Sanctioned dinner guest Wang Chen could give AmCham China a headache in US

Sanctioned dinner guest Wang Chen could give AmCham China a headache in US

A top Chinese legislator sanctioned by the US joined an annual dinner hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing to celebrate bilateral trade ties in a move that could lead to criticism of the business group in the US.

Wang Chen, vice-chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, was among the 14 high-level Chinese officials targeted in the latest round of sanctions imposed by the Trump administration this week over the national security law in Hong Kong.

Despite the US sanctions, Wang, who is also a Politburo member, was China’s top representative at AmCham China’s Appreciation Dinner, an annual event that brings together US and Chinese officials and businesses.

He called on American businesses to play an active role in repairing ties between the world’s two biggest economies. “[We] hope Amcham China and its member companies will continue to play an active role in promoting the resumption of dialogues between the two countries and work towards rebuilding mutual trust and bringing bilateral relations back on the right track.”