WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) today opened the ninth meeting of the U.S.-China CEO and Former Senior Officials’ Dialogue. The meeting is being led by U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant and CCIEE Chairman and Former Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan. They are joined by leading CEOs, former cabinet officials, and think tank experts for two days of discussions in Beijing. U.S. delegates also met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang prior to the opening of the Dialogue.
“We appreciate CCIEE Chairman Zeng’s continued partnership and his dedication to using the CEO Dialogue to increase understanding and develop recommendations for our two governments to resolve challenges. There are significant opportunities for cooperation in sectors such as energy, healthcare, finance, and infrastructure that should not be overshadowed by challenges between us,” said Brilliant. “It is critical that both governments use the time left in the 100-day plan to take bold actions that produce meaningful market openings and a more welcoming business environment for companies in both countries.”
The U.S.-China CEO Dialogue is taking place in advance of the second meeting of the Comprehensive Economic Dialogue later this summer in Washington, D.C. The 100-Day Plan announced at the April 2017 Mar-a-Lago Summit between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping will reach its deadline on July 16.
“Conversations between the two governments began on strong footing, but the real work lies ahead. There are significant and escalating concerns with ongoing asymmetries in market access, industrial policies like Made in China 2025, and cyber and data regulations. We hope these issues are addressed quickly,” added Brilliant. “As the memory of WTO accession fades, we urge China to embark on another round of ambitious and far-reaching market-opening reforms that inject greater competition into the domestic economy, advance structural reforms, and support China’s stated commitment to market outcomes and globalization.”
The CEO dialogue is a unique platform for leaders from the business communities in both countries, supported by former top government officials, to engage in discussion of leading economic and commercial policy issues in U.S.-China relations, including two-way investment, infrastructure development, innovation policy, and cyber security.
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