US firms say air pol­lu­tion, rules are prob­lems

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

Chronic air pol­lu­tion and un­clear reg­u­la­tions are the ma­jor ob­sta­cles for most of the United States-based com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing in China, a sur­vey said.

Of the 477 com­pa­nies that par­tic­i­pated in the an­nual busi­ness cli­mate sur­vey by the Amer­i­can Cham­ber of Com­merce in China, 53 per­cent said that they ex­pe­ri­enced dif­fi­cul­ties in hir­ing se­nior ex­ec­u­tives to work in China be­cause of the coun­try’s chronic air pol­lu­tion.

This is the first time that air pol­lu­tion has been cited as a rea­son by most of the com­pa­nies that have par­tic­i­pated in the sur­vey’s 17-year his­tory.

This year’s re­port, con­ducted in part­ner­ship with Bain & Co, also said reg­u­la­tory con­cerns were high­lighted as in­con­sis­tent and un­clear reg­u­la­tions were found to be the sec­ond­biggest busi­ness chal­lenge, af­ter la­bor costs.

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