For the past two decades, AmCham China's Business Climate Survey has served to take an annual pulse check on the business environment in China. The 2020 edition is especially relevant for Phase One trade deal implementation and future negotiations.

With the participation of roughly half of our member companies, the 2020 report represents diverse views from all major sectors. The report covers a wide variety of topics including investment trends and forecasting, innovation and intellectual property, regulatory developments, and the impact of the US-China bilateral trade tensions. To better understand certain practical impediments to business operations, the report also includes results from newly added questions regarding capital controls, party cell requirements and the impending corporate social credit system (SCS).

Please join us for a special Web-launch on March 10, 2020 to learn key findings from our survey results and the implications for your business operations in China. The presentation of key findings will be followed by a panel discussion with senior member executives.

Special attention:

  • The event is off-the-record. If you are interested in attending this event, please register and pay online by noon March 9. For any registration-related questions, please feel free to contact Aidan Sarazen at asarazen@amchamchina.org.
  • Since this is an online event, conference access link will be shared at noon, March 9. Please make sure both your camera and microphone are off for the entire event.
  • If you filled out the 2020 China Business Climate Survey, we thank you for your participation. Please look out for an email that will contain a discount code for this event.

For any media inquiries, please sign up here and email Mark Dreyer at mdreyer@amchamchina.org.


10:00 AM - 10:05 AM
Welcoming remarks
10:05 AM - 10:30 AM
Survey presentation
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM


  • Greg Gilligan (Chairman at AmCham China)

    Greg Gilligan

    Chairman at AmCham China

    Greg Gilligan joined the PGA TOUR in late 2013 as Vice President and is the lead executive in China serving as PGA TOUR China Managing Director. Currently Chairman Emeritus, Mr. Gilligan served in an elected capacity as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, as an officer for four consecutive terms from 2011 – 2014.

    Prior to the PGA TOUR Mr. Gilligan was the Managing Director of APCO Worldwide’s Beijing office. He joined APCO after serving as General Manager of Corporate Affairs for McDonald’s (China) Co., Ltd., where he developed and executed strategies to enhance McDonald's brand and corporate image among China’s regulatory bodies, consumers and other key stakeholders. Prior to that role he served as McDonald’s China’s General Manager for Southeast China.

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  • Alan Beebe (President at AmCham China)

    Alan Beebe

    President at AmCham China

    Alan Beebe was appointed President of the American Chamber of Commerce in China on Mar. 14, 2016.

    Alan was an Executive Director based in Beijing, leading EY China’s Cleantech and Supply Chain and Operations (SC&O) practices. His clients include major global corporations, primarily diversified industrials and high-technology companies operating in China.

    Prior to joining EY, Alan held Executive positions with the China Greentech Initiative (CGTI), IBM, and management consulting firms AT Kearney and PRTM. He has twenty years of management consulting experience in the US, China and other Asian countries helping clients develop and implement sound business, operations and technology strategies. At EY China, he helps global clients transform their business models to drive new revenue opportunities and preserve profitability in China’s changing economic climate.

    From 2010 to 2013, Alan was a Managing Director with CGTI, a collaboration platform serving over 50 international energy and environmental companies. At CGTI, he led advisory services and strategic research across all major areas of energy and cleantech. In 2014, CGTI merged with the Paulson Institute, founded by Hank Paulson.

    Alan holds a Master’s degree from Yale University in International Relations and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the United States. He is a Board of Advisor of the Yale Club of Beijing and in that capacity promotes academic and cultural exchanges between the United States and China. Alan has lived in China since 2002 and speaks Chinese fluently.

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  • Xiaoping Yang (President of BP China at BP (China) Holdings Limited Beijing Branch)

    Xiaoping Yang

    President of BP China at BP (China) Holdings Limited Beijing Branch

    Dr. Xiaoping Yang is Chairman and President of BP China.

    Dr. Yang, since joining BP in 1990 in the US, has accumulated extensive business insights and industry experience on a number of managerial roles in areas of technology, environment and safety, M&A, Commercial and Finance.

    Dr. Yang returned to China in 2004 and has since held various executive roles within the petrochemical business, including HR, Planning, Technical and Quality. Since 2011, Dr. Yang has been sitting on Boards of Directors and taking executive management roles in different BP entities, including the Director of Human Resource in Asia for BP’s olefin derivatives business, the Director of QSE (Quality, Safety & Environment) for Secco Director and General Manager of the BP-Sinopec (Zhejiang) Petroleum Company Ltd. (BPSNP), a fuel marketing joint venture between BP and Sinopec, from 2011 to 2014; Chairperson of BP Zhuhai Chemical Company Limited and Director of BP Asia Limited; President of Aromatics Asia; President Commissioner of PT BP Petrochemicals Indonesia; and Deputy General Manager of Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical Company Limited. She was appointed, effective November 2016, President of BP China and Chairperson of BP (China) Holdings Limited, located in Beijing.

