Anna Tucker Ashton Talks China Trade, Risks and Opportunities

Anna Tucker Ashton, a Little Rock native who serves as senior director of government affairs at the U.S.-China Business Council, was in town Thursday to speak at a workshop on the U.S.-China trade dispute hosted by the Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses.

The U.S.-China Business Council is a trade association representing 220 U.S. companies that do business with or in China, including Walmart Inc. of Bentonville and Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale. It’s been around since 1973, since U.S.-China relations began to normalize, and has offices in Washington, Beijing and Shanghai.

Ashton said her job is to talk to members of Congress about U.S.-China business issues, and she’s recently been tasked with working on outreach cities and states that, like Arkansas, have been hit by the trade war.

On Friday, she spoke with Arkansas Business over the phone about the trade war and its effects here.