign policy and conducted research on US-China relations. He holds an MS in global affairs from NYU, where his research focused on China’s engagement with Africa, Chinese foreign policy in general, and global scenario-based planning. Cramer-Flood has been published numerous times in academic and scholarly journals focusing on international affairs, and has appeared in media in China and the US both on-screen and in print. He earned his BA in history from
    Haverford College.

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  • Xin Wang (Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Certified Public Accountants LLP Beijing Branch)

    Xin Wang

    Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Certified Public Accountants LLP Beijing Branch

    Mr. Wang is a director of Deloitte’s International Tax Services Group with over 18 years of tax experience.
    Before joining the Tianjin tax team, Mr. Wang worked for the Asia headquarters of a Fortune 50 MNC as the Asia Pacific Tax Senior Manager
    For over 7 years, Mr. Wang worked for the Washington National Tax, Deloitte’s premier think-tank in Washington D.C., specializing in US tax research for enterprises in the power and utilities industry and providing expert advice on complicated tax issues for some of the Firm’s largest clients. He has in-depth knowledge about U.S. Federal corporate income tax, tax accounting methods, tax audit for regulated public utilities, tax planning for fixed assets, tax incentives and investment structures of renewable energy sources, etc. He’s also a key member of Deloitte’s outbound tax services group in North China, helping primarily Chinese companies on structuring cross-border deals.
    Mr. Wang graduated from China University of Political Science and Law, majoring in International Economic Law. He received his L.L.M from Georgetown University Law Center. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

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