Bridging Two Economies

The Bay Area Council’s experience and unique legacy in China have made it a statewide leader in subnational government relations and an invaluable business development resource for our region. In 2013, in partnership with Governor Jerry Brown and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), the Council leveraged its position in China to facilitate the opening of the California-China Office of Trade and Investment.

The Council bridges the two economies by providing business development and government relations services to Bay Area entrepreneurs and businesses that wish to access the Chinese market, and by helping elected officials and regional governments understand and engage with Chinese counterparts.

Our services:

1. Company registration services in China

  • Introductions to key Chinese government officials, potential stakeholders and customers
  • Negotiation of special policies and benefits
  • Handling company registration paperwork
  • Site selections for new enterprises
  • After-registration assistance

2. Hosting annual California Pavilion at the China International Import Expo (CIIE)

3. China-based concierge services

  • Planning itinerary and logistics for delegations and business trips to China
  • Translation of marketing materials, business cards and presentations
  • Organization of one-on-one meetings
  • Translation services during negotiation and meetings
  • Coaching on Chinese business etiquette and customs

4. Educational business briefings and virtual forums about US-China issues

For groups visiting the Bay Area we offer the following services:
  1. Delegation planning and hosting
  2. Business briefings (e.g. Bay Area Economic Profile, Silicon Valley Innovation System)
  3. Introduction to business leaders and strategic partners



Policy Leads

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Alex Foard

Senior Director, Global Business Development

(415) 946-8723

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Karina Salomatina

Global Marketing and Projects Manager


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Laurent Arribe

Senior Global Initiatives Manager

(415) 946-8743

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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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Xiaocan Wang

Global Initiatives Manager

+86 10.5870.0176

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