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Interview with Siva Yam: What to Expect from China's Economy in 2017

Paul Nash, February 27, 2017, Diplomatic Courier

 

A Conversation with Siva Yam, President, U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce

 

Mr. Yam, What do you think we can expect from China's economy in 2017?

 

Siva Yam: [The year] 2017 will likely prove to be another challenging year for China's economy.  Its performance this year will depend very much on whether or not the global recovery can improve China's exports....

 

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Whiteside County exploring trade opportunities with China

Pam Eggemeier, February 8, 2017, saukvalley.com

 

MORRISON- Whiteside County's Economic development director is taking the phrase "think globally, act locally" to heart....

 

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Xinhua 

 

The Impact of President-Elect Trump’s Proposed Tax and Interest Rate Policy on China’s Inbound Investments:  In response to an interview request by a Chinese news agency about the impacts of President-elect Trump’s tax and interest rate policy on Chinese FDIs in the US, Siva Yam, President of the US-China Chamber of Commerce states as below.

 

今年上半年,中国企业在美投资再创新高,特朗普的减税、加息政策可能不但吸引美国海外投资回流,也会吸引更多中国企业来美投资。依您来看,这对中国经济将产生怎样影响?影响有多大?中国应该如何应对?

 

In the first half of this year, Chinese FDIs in the US have reached new highs.  President-elect Trump's proposed tax cut, interest rate policy may not only attract the return of US overseas investments but also attract more Chinese enterprises to invest in the United States. How will this affect the Chinese economy? How much impact will it have? How should China respond?

 

Indeed, the first six months of Chinese investments in the US have exceeded what they did in total for the whole year of 2015.  There are many reasons for that: Chinese government is changing its policy and has encouraged Chinese companies going out.  Second, the dramatic slowdown in China’s economy has forced Chinese companies to go overseas as there are not many good investment opportunities in China. Third, the unique imbalance in Chinese stock market has led to many Chinese companies to go overseas to acquire companies to boost their earnings and realize a high market valuation due to high P/E multiples (and cash out before the stock market turns to normality). Fourth, the continued unclear China’s political and social situation has led many investors to go overseas for diversification of their wealth.  Fifth, many financial services companies went to China (an increase in financial services companies going to China) to lure Chinese investors to come to the US, particularly after the financial crisis as they found that the securities laws in Asia are so lax as compared to the US.  Trump’s policy will not have much impact on Chinese investments in the US. The key holder is Chinese government.  If Chinese government does not have foreign exchange control, then you will see a surge in investments from China to the US.  US companies are not going to China to invest because of the maturity of China’s economy regardless of what Trump’s policy is. The Chinese market is known, and the manufacturing cost is rising without parallel increase in productivity.  Further, Chinese companies have become competitive domestically in China.  The key is what control the Chinese government will do to slow down or stop the outflow of capital.  It is the card that the Chinese government is holding.  Capital and human resources flights are NOT good for China.  China is losing for future growth.  Many overseas investments and acquisitions by Chinese companies are money losing propositions.  They pay too much, and do not know how to manage.  They apply the Chinese model to manage companies in the US.  Further, their main goal is to diversify their portfolios not to realize profits. This is further complicated by the fact that Chinese overseas investments are going in the wrong directions.  Chinese companies and investors focus too much on real estate, not strategic investments except for the recent acquisition of GE’s home appliances by Haier and the continued investments in R&D in the US by Huawei.  Real estate is for stability and returns but will not enhance the competitiveness of Chinese companies in their core competencies in the global market. For instance, a well-known Chinese auto parts company is changing its focus from auto parts to real estate in the US.  Chinese companies call themselves multinational companies, but in fact, they are domestic companies with operations overseas. 

The Chinese government should encourage Chinese companies to stay focused in expanding their businesses in China with a focus on R&D, higher value added products and manufacturing technology.  It should also persuade them to ride on the Chinese economy.  In fact, almost every Chinese company prospers because of the domestic market in China. These include Baidu; Alibaba; Wanda ... none of those really make money overseas.  Further, the legal system needs to be more transparent to give its citizens and investors confidence.

 

More and more American companies have decided their big China opportunity is over

Evelyn Cheng, December 8, 2016, CNBC

 

For a long time, a lot of American companies saw China as the world's biggest business opportunity.  But that time may be over......

 

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Trump picks 'old friend' of Prez Xi as US envoy to China

December 8, 2016 , Deccan Herald 

 

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to be the next US Ambassador to China, choosing an "old friend" of Beijing, after upsetting the Communist giant by his protocol-shattering talk with the Taiwanese president.......

 

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驻芝加哥总领事洪磊在芝加哥中美总商会“抓住中国经济转型机遇”专题年会上发表主题演讲

October 24, 2016

 

2016年10月24日,驻芝加哥总领事洪磊在芝加哥中美总商会(United States of America-China Chamber of Commerce)举行的第十七届中美经贸研讨会上发表题为《中国经济发展新趋势与中美合作新机遇》的主题演讲......

 

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On China's Business Culture -Interview with Siva Yam, President of US-China Chamber of Commerce

Paul Nash, August 31, 2016, Diplomatic Courier

 

Paul Nash: Mr. Yam, you have long felt that CHina's buisness culture must change.  How must it change? And what do you think will it take to bring about such change?

 

Siva Yam: China's economic model, engineering 40 years ago by the country's former paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, Mao Zedong's sucessor, reignited the Chinese entrepreneurial spirit......

 

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