02/01/2019

China-Britain Business Council and British Chamber of Commerce in China Joint Announcement

FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BRITISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN CHINA
AND THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE CHINA-BRITAIN BUSINESS COUNCIL
 
2 January 2019

Happy New Year!  We wish you and your colleagues prosperity and happiness in 2019.
 
We are writing to let you know of changes to your membership which will be implemented shortly, following the decision of a Special General Meeting of the British Chamber of Commerce in China (BCCC) on 10 December to terminate the Strategic Co-operation Agreement between our two organisations.
 
This decision reflects BCCC’s priority of providing a high quality service at an affordable cost, and to ensure that representatives of British business in China can speak with a clear voice on issues of collective concern.
 
For its part, the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), having negotiated in good faith to maintain the Strategic Co-operation Agreement in an updated form, recognises and fully accepts the right of the Chamber to take this decision.  CBBC looks forward to working with the Chamber in a new and looser partnership going forward.
 
BCCC and CBBC have agreed to remain co-located in the British Centres in Beijing and Chengdu.  (The BCCC Chapters in Shanghai, Guangdong and Hong Kong are under separate management and so are unaffected by the termination of the Strategic Co-operation Agreement.)  And we will continue to co-operate on a range of issues, including articulating to the Chinese and UK governments the views of business on increasing market access.
 
At the same time our joint membership arrangements, which currently give Members of BCCC full access to CBBC services, and Members of CBBC full access to BCCC services on a reciprocal basis, will formally come to an end with the termination of the Strategic Co-operation Agreement on 10 January.  BCCC and CBBC have therefore agreed the following arrangements in order to ensure that current Members continue in practice to enjoy the rights and benefits of membership of both organisations through a transitional period.
 
For China Members
(Members paying membership subscriptions to BCCC in Chinese Renminbi)

 
In legal terms, China Members will be members of BCCC from 11 January 2019.  CBBC is therefore offering all current China Members complimentary (free) membership of CBBC on a transitional basis.  Should you choose to take up this offer, your complimentary (free) membership of CBBC will run from 11 January 2019 until your existing renewal date as per your subscribed membership category with no changes in membership benefits.  Furthermore, if your existing BCCC membership renewal date falls on or between the 11 January 2019 to 31 March 2019 and you renew your membership by paying your subscription in full to BCCC before that date, CBBC will provide you with 1 year of complimentary (free) membership on the same terms until your next renewal date.
 
So, for example, if your renewal date is 1 February 2019 and you pay your subscription in full to BCCC by that date, your complimentary (free) membership of CBBC will expire on 31 January 2020.
 
After the end of the complimentary (free) membership period on the 31st March 2019, existing members whose renewal dates fall on or after the 1st April 2019 will not be entitled to joint membership upon your renewal.
 
If you do not wish to take up your complimentary CBBC membership, we ask you to opt out by replying to this email by 9 January 2019.  By choosing to continue with complimentary (free) CBBC membership, you are agreeing that CBBC may hold your personal data for maintaining your membership records.  CBBC may email you content related to doing business in and with China. This may include China business news, updates on the China business environment, our services, business opportunities, information about government and business delegations, events and webinars, including sponsored content.
 
For UK Members
(Members paying membership subscriptions to the CBBC in British Pounds Sterling)

 
In legal terms, UK Members will be members of CBBC from 11 January 2019.  BCCC is therefore offering all current UK Members complimentary (free) membership of BCCC on a transitional basis.  Should you choose to take up this offer, your complimentary membership of BCCC will run from 11 January 2019 until your existing renewal date as per your subscribed membership category with no changes in membership benefits.  Furthermore, if your existing CBBC membership renewal date falls on or between the 11 January 2019 to 31 March 2019 and you renew your membership by paying your subscription in full to CBBC before that date, BCCC will provide you with 1 year of complimentary (free) membership on the same terms until your next renewal date.
 
So, for example, if your renewal date is 1 February 2019 and you pay your subscription in full to CBBC by that date, your complimentary (free) membership of BCCC will expire on 31 January 2020. After the end of the complimentary (free) membership period on the 31st March 2019, existing members whose renewal dates fall on or after the 1st April 2019 will not be entitled to joint membership upon your renewal.
 
If you do not wish to take up your complimentary BCCC membership, we ask you to opt out by replying to this email by 9 January 2019.  By choosing to continue with complimentary (free) BCCC membership, you are agreeing that BCCC may hold your personal data for maintaining your membership records.  BCCC may email you content related to doing business in and with China. This may include China business news, updates on the China business environment, our services, business opportunities, information about government and business delegations, events and webinars, including sponsored content.
 
Thank You
 
We trust that this explanation is clear and will meet with your approval.  We look forward to continuing to serve you and to supporting your business in China.
 
Yours faithfully,​

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Nicholas Holt                                                             
Chairman                                                                    
British Chamber of Commerce in China                

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Matthew Rous
Chief Executive
China-Britain Business Council

02/01/2019