2020-09-10 星島日報 七成受訪在華美企 不願撤離中國（睇下面英文原文似乎係近八成，78.6%）
AmCham Shanghai released its bilingual 2020 China Business Report on September 9, one of the longest running surveys of US business in China. This year’s survey was conducted between June 16 and July 16, 2020, and reflects the views and insights of 346 members. It measured trends in company performance, investment, the revenue impact of COVID-19, supply chain and sourcing movements, staff retention in light of US-China relations, as well as Chinese companies’ competitive advantages. The survey was conducted with the support of PwC China.
This year’s report shows that despite a rise in US-China tensions and a slowing economy in 2019, American businesses in China remained profitable, with 78.2% of companies reporting profits last year, marginally ahead of recent years. However, the global COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in early 2020 has impacted investment plans as well as profit expectations for the rest of the year. Nearly half (49.2%) of companies expect their China revenues to be lower than 2019 revenues, although a surprising 32.5% of companies expect 2020 revenues will be greater than in 2019.
Companies remain committed to the China market, with 78.6% of companies reporting no change in their investment allocations, a 5.1 percentage point increase compared to 2019. However, the percentage of those planning to increase their investment in China dropped from 47.2% in 2019 to 28.6% this year. One reason for the lower investments may be the mounting US-China trade tensions, which 26.9% of respondents expect to last indefinitely.
China’s regulatory environment continues to improve, particularly in areas such as obtaining required licenses, which this year 40.6% of companies said was difficult, down from 56.7% last year. Lack of IP protection and enforcement remain a top concern for members, with 53.6% of respondents citing it as a hindrance.
This year’s survey was conducted between June 16 and July 16, 2020. Companies remain committed to the China market, with 78.6% of companies reporting no change in their investment allocations.