Increasing Bilateral Trade and Investment

International ties have long been a major contributor to economic growth in the Bay Area. Foreign STEM talent, international trade, expansion into global markets, and international investments in the Bay Area are essential to our region’s continued prosperity. Today, as in the earliest days of our region’s development, China is a critical part that prosperity and the Bay Area Council’s China initiative is dedicated to making our relationship with the world’s second largest economy positive and productive.

Over the last decade, the Bay Area Council has established offices in four provincial capitals in China, including Beijing and Shanghai, and built an extensive, sub-national government relations network. We have helped more than 40 Bay Area companies register new enterprises into China while directing investment into the Bay Area. And in 2012 we partnered with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to establish and operate the California-China Office of Trade and Investment in Shanghai.


1. Bridge the gap for small, medium and large San Francisco/Silicon Valley Bay Area companies that wish to access Chinese markets.

2. Build awareness and connection for businesses in Yangpu, Hangzhou, Nanjing, and Beijing.

3. Nurture strong relationships with district governments that grow the business ties between China and the San Francisco/Silicon Valley Bay Area.

4. Serve as a complimentary adjunct of other efforts from the Bay Area to facilitate Chinese expansion and investment into the Bay Area and California.


  • Introductions to key government officials and business leaders
  • Business development and introduction to potential stakeholders and customers
  • Negotiation of special policies and benefits
  • Translation of marketing materials, business cards and presentations
  • Planned logistics for trips, delegations and one-on-one meetings in China and California
  • Translation services during negotiation, introductions and meetings
  • Preparation of required registration documents
  • Tracking registration documents through the government processes to ensure timely results
  • Site selection for new enterprises
  • Coaching on business etiquette and customs

Our Cities

Please click to learn more about our partner Districts: Yangpu District, Shanghai, Future Sci-Tech City Hangzhou, Gulou District, Nanjing, Beijing

Reopening Economies & Shared Lessons from “Life in China” Video Series

The Council’s “Life in China” mini-series aims to offer a glimpse of daily circumstances through footage of public spaces and interviews with people from various socio-economic backgrounds. With the help of Bay Area Council members in China like MEBO International, this effort demonstrates how preventative measures such as regular sanitization, temperature check stations, and social distancing can balance a return to normal life. Click the links below to view the video series.

Video 1
Video 2
Video 3

Committee Chairs

Andrew Giacomini, Managing Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP
Lilly Chung, Partner and West Region Chinese Services Group Leader, Deloitte

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Policy Leads

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Alex Foard

Director of Business Development – Hangzhou & Nanjing

(415) 946-8723

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Jennifer Zou

Vice President of Global Initiatives & Head of Operations, China

+86 21 3518 3690 ext. 602

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Karina Salomatina

Global Marketing and Projects Coordinator


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Laurent Arribe

Global Initiatives Manager

(415) 946-8743

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Xiaocan Wang

Administrative and Operations Associate

+86 10.5870.0176

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