Southwest China Position Paper 2021/2022


The third edition of the Southwest China Position Paper 2021/2022 contains constructive recommendations for both the development of the Chengdu-Chongqing Two-City Economic Circle (Economic Circle) and improving the region’s business environment in general.

In recent years, the Chinese Government has announced several plans aimed at developing the Southwest China region, with the cities of Chengdu and Chongqing designated as key players. These plans include making the two cities and their hinterlands China’s fourth city cluster, and setting up logistics hubs for the Belt and Road Initiative. The report outlines how European businesses can contribute to the region, and the difficulties they currently encounter when trying to do so.

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Shanghai Position Paper 2020/2021


The fourth Shanghai Position Paper 2020/2021 evaluates the local business and regulatory environments for foreign investment in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and makes recommendations to facilitate a swift economic recovery. Touted as a symbol of China’s market liberalisation and the sustained confidence of international investment, in the eyes of the European business community this event has so far amounted to little more than an ambitious trade fair.

With 38 detailed recommendations on how the local government can address the challenges of the local business environment and unlock further development potential, the Shanghai Position Paper has been published in advance of the third China International Import Expo (CIIE). Touted as a symbol of China’s market liberalisation and the sustained confidence of international investment, in the eyes of the European business community this event has so far amounted to little more than an ambitious trade fair.

While European companies are willing to bring more investment to Shanghai and help expand the city’s economy, they must first see concrete changes, not more high-level yet ambiguous plans.

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Nanjing Position Paper 2019/2020


Since the launch of the Nanjing Chapter’s first Nanjing Position Paper in 2017, greater communication between the European business community and the local government has helped to meaningfully improve the local business environment of Nanjing and Jiangsu. With the goal of further advancing this constructive dialogue, the Nanjing chapter and its more than 100 members have launched the second Nanjing Position Paper to identify recently emerged and long-lasting concerns and also propose corresponding recommendations to local and provincial leaders in the following three main areas:

  • The ease of doing business and SME attraction
  • Good governance and Nanjing’s development model
  • Increasing the attractiveness of Nanjing and Jiangsu 

This document forms a critical role in shaping our conversations with the Nanjing and Jiangsu governments, and sets the advocacy agenda of the Nanjing Chapter.

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South China Position Paper 2019/2020


The second edition of the South China Position Paper builds on the success of the first one released in 2015. It compiles the latest assessments and concerns of European businesses operating in South China and offers constructive recommendations to local policy makers. The 2019/2020 edition evaluates the region’s ongoing development and provides recommendations on how the government can create a business environment that facilitates further development and attracts fresh investment.

The South China Position Paper presents key recommendations on three themes: the quality of the business environment and the foundations for its industrial upgrade, the stability of regional human resources, and the attractiveness of the province for foreign investment. Critical as some of the South China Position Paper’s recommendations may seem, they are proposed in an honest effort to improve the business environment in South China for both domestic and foreign companies alike.

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Local Position Papers

The European Chamber’s series of local position papers address the wide range of issues that European businesses face across China’s multifaceted regions. They outline the concerns of our Chamber members in six chapters, and provide tailored recommendations for improving the business, and general, environment. These publications help us to more actively shape opinions at the regional level where the actual implementation, or lack thereof, of government policies directly affects our member companies operating in these locations. This bespoke approach to advocacy is crucial in order to engage local governments in regions that are larger than many European countries.

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Publication title
Shanghai Position Paper 2020/2021 - 中国欧盟商会上海建议书2020/2021
Nanjing Position Paper 2019/2020 - 中国欧盟商会南京建议书2019/2020
South China Position Paper 2019/2020 - 中国欧盟商会华南建议书2019/2020
Southwest China Position Paper 2018/2019 - 中国欧盟商会西南建议书2018/2019
Shanghai Position Paper 2018/2019 - 中国欧盟商会上海建议书2018/2019
Shenyang Position Paper 2017/2018 - 中国欧盟商会沈阳建议书2017/2018
Nanjing Position Paper 2016/2017 - 中国欧盟商会南京建议书2016/2017
Shanghai Position Paper 2016/2017 - 上海建议书2016/2017
Southwest China Position Paper 2015/2016 - 中国欧盟商会西南建议书2015/2016
Tianjin Position Paper 2015/2016 - 中国欧盟商会天津建议书2015/2016
South China Position Paper 2015/2016 - 华南建议书2015/2016
Beijing Position Paper 2015/2016 - 中国欧盟商会北京建议书2015/2016
Shanghai Position Paper 2014/2015 - 上海建议书2014/2015