In light of recent developments between the U.S. and China in export controls, the AmCham China Export Compliance Working Group ("ECWG") would like to invite you to attend the ECWG's next monthly meeting, which we be held on June 20th at AmCham China office. In the meeting, the ECWG will be covering the national security related trade issues that are or would impact foreign companies doing business in China. This will include:

  • Updates regarding ZTE and the U.S. 301 case
  • What to expect from the proposed U.S. Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), U.S. Export Control legislation, and Chinese export regulations

The ECWG is a group of companies dedicated to promoting high-tech trade between the US and China. Established in 2006, the goal of the ECWG is to facilitate growth in civilian high-tech trade between the US and China through the improvement of the export control environment between the two countries. That continues to be ECWG's mission in 2018, and it is actively working on fulfilling that mission by continuing to host seminars, engaging with key industry and government officials, and through the provision of reports to the US government on Chinese market conditions. In addition, this year the ECWG has established China Export Control and Cybersecurity subgroups to better track the rapidly changing regulatory developments in these areas that may impact member companies' operations in China. The ECWG also is continuing to provide members with the means to stay informed on the latest developments in export compliance and controls through its contract with Larkin Trade International (LTI), which provides ongoing analyses of Chinese capabilities in high-tech dual-use industries and the latest developments in export control policy between the US and China.

The ECWG cordially invites AmCham China members who are interested in the ECWG to join this meeting. Sign up and join us NOW!


9 AM - 9:30 AM
9:30 AM - 9:40 AM
Introduction of the ECWG
9:40 AM - 10:40 AM
10:40 AM - 11:30 AM
Q&A and Open Discussion


  • Nic Cao (Export Compliance Manager at VMware Inc.)

    Nic Cao

    Export Compliance Manager at VMware Inc.

    Working from VMware Beijing office, Nic Cao is the Export Compliance Manager responsible for managing and supporting VMware global trade compliance activities.

    Prior to join VMware, Nic worked as the Director responsible for Larkin Trade International (LTI)’s Export Compliance portfolio. Nic leads export control and compliance projects for Chinese and multinational clients in high-tech industries.

    From 2009-2015, Nic develops and delivers training for LTI clients on China, U.S. and other countries/region's Export Controls regulations, writes Export Management Compliance Programs (EMCP/ICP) and helps LTI clients in their implementation, trains professionals to classify products, software and technologies under both Chinese and U.S. export control regulations.

    Nic has also assisted LTI clients in meeting U.S. export compliance requirements by conducting comprehensive due diligence research on parties involved in export transactions, preparing export license applications, and conduct comprehensive audit for EMCP/ICP compliance programs in according with the requirement of Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) under U.S. Department of Commerce.

    Nic engaged with ECWG (Export Compliance Working Group under AmCham) activities since 2010 and recently serves as the Co-chair of the group.

    Nic holds a Master of Arts Degree from University of East Anglia in England. His studies included Econometric Methods and Concepts, International Political Economy, International Business, Multinational Firms and Integrated Marketing Communications. He is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.

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  • John Larkin (President at Larkin Trade International)

    John Larkin

    President at Larkin Trade International

    John Larkin founded Larkin Trade International in June 2005 and has since grown the company into one of the leading providers of trade compliance consulting in China and the Asia Pacific region.

    Prior to founding LTI, John served as the Director for Export Compliance for Veeco Compound Semiconductor, a company that provides compound semiconductor manufacturing equipment for use in the production of light emitting diodes, radio frequency emitters, and solar cells. In this position, John utilized his knowledge of Asian markets and export controls to assist Veeco in addressing its trade issues relating to Asia and other areas of the world, including developing a market strategy in line with export compliance policies, providing guidance on logistics and regulatory issues, and serving as a primary liaison with U.S. and foreign government officials.

    From 2002-2004, John served at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing as the Export Control Attaché and as a Commercial Officer. As the Export Control Attaché John was the Bureau of Industry and Security representative in China serving as the U.S. Government expert on dual-use export controls. In that role, John traveled extensively throughout China conducting site visits at Chinese companies and meeting with provincial Chinese Government officials. John was a primary U.S. Government representative in negotiating a bilateral export control agreement that was concluded in 2004. The Secretary of Commerce awarded John a Gold Medal for his role in these negotiations. As a Commercial Officer, John provided counseling and assistance to U.S. companies on a broad range of trade issues and served clients in various industry sectors, including aerospace, machine tools, nuclear, and IT/Telecom. John authored reports for the Country Commercial Guide for the machine tool and security equipment sectors, among others, as well as program reports on export controls and standards.

    From 1995-2001, John was a Special Agent, first with the U.S. Customs Service in Los Angeles, then with the Dallas Field Office of the Bureau of Industry and Security. As a Special Agent, John conducted administrative and criminal investigations related to U.S. Government trade laws and regulations, including valuation, intellectual properties rights, antidumping, and export controls. From this experience, John became well versed in U.S. and foreign trade laws and regulations. In 2001, the Secretary of Commerce awarded John a Silver Medal for the successful completion of a complex and international investigation.

    John is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1989, M.S. 1989) and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He speaks, reads, and writes Mandarin Chinese.

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