Most US firms in China and Chinese firms in US inclined to stay despite geopolitical concerns

Only 4.3 percent of AmCham Shanghai's members plan to move part of their operations back to the US.

Two surveys show that most US firms in China and Chinese firms in the US are adapting to the volatile geopolitical situation and very few companies have plans to leave or move their production and supply chains to other countries.

The American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai's annual report on Wednesday showed that 92.1 percent of its 346 members said they do not have plans to leave China. Only 5.1 per cent of companies with global revenues over US$500 million plan to leave the country.

Among the respondents, almost two-thirds said China-US tensions were their biggest worry, the first time bilateral issues have led the poll, and well ahead of the second biggest concern: domestic competition, on 58 percent.

"COVID-19 hit the Chinese economy hard in early 2020, but the recovery was quick, especially in certain industries," said Ker Gibbs, president of AmCham Shanghai. "American companies still see China's consumer market as a great opportunity."

In 2019, 78.2 percent of companies reported profits marginally ahead of recent years despite a rise in China-US tensions. In addition, nearly half reported their 2019 China revenue growth were higher than in the rest of the world.

The member survey included questions about company performance, economic outlook, investment, operational challenges, hiring conditions and trade policy and tariffs.

In a separate survey made by the China General Chamber of Commerce-USA (CGCC), 95 percent of Chinese firms in the US have no plan to leave US market and 70 percent of them said they didn't cancel or delay their investment in the US.

According to Xu Chen, the chairman of CGCC, most Chinese firms in the US believe the two countries are mutually beneficial and interdependent.