    Dr. Yang holds an MBA degree from the University of Chicago and a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.

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  • Min Qin (Vice President for Public Affairs at Mars China)

    Min Qin

    Vice President for Public Affairs at Mars China

    Min Qin is Vice President for Public Affairs of Mars China. She joined Mars in 2018 and leads Mars’ efforts to build and grow strategic partnerships with key public stakeholders at both central and local levels, conduct policy advocacy in key categories Mars operates in, formulate public affairs strategies, and protect and promote Mars’ corporate reputation.

    Prior to joining Mars, Min worked with Fonterra and McKinsey, building and leading their external affairs function in Greater China.

    Min holds a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University and a BA from Foreign Affairs College in China. She was nominated a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum in 2006.

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  • Brent Young (Vice President, Intel Corporation Director, China Corporate Strategy Office of Intel China)

    Brent Young

    Vice President, Intel Corporation Director, China Corporate Strategy Office of Intel China

    Brent A. Young is vice president of Intel Corporation and managing director of the China Corporate Strategy Office at Intel China. He is responsible for defining and driving Intel’s China strategies including partnerships, business growth, and reputational strategies in China.

    Previously, Young was managing director of China Tech Ecosystem (CTE) Sales and China Product Marketing Group. He led Intel’s overall product marketing in China as well as sales, customer, and go-to-market strategies in the CTE. During his tenure as managing director, the CTE sales team received the company’s highest honor, the Intel Achievement Award, for quickly ramping the ecosystem and shaping the nature of the tablet market toward Intel.

    Young joined Intel in 2006 as an open source software strategist before holding a number of management positions leading effective product marketing and sales strategies. He also served as technical assistant and chief of staff to Tom Kilroy, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s Sales and Marketing Group. Prior to joining Intel, he spent 5 years developing core product features and strategic marketing plans in various software engineering positions at Curl Corporation and ShoppingList.com.

    He is a member of Montage Technology Group Limited’s board of directors, an executive-in-residence at Tsinghua University’s X-labs incubator, and an active startup private investor.

    Young earned both bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Computer Science from Cornell University and received an MBA specializing in strategy, marketing, and finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

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  • Lester Ross (Partner at Wilmer Hale)

    Lester Ross

    Partner at Wilmer Hale

    As Chair of AmCham China Policy Committee and Insurance Forum, Les Ross is a longstanding leader of the American business and legal communities in China and in frequent contact with government officials and other stakeholders.

    Mr. Ross concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions and regulatory matters and has experience in a broad range of industries. He has represented both foreign and local companies and has particular experience advising foreign companies on competition law and regulatory compliance in China.

    Mr. Ross represents foreign companies in their strategic expansion in China through direct investments and mergers and acquisitions in industries ranging alphabetically from agriculture to water services. He also has extensive experience representing foreign banks and corporations, including Chinese entities, in their strategic expansion in the United States, particularly focusing on M&A and regulatory clearances and compliance. He has also represented clients in trade, dispute resolution and regulatory matters in China.

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  • Sitao Xu (Moderator) (Chief Economist/Partner at Deloitte China)

    Sitao Xu (Moderator)

    Chief Economist/Partner at Deloitte China

    Xu Sitao is Chief Economist and Partner of Deloitte China, spearheading Deloitte's economic and industry research. Prior to Deloitte, he was Chief Representative of China and EIU forecasting director at the Economist Group from 2004 to 2014.

    Sitao worked for MMS International of Standard and Poor’s Group in Singapore as the Economist for Indonesia, Korea and Thailand in 1995. He joined Standard Chartered Bank as Regional Treasury Economist in 1996. From 2000 to 2002, he was Societe Generale’s Chief Economist for Asia. In 2003, he became the Head of Economics of ICBC (Asia).

    Sitao has written for YaleGlobal Online, the Asian Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Caijing, Caixin and 21st Century Business Herald. He appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg, CCTV, and other TV shows as a commentator on China. He is on the Speaker Retainer Program for the Virginia-based CFA Institute, and is often invited by leading MNCs to their board rooms, to present key issues on China.

    Sitao holds a B.A. in Economics from Peking University, a M.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut, and a M.S. in Finance from Boston College. He was a visiting scholar at Hoover Institution at Stanford University in 2012. He is also a guest professor at the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University.

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