[Review] Position Paper – Shanghai Event

Published on 2019-08-23

On 22 August, the British Chamber Shanghai hosted the Position Paper – Shanghai Event.

This inaugural Position Paper presents a strong, united voice on behalf of British businesses operating across mainland China, and represents the first time that British business in China has taken a united stance on the business environment in China.

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BritCham China Former Chairman Nicholas Holt presented an overview of the Position Paper and the six key recommendations, which include Foreign Investment Law, Negative List, Cybersecurity, Intellectual Protection Rights, Licensing and Certification, and Transparency and Consistency. Nicholas also introduced the outcomes of the first ‘door knock’ outreach to London, where a delegation of members of the Chambers presented the Position Paper to a number of key governmental officials in both China and the UK, including:

  • Mr. Hu Chunhua, Vice Premier of China
  • Mr. Yu Yuantang, Deputy Director General, Department European Affairs, Ministry of Commerce of China
  • Madam Bao, Minister Counselor, Chinese Embassy to the UK
  • Mr. Fang, Chairman, Chinese Chamber in the UK
  • Richard Graham MP, Chair of All Party Parliamentary China Group
  • Baroness Fairhead CBE, Minister for Trade and Export Promotion, Department for International Trade
  • Richard Burn, HM Trade Commissioner to China
  • Sir Tom Scholar, Permanent Secretary of HM Treasury
  • Adam Marshall, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce in the UK

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Following Nicholas’s presentation, moderated by Steven Lynch, Managing Director of BritCham China, a panel of experts including Rosie Hawes, Partner at Control Risks, Ray Chisnall, Asia Pacific Regional Director at Gleeds, and St. John Moore, Partner at Brunswick, shared with audience their insights on the challenges and opportunities they observed for British businesses operating in China, the potential impacts under the uncertainty of Brexit and the US-China trade tension, and the role the Position Paper can play to help address the issues that the British businesses faced with. Steven and St. John also shared with members in Shanghai the plan of Position Paper 2020, and how British Chamber Shanghai members can get involved.

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The event was closed by Chris Wood, the new British Consul-General in Shanghai, “The Position Paper is a very timely and important initiative to ensure that the voice of British businesses has been heard by and conveyed to both the UK and Chinese governments. The UK government will continue offering full support to British businesses operating in China, including raising the issues identified in the position paper.  We look forward to the second edition!”

Please follow the links below to download the Position Paper: