Susanne T. Stirling

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Susanne T. Stirling, vice president, international affairs, has headed CalChamber international activities for more than four decades. She is an appointee of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the National Export Council, and serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce International Policy Committee, the California International Relations Foundation, and the Chile-California Council. Originally from Denmark, she studied at the University of Copenhagen and holds a B.A. in international relations from the University of the Pacific, where she served as a regent from 2012 to 2021. She earned an M.A. from the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. See full bio.
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San Francisco Announced as Host City for Asia-Pacific Leaders Meeting in Fall 2023

On Friday, November 18 at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Annual Leaders Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, U. S. Vice President Kamala Harris announced that...
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CalChamber Urges Congress to Reauthorize Trade Program, Refund Billions in Tariffs

The California Chamber of Commerce is urging the California congressional delegation to reauthorize a U.S. trade program that has saved companies billions of dollars...
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WTO Sees Trade Momentum Slowing Due to Multiple Shocks on Global Economy

World trade will lose momentum in the second half of this year and remain subdued in 2023, according to the updated outlook released by...
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British Expert: Long Ties, Friendship a Solid Base for State-UK Trade Relations

Long ties of trade and friendship between California and the United Kingdom are a solid foundation for continuing relations in this time of flux,...
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Shared Values Form Core of Australia-California Partnerships on Climate, New Technology

Multiple connections enhance continuing strong economic relations between Australia, the United States and California, Ambassador Jane Duke, Consul General of Australia in Los Angeles,...
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Biden Administration Launches U.S.-Kenya Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership

On July 14, the Biden administration announced the launch of the United States-Kenya Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership (STIP). U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai...

Japan a Steadfast Ally of California, U.S. Over the Years

Japan and California share a long history, dating back to 1860 when the first Japanese diplomatic mission arrived in the San Francisco Bay. Today,...
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U.S., Taiwan Strengthen Ties at Inaugural Trade Meeting in Washington

This week, representatives of the United States and Taiwan met for the first time on the newly agreed upon trade framework meant to strengthen...
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World Trade Organization Pledges to Tackle Reform, Extends Digital Trade No-Tax Pact

The World Trade Organization (WTO) held its 12th Ministerial Conference last week in Geneva after thrice postponing the gathering due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By...
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CalChamber, Japan Business Leaders Discuss Ways to Collaborate

The 21st annual meeting between the California Chamber of Commerce and Japan business leaders was held in person once again following the COVID-19 pandemic....
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CalChamber, Japan Business Leaders Discuss Ways to Collaborate

Leading the Japanese business delegation were Hironori Kobayashi, president of the Japan Business Association of Southern California (JBA) and vice president general administration in...
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Western Hemisphere Leaders Gather in Los Angeles for Summit of the Americas

Leaders from the Western Hemisphere, with a few notable absences, gathered in Los Angeles last week for the Ninth Summit of the Americas. The June...

Virtual Summit Reviews Initial Findings of Maritime Data Initiative Meetings

Initial findings from five months of weekly virtual meetings with maritime and intermodal stakeholders were presented on June 1 at a virtual summit of...
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Global Trade Issues with Touch of Politics Get Attention at CalChamber Forum

Common challenges facing the global community were the focus of an enthusiastic audience at the California Chamber of Commerce-hosted in-person International Forum last week. Speaking...
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2022 National Export Council Meeting Report

The California Chamber of Commerce recently joined nearly 150 trade specialists from across the nation for sessions focused on trade issues at the National...

World Trade Month: International Trade Critical to Weather Economic Downturns

After a year of global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that has been hindered by a supply chain crisis, the war in Ukraine...

World Trade Month: International Trade Critical to Weather Economic Downturns

After a year of global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that has been hindered by a supply chain crisis, the war in Ukraine...
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CalChamber-Hosted Mexico Advocacy Day Lunch Focuses on Future of Bilateral Relationship

On May 3, the California Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon for the 13th Annual California Mexico Advocacy Day in conjunction with the Consulate...
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Federal Maritime Data Initiative Meetings Conclude; Continued Consensus on Need for Better Data

The need for real-time data within the supply chain remained in the spotlight as the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Maritime Data Initiative meetings concluded...
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Business Awaits Upcoming Port Worker Negotiations

Major port congestion and the global supply chain have made headlines frequently over the past two years. With labor talks set to begin May...