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US-China tensions

U.S. companies in China cite political pressure for gloomy outlook

Operators wary of boosting investment in uncertain business environment

Caught in the crosshairs of souring relations between Beijing and Washington, iPhone maker Apple and other U.S. technology companies face growing pressure to curb their reliance on China.    © Reuters

HONG KONG -- U.S. companies operating in China face mounting pressure and risk as tensions between Beijing and Washington fuel uncertainty about the country's business environment, the American Chamber of Commerce China said Tuesday.

In its annual China Business Climate survey, AmCham said 42% of its members reported increased scrutiny over comments they make, or don't make, about politically sensitive issues. More than two thirds cited the Chinese government as the main source of that pressure, followed by China's state-controlled media and the U.S. government.

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