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American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai

American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai website: www.amcham-shanghai.org

"AmCham Shanghai represents 1,400 companies and 3,400 individual members and is growing by an average of 80 new members per month. We are committed to the principles of free trade, open markets, private enterprise and the unrestricted flow of information."

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15 May 2008

News: Foreign Businesses, Organizations Support Disaster Relief

Author: Maria Trombly, Emerging China

Foreign businesses, organizations and embassies reacted quickly after the Monday earthquake with offers of aid and support. On Wednesday, General Electric announced a US$2 million donation...GE has mobilized local field support engineers to help with...

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1 July 2007

Cautious welcome for China labour law

Author: Jamil Anderlini and Geoff Dyer, Financial Times

Foreign chambers of commerce and labour activists...welcomed an overhaul of China’s labour law, but said poor implementation of existing laws meant it was unlikely to improve working conditions in the near future. The law...was passed...just weeks...

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27 June 2007

China due to enact new labor law after heated debate

Author: Associated Press

The law...would set standards for labor contracts, use of temporary workers and severance pay...In April 2006, the government published the first draft of the law and...received more than 190,000 responses from workers and...companies......

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25 April 2007

[PDF] The Chinese draft contract law - a global debate [scroll to pg. 12]

Author: Hélène Ahlberger Le Deunff, in CSR Asia

The responses of European and US industry associations to the draft Chinese labour contract law stirred up a great deal of controversy around the world...As labour activists rightly point out, the image of multinationals as it emerges from the debate...

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3 April 2007

In Fear Of Chinese Democracy

Author: [opinion column] Harold Meyerson, Washington Post

Listen to the apostles of free trade, and you'll learn that once consumer choice comes to authoritarian regimes, democracy is sure to follow... As a theory of revolution, [this] rule leaves a lot to be desired. Shanghai is swimming in Starbucks, yet....

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28 March 2007

China's proposed labour law reform: concerns about US & European industry association lobbying; company responses & non-responses

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited several US & European companies to respond to concerns about the positions taken by industry associations regarding China's proposed labour law reform....

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26 March 2007

New GLS Report: Undue Influence: Corporations Gain Ground in Battle over China's New Labor Law

Author: Global Labor Strategies

A new report by Global Labor Strategies...details how lobbying by American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham), the United States-China Business Council, and U.S.-based global corporations have forced significant changes in contract, collective...

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1 March 2007

China: Global Labor Strategies report follows up on lobbying by intl. firms & US business groups on draft labour law

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1 March 2007

[PDF] Appendices to Undue Influence: Corporations Gain Ground in Battle over China’s New Labor Law

Author: Global Labor Strategies

- "Appendix A: Voices from China" [includes comments by Chinese citizens on draft law]......

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1 March 2007

[PDF] full report: "Undue Influence: Corporations Gain Ground in Battle over China's New Labor Law"

Author: Global Labor Strategies

Corporations operating in China are claiming success in pressuring the Chinese government to weaken or abandon significant pro-worker reforms it had proposed... Now both the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham) and the US-China Business...

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