Yan Yu

Head of Government Affairs, Beijing
US-China Business Council


Yan Yu has worked with the US-China Business Council Beijing Office since 2015. She is responsible Yu for government affairs from both policy research and government advocacy perspectives. Yu received her master’s degree in Asian Studies from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her main areas of study were international politics with a focus on China.

Recently, she worked closely with US companies during the COVID-19 epidemic in China to understand operational issues on reopening business and to advocate with the Chinese government on solutions. She wrote a series of issue papers to help the China government focus on specific challenges facing member companies. In one case, an auto-parts company successfully migrated workers from their home villages to the factory without going through extra quarantine days. The factory was able to reopen and manufacture for its clients around the globe.

In another case, a few PPE suppliers were not able to export supplies due to Chinese government’s stringent restrictions. She jumped in to help the USCBC team advocate with Chinese government officials. Eventually, the government released detailed regulations to allow white-listed suppliers to export with relaxed requirements.

Yu likes this role of bridge builder between the US and China. Nowhere is this bridging needed more than between the regulated and regulators, at the intersection where policy, law and business meet. "I helped companies map government interlocutors in specific areas." She loves learning about different industry sectors represented by USCBC members and contributing to the evolution of the regulatory landscape in way that are good for China and for US companies.

When not wearing her figurative bridge-builder hard hat, Yu enjoys Spanish culture, especially the music. She loves cooking at home, where a little flamenco may be heard by neighbors in her apartment building. Rest assured that her paella meets the highest standards, as one of her sector specialties is food safety. You can read about some of her other areas of expertise below.

China’s Pilot Program to Improve Transparency in Government Procurement
A new pilot program requires the government to disclose information about procurement goals and budgets at least 30 days prior to issuing a tender.

Standing Committee Meeting Sets Stage for “Two Sessions”
The last session of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee in 2019 passed a revised Securities Law and introduced drafts for a unified Civil Code and an overarching Export Control Law.

USCBC Foreign Investment Law Implementing Regulations Comments
USCBC received comments from 17 companies across industries including consumer products, ICT, pharmaceuticals, auto, and service firms.