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 2019 edition is especially relevant as the 90-day US-China trade negotiations are coming to a close and we hope that the results will help trade negotiators from both sides better understand how our 900 member companies are doing in China.

We are pleased to have partnered with Deloitte China on this year's report. Thanks to the participation of roughly half of our member companies, this year's report represents diverse views from member companies from all major industry sectors. The report covers a wide variety of topics including investment trends and forecasting, innovation and intellectual property, regulatory developments, and the impact of tariffs and bilateral trade tensions.

Please join us at Kowloon Ballroom, 4F, Kerry Hotel in Beijing on February 26, 2019 for a special luncheon event to hear highlights from our survey results and the implications for your business operations in China.

Special attention:

If you are interested in attending this event, please register and pay online before noon February 21. Please note that we do NOT accept any walk-ins or door payments for this event. For any questions, please feel free to contact Chloe Ma at cma@amchamchina.org.

*Please note that Pre-Event Access (PEA) is NOT eligible for this event.

Press conference will be held at 10AM, February 26, 2019 at Kerry Hotel in Beijing. For media registration, please click here.


11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration and networking
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 12:35 PM
Welcoming remarks
12:35 PM - 1:00 PM
Report presentation
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Panel discussion and Q&A


  • Tim Stratford (Chairman at AmCham China)

    Tim Stratford

    Chairman at AmCham China

    Tim Stratford is Chairman at AmCham China and 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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  • 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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  • Gloria Xu (General Manager, Greater China at Dow Chemical)

    Gloria Xu

    General Manager, Greater China at Dow Chemical

    Gloria Xu is Public and Government Affairs General Manager, Greater China, Dow Chemical, responsible for the company’s policy advocacy, government engagement, and strategic communications in the Greater China region. Prior to joining Dow, she led the China government affairs functions of DuPont and Standard Chartered Bank respectively for over 10 years with rich experiences in policy development and regulatory issues.
    Gloria was China Public Relations Manager of Alibaba.com Group and helped build up brand awareness of the company at its start-up stage at the beginning of this century.
    From 1993 to 2000, Gloria was a political correspondent with China Daily, covering legislative and foreign affairs, military, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan news.
    She is a board member of China American Chamber of Commerce and Deputy Secretary General of Multinational Companies Committee, China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation.
    Gloria graduated from Nanjing University with a BA in English Language and Literature.

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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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  • Roberta Lipson (CEO of United Family Healthcare)

    Roberta Lipson

    CEO of United Family Healthcare

    Roberta Lipson is CEO and founder of United Family Healthcare (UFH). She has over 30 years of experience as a pioneer in the healthcare industry in China. She originally co-founded United Family Healthcare’s predecessor company Chindex in 1981, expanding the business from China’s top medical equipment distribution company into China’s first and largest foreign-invested healthcare system. After almost two decades, UFH has established itself with hospitals and clinics in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuxi, Tianjin, Qingdao, and Nanjing as the provider of choice for those seeking premium, personalized healthcare. United Family Healthcare was rated in 2016 as “The Most Trusted Healthcare Brand of China” by the Chinese Business Journal.

    Ms.Lipson is an active leader in the business community in Beijing, having served as a director of the U.S. China Business Council, as well as 4 successive terms on the Board of tGovernors of the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham), and as Co-Chair of the AmCham Healthcare Forum. She also chairs the Board of the United Foundation for China’s Health (UFCH), and is a co- founder of Beijing’s Jewish Community, Kehillat Beijing. Because of her outstanding contribution in China, Roberta Lipson received “The Great Wall Friendship Reward”, the highest honor that Beijing government gives to foreign experts in Beijing. In 2014 Roberta was honored by AMCHAM as the inaugural recipient of the China Pioneer Award. She was named as a “Top 10 Business Leader of China” by Sina.com in 2015, and earlier she led the company to win the U.S. State Department ACE Award for Corporate Excellence. Ms. Lipson holds a BA from Brandeis University and an MBA from Columbia University.



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  • Ying Yang (VP, Strategy & Business Development, Greater China at Pfizer)

    Ying Yang

    VP, Strategy & Business Development, Greater China at Pfizer

    Ying has over 17 years of pharmaceutical industry experience spanning across commercial, development and manufacturing. As Worldwide Business Development Lead for Asia, Ying is responsible for accelerating mid-to-long-term revenue and profitability growth in China and Japan by developing strategy, and identifying, analyzing, and prioritizing organic and inorganic business opportunities, as well as executing new initiatives and partnerships to drive growth for Pfizer Asia. The functions she oversees include strategy, business development, and commercial development.

    Ying leads the Asia Business Development with her rich and diversified experience and capabilities gained from local and global markets. In the past 2.5 years, she has been based in China as the Strategy & Business Development Lead, and Chief of Staff for the Greater China Region. Before that, Ying worked in the Pfizer US Headquarters for 12 years. Back in New York she was the Global Lead for Commercial Decision Analytics, BAI between 2014 and 2016, managing a global best-in-class-talent team that provides advanced analytics-based business insight, such as forecast, promotional sensitivity (ROI), digital, and field force analytics, to Pfizer’s business units across the regions. Prior to that, she was Sr. Director and Asia Lead with Pfizer Consulting & Execution (PCE). In that role she created the internal consulting team in Asia to support business transformations and strategy executions for commercial leaders. During her 5 years with PCE she also led multiple development projects, including the China Post Approval Commitment project, and the Quality Risk Management and Quality Performance Reporting for clinical development. Before the PCE role she worked in PGS as a Six Sigma Lead and also in WRD as a statistician. Ying started her career with Abbott Labs in an internal consulting group.

    Ying holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Fudan University in Shanghai.

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

    Sitao Xu

    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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  • Kevin Li (Risk Advisory/Partner at Deloitte China)

    Kevin Li

    Risk Advisory/Partner at Deloitte China

    Kevin is a partner in the Deloitte Risk Advisory Services, specialized on market risk and capital market solution consulting service. Kevin has more than 16 years of experience in financial industry, includes product development, risk management and trading desk management in financial market. He has served for a long time in Wall Street, specializing in fixed income credit derivative analysis, front office trading system design and implementation, risk management platform implementation. Before China, Kevin served as team lead for Citigroup Capital Markets’ FICC credit derivative front office model and analysis team and Barclays Capital’s fixed income credit derivative business in New York.
    Mr. Li is a certified financial analyst (CFA) charter holder and CFA level III exam grader, a financial risk manager (FRM). He is the President of Columbia Alumni Association of Beijing and a member of Alumni Representation Committee.

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