In this podcast interview, Kenneth Jarrett, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, discusses China’s economy, current economic data and the business climate in China in a conversation with National Committee President Stephen Orlins on May 5, 2016 in New York City. Mr. Jarrett also remarks on what American companies can expect in navigating the Chinese market as global and internal economic factors affect the U.S. and Chinese economies.
Kenneth Jarrett became president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai in September 2013. Prior to that he was the Greater China chairman for APCO Worldwide, a public affairs consultancy (2008-2013), and before that a U.S. diplomat (1982-2008). During his 26-year diplomatic career, Mr. Jarrett’s postings included consul general in Shanghai, deputy consul general in Hong Kong, and director of Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council. He also served in Beijing, Chengdu, and Singapore, and had several assignments in Washington, DC. Mr. Jarrett has degrees from Cornell University, Yale University and the National War College. He is the recipient of the Magnolia Award (Silver) from the Shanghai government and is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is the leading nonprofit nonpartisan organization that encourages understanding of China and the United States among citizens of both countries.