Our Presence in China

The Bay Area’s expansive global ties are a major contributor to the region’s economic and job growth. Over the last decade, the Bay Area Council has established offices in two provincial capitals in China: Beijing and Shanghai, and built an extensive, sub-national government relations network.

Dedicated experts in our two foreign offices provide concierge services to businesses throughout California and China to forge cross-border trade and investment deals.

With Beijing acting as the research and trade bureau, our office in the Yangtze Delta provides foundational services for business development expansion The Council’s headquarters in Shanghai can serve as a valuable landing pad for companies entering China and offers office space, a range of advisory and administrative services, and quick access to the Yangtze Delta region.

In 2018, the Yangtze Delta region’s economy exceeded USD 3 trillion and surpassed the output of rivals Beijing-Tianjin-Hubei development zone and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area combined. Powered by cities like Shanghai, Nanjing, and Hangzhou, the region alone accounted for 23 percent of China’s national economy.

Beyond this economic hub, the Council’s direct ties with partners throughout the country, including in Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Guangzhou – key cities of the Greater Bay Area innovation ecosystem – and Chengdu in the nation’s West, provide additional resources for businesses looking to explore the overall market.




Policy Leads

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Alex Foard

Senior Director, Global Business Development

(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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Laurent Arribe

Senior Global Initiatives Manager

(415) 946-8743

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Karina Salomatina

Global Marketing and Projects Manager


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Xiaocan Wang

Global Initiatives Manager

+86 10.5870.0176

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