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Join us to hear insights and feedback from this year's annual DC Outreach! We are hosting a panel of delegates from the Doorknock outreach team who will share their thoughts on the current climate in DC and the contours of our meetings with the US government.

Between April 29 and May 3, AmCham China led a delegation of 18 China-based key US business representatives to Washington, DC to meet with members of Congress, administration officials, and think tanks to discuss the business environment in China and to share our thoughts and recommendations on policies impacting US-China economic relations. Our agenda included meetings with the Department of Agriculture, Department of State, Department of Commerce, meetings with 20 Senate offices, 19 House offices, the Chinese Ambassador to the US, CSIS, and the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, among others.

This year also included the 10th China Business Conference, which AmCham China co-hosted with the US Chamber of Commerce. The nearly 2-day conference featured current and former senior government officials, leading business executives, and top economists, academics, and thought leaders discussing economic, political, and regulatory developments affecting American business in China.

This event is a great opportunity to understand and influence AmCham China's US government outreach and we look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Scott at ascott@amchamchina.org or +86 1085190856.


9:30 AM - 10 AM
10 AM - 11:30 AM


  • Timothy Stratford (Chairman at AmCham China)

    Timothy Stratford

    Chairman at AmCham China

    Tim Stratford is the 2019 Chairman of AmCham China, a managing partner in Covington & Burling LLP’s Beijing office and a member of the International Trade, Corporate, and Government Affairs practice groups. Stratford’s practice is focused on advising international clients doing business in China and assisting Chinese companies seeking to expand their businesses globally. As a former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, Stratford is the most senior former U.S. trade official working as a member of the U.S. business community in China. Except for the five years he spent in Washington, D.C. in government service (2005-2010), Stratford has lived and worked continuously in the greater China region since 1982.

    While at USTR, Stratford was responsible for developing and implementing U.S. trade policy toward mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Mongolia. He worked closely with other senior U.S. and Chinese officials from numerous government departments and agencies to address problems encountered by companies engaged in bilateral trade and investment and co-chaired a number of important bilateral working groups and dialogues established under the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade and the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue.

    Prior to serving at USTR, Stratford was General Counsel for General Motors’ China operations, where he was a member of GM’s senior management team in China and oversaw the company’s legal and trade policy work. Stratford also served previously as Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Brigham Young University, and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.

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  • Bill Zarit (Senior Counsel at Cohen Group)

    Bill Zarit

    Senior Counsel at Cohen Group

    William Zarit, based in Beijing, helps Chinese companies invest in the U.S., and advises U.S. companies on working in the Chinese commercial environment.

    Until mid-2014 William was Minister for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, overseeing the U.S. Department of Commerce’s trade promotion and trade policy activities in its operations in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenyang. William is one of only two serving Foreign Commercial Service officers worldwide to have attained the rank of Career Minister, which earned him the lifetime “Honorable” honorific.

    Before that posting to Beijing William was Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Operations, for the U.S. Commercial Service, overseeing Commercial Sections in U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide. Prior to that he served as the U.S. Commercial Service’s Regional Director for East Asia/Pacific. He also served as Deputy Senior Commercial Officer in Taipei and Beijing, and Senior Commercial Officer in Kuala Lumpur.

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  • Randal Phillips (Managing Partner for Asia at Mintz Group)

    Randal Phillips

    Managing Partner for Asia at Mintz Group

    Randal Phillips is a Partner and heads the Mintz Group’s Beijing office and activities across Asia.

    Randy spent 28 years with the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Clandestine Service, most recently serving as the Chief CIA representative in China. He has an extensive background in foreign field operations, policy and program management, and leadership development. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Bahasa Indonesian.

    Randy has lived and traveled throughout China and elsewhere in Asia for the U.S. Government. Additionally, he has managed worldwide and regional programs from Washington. Randy has extensive relationships with officials and business leaders throughout the continent.

    Randy has deep expertise on issues relative to Asia, with particular emphasis on China. This includes an intimate knowledge of the full range of political, economic, trade, investment and security issues involving China, from a bilateral as well as a multilateral perspective. Randy has extensive experience unraveling a variety of complex matters involving finance, trade and fraud.

    Randy has a B.A. in diplomacy and foreign affairs from Miami University, and a Masters of International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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  • Patrick Powers (Director of Government Affairs at Rockwell Automation)

    Patrick Powers

    Director of Government Affairs at Rockwell Automation

    Patrick Powers has 30 years of experience in international commerce, government relations and trade policy, achieved in a career that has spanned Asia but focused primarily on China. He has lived and worked in China for more than 20 years, in addition to assignments in Singapore, Vietnam, and Taiwan.

    He was appointed the Director of Government Affairs for Rockwell Automation China in early 2014. Mr. Powers began his career with Bechtel, Inc., and held successive management positions at Island Creek of China Coal Ltd (Occidental Petroleum), SSM Coal BV, SHV Holdings, Tait Asia Ltd. (Vietnam), Mundoro Mining, Cargill, and Applus+.
    Mr. Powers held the position of Vice President for China Operations at the US-China Business Council, the primary organization dealing with Sino-American commercial matters from 1999 to 2006. In that role, he was responsible for business advocacy and advisory services on behalf of 250 American MNC’s operating in the PRC. Mr. Powers has extensive experience in government relations and communications in China and Asia as well as a background in business development and operations in natural resources, large scale retailing, consumer goods warehousing and distribution.

    He has spoken frequently on China-related topics at international conferences and appeared on numerous occasions in media, including CCTV, CNN, CNBC, and Bloomberg, as well as contributing articles to The China Business Review. He has a BA from San Diego State University and has pursued advanced language and professional development courses At UC Berkeley, National Taiwan Normal University, and Singapore Institute of Management. Mr. Powers is a fluent Mandarin speaker.

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Cardholding Member
Member Price (Pay at the door) RMB 200
Employee of Member Company
Standard Price RMB 250
Door Price RMB 250
Pre Paid Event Access

Cardholding Members

Member Price RMB 900
Pre Paid Event Access

Employee of Member Company

Standard Price RMB 1,100


WeWork Office, Mandela Room

5F Gate 5, Pacific Century Place, 2A Workers’ Stadium North Road, Beijing, PRC, 100027
地址:中国北京市朝阳区工体北路甲2号,盈科中心5号门5层. 100027

Beijing, Chaoyang District, China

If you have any questions please contact Andrew Scott

Contact Organizer

+86 1085190856

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