Friday, August 19, 2011

EU, U.S. Perception: "China Is Discriminating". What Are We Going To Do Against It?

US: We have so many
stars, we deserve 

to be treated
accordingly in China
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is visiting China to try to smooth the Sino-Chinese relations (one can argue that the U.S. is borrowing money from China to import from China) and meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping () who is expected to succeed President Hu Jintao () in 2013. With the election coming up in November 2012 their is pressure on the Biden and Obama to show that they can create new jobs to get the U.S. economy going. 


Biden is going to talk also with U.S. and Chinese business leaders. Kate Andersen Brower and Michael Forsythe point out in their Bloomberg article that U.S. business leaders are more worried about the level playing field in China, which includes intellectual property protection and enforcement, than the alleged overvalued Renminbi that makes export to China more expensive. 

""Our members do not think currency is the top issue in our relationship," said Erin Ennis, vice president of the U.S.- China Business Council. Bigger concerns are "level-playing field issues," like opening up the Chinese market to U.S. exports and protecting intellectual property."

Tony Su, corporate vice president and president of DuPont Greater China was quoted saying: "We have a rising concern about IP protection," Su said, adding that it is an especially important consideration for his company, the biggest U.S. chemicals maker by market value and second-biggest seed producer in the world. "The government can be an example to industry that stealing technology will be punished by law."

We have some stars,
please consider
us as stars 
 in China
Surveys in both the EU and U.S. confirm the concern about discrimination of foreign firms in China. When EU business leaders were asked " will the Chinese government have policies in place that discriminate against foreign companies?"in a survey by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, 46 percent (36 percent in 2010) answered "Yes, in the next two years."
And when the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) asked whether China is discriminating against foreign companies with its licensing process, 71 percent answered yes.

It is also interesting to watch the foreign politics strategies play out in regard to China. Is the U.S. strategy, which is arguably more assertive but also more confrontational more effective than the EU strategy that is more constructive but also more passive. I think if the U.S. and EU would coordinate their efforts and come up with a combined good cop bad cop approach, they can attain better results than if they would operate on their own. What do yo think?

Read the Bloomberg article via SF Gate, here

Now That We  Some EU and US business leaders Found Perceive Love Discrimination, What Are We Going To Do With Against It?
We are talking about perception. Now what are we going to do against it? Like each year the European Chamber of Commerce has formulated some interesting suggestions in their 'European Business in China 2011/2012 Position Paper' that will be launched on September 8, 2011 in Beijing and Shanghai. The following subjects, that are all related to intellectual property rights, will be covered:

1. The positive role European companies can play in helping China reach the goals of its 12th Five-Year Plan:
-Developing the service sector
-Enhancing environmentally-friendly and advanced technologies
-Encouraging Innovation
2. An overview of the key themes of recommendations to Chinese policymakers:
-Increasing Market Access
-Enhancing Transparency & Predictability in Legislation
-Improving Regulatory Efficiency
-Encouraging Innovation through Intellectual Property Rights Protection
3. Recommendations to both European and Chinese governments on EU-China commercial relations and the prospects for a bilateral investment treaty.

The Beijing launch of the paper will be held at Kempinski Hotel at 4 o'clock (free for members, 400 Renminbi for non-members) Dirk Moens, secretary general of the Chamber and Davide Cucino president of the Chamber will give a presention, see here. The Shanghai launch will be held at The Westin Bund Centre Shanghai at noon (free for members, 300 Renminbi for non-members) and Piter de Jong, vice president of the Chamber will give a presentation, see here.

Piter de Jong explains in a Squawk Box CNBC interview how the EU companies are missing out on a trillion dollar procurement, he also elaborates on the business confidentiality survey 2011 by the EU Chamber of Commerce in China, see here.

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