Panel Discussion: Global Supply Chains Gridlock


Date: Tuesday, Oct 26th, 2021

Time: 6:30-8:00pm PST


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Topic: Global Supply Chain Gridlock

— Amazon’s Purging Unruly China Suppliers
— Any impacts to worsen US-China Trade?



The Purge: A Stark Look At Amazon & Sino-American Trade

With an evergrowing tension between the Sino-American Trade War, how should future negotiations conduct talks, given today’s global supply gridlock and Amazon’s purge of Chinese suppliers?

Amazon is all but divorced from Chinese vendors, having permanently banned over 600 brands across 3000 seller accounts in violation of review fraud, blocked accounts reaching over 50k. Some would call this an underhanded follow-up to an enormously successful first quarter for the company, up 44% over last year.

A concerning and weighty blow to Chinese industry.

How heavy?

According to the South China Morning Post, back in early July, the parent company of Shenzhen Youkeshu Technology (more commonly, YKS), one of Amazon’s largest Chinese vendors, stated that Amazon had shut down 340 of YKS’s online stores and frozen over $20 million worth of its assets.

Yet, buying reviews and incentivizing real customers to leave those coveted five stars with gift cards is nothing new on Amazon. So, why is it now that we see such raging retaliation?

Wang Xin, president of the Shenzhen Cross-Border E-Commerce Association, has a possible answer:

“When Amazon blocked accounts in violation of its rules, they also hit other related accounts,”  she said. “Is it a penalty decision based on the rules of the platform, or is it a strategic decision? In fact, we see that Amazon itself is also selling products similar to the products of the closed accounts.”

With its fattened revenue from covid-19, could Amazon be gearing up to seize greater control as it has repeatedly done in the past?

Either way, this sharp rebuke by Amazon could easily paralyze the upstream supply chain and destroy Chinese enterprises. It also begs the question, if Bezos is planning to break away from China’s supply, what alternatives does he have in place?

As if the Amazon Purge wasn’t enough, the US is digging its heels in and adamantly imposing high import dues from China leaving our communities curious about the impending impact that will have on what is already a tense trade relation.

The Peterson Institute of International Economics states that average US tariffs on imports from China remain elevated at 19.3 percent. These tariffs are more than six times higher than before the trade war began in 2018 and cover 66.4 percent of Chinese exports to the United States.

It’s no secret that Biden has yet to take any measures to loosen the cinch on what has become an economic chokehold, either, amplifying his predecessor’s policies by strengthening anti-Chinese alliances as he implements additional sanctions.

What has that achieved?

Damaged trade relations and a strangled economy. It’s no longer a trade war, but a socio-economic cold war. Biden himself stated it’s “a battle between the utility of democracies and autocracies in the twenty-first century.”

Couple that with the projected worsening of the global supply chain, and it’s certain dark clouds are gathering overhead.

With labor shortages at factories and ports around the globe, energy shortages, chip shortages, and even ships getting stuck sideways in high traffic canals costing the global economy $400 million every hour, it is little wonder that this storm of misfortune has been dubbed a global supply chain “Nightmare.”

What’s worse is the outlook on this is to “get worse before it gets better.” A projected average of 6 months to a year before things clear up, likely outlasting the pandemic itself.

Suffice it to say, this is the latest issue we will be examining in our upcoming discussion as we host a panel of experts committed to shedding some light on the dark and foreboding horizon of Sino-American trade tensions.

Be sure to join us on Tuesday, October 26th from 6:30-8PM PST in our next Zoom Panel as we take a stark look at Amazon and the global supply chain and worsening trade relations.

Our panelists include:

  • John Choate, CEO/Senior Consultant, World Wