Both President Obama and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will be keeping one eye on their legacies during next week's extensive state visit. The trip will have implications for US businesses, as well.
Marc Ross, co-founder and partner at Caracal Strategies, agrees the Seattle trip may provide China with some positive news for the business community in the US, but he questions the extent of its scope.
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Ross notes a recently released Pew Research Center survey shows 54% of Americans have an unfavorable view of China, as opposed to 38% who have a favorable opinion. The survey also found that six-in-10 Republicans (63%) give China an unfavorable rating, as compared with 51% of independents and 50% of Democrats.
"I think there are a lot of Americans that want to be positive about
In a memo to clients, he urged them to place op-
Looking 18 to 39 months out, he also suggests businesses, among other organizations, launch a China executive exchange or sabbatical program and build a government-relations program with an emphasis on the US-China relationship to US commerce.
"The engagement right now is happening at such a high, elite level that it is frankly hard for the average American to feel connected with it," states Ross.