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Trade war

US companies in China complain of official bias

Executives in survey say unfair treatment inhibits investment

Lobsters imported from the U.S. are prepared at a seafood restaurant in Beijing.
Lobsters imported to China from the U.S.: One executive whose business involves agricultural products said Chinese authorities "make us do various tasks that have no basis in science."   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Chinese government favoritism toward domestic companies in enforcement and market access is holding back investment in the country by U.S. businesses, according to a new survey.

"China has made doing our type of business, which partly involves importing agricultural products into China, more difficult every year since I have been coming to China," said an unnamed senior manager in the survey published on Tuesday by the American Chamber of Commerce in China. "They, the Chinese government, make us do various tasks that have no basis in science. I feel we are at risk."

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