President’s Message

China’s Economy Needs Concrete Reform

This Op-Ed was published originally in the Wall Street Journal, Asia Edition, on 19th September 2017

President’s Foreword: EU-China Summitry, Sustainability and Such

I have now had the pleasure of serving as President of the Chamber for just over two months. During this time, I have met with many members and going forward I hope to learn more about the opportunities and challenges you face in the Chinese…

The Necessity of Compliance

The European Chamber has long been established as an influential institution that makes a real difference in improving the business climate for European companies in China. I was therefore honoured and humbled when the members of the Chamber elected me as the new president on…

President’s Forward: the European Chamber on China Manufacturing 2025

Xi Jinping promised the World Economic Forum in January that China would resist the global trend toward protectionism and champion economic globalisation . While the Chinese president’s message was welcome, the reality is that Beijing has doubled down on industrial policy that might damage its own…

Cybersecurity’s Impact on European (and Chinese) Business

On 7th November, 2016, the Chinese authorities passed a new Cybersecurity Law that will have significant ramifications for the operations of European businesses

SMEs in China: New Opportunities and Old Challenges

The European Chamber has long advocated for the interests of European SMEs in China. In the EU they are important sources of employment – over the past five years, SMEs have created around 85 per cent of new jobs and provided two-thirds of total private…

HR (really) matters

With China facing economic headwinds that are unlikely to dissipate any time soon, 2016 has seen the growth rate of domestic investment by private Chinese enterprises decelerate rapidly. As a result of both market forces and ongoing restrictions, EU investment into China is also roughly…

China Can’t Afford To Delay Reforms

Hopes that China will follow through on plans for urgently needed economic reforms are receding.

More Consumers, More Choices and More Opportunities

The European Chamber has followed with great interest two recent legal developments that can positively impact consumer rights in China: the Consumer Safety Law and the new Food Safety Law. Updated in 2013, the former includes stronger rights for consumers to return faulty products and…

Does Made in China 2025 Mean Not Made by Europeans?

The Chinese Government understands that in order to ensure continued economic growth and raise living standards its economy must ascend the value chain, so it came as no surprise when the State Council announced the Made in China 2025 initiative (2025 initiative) during the first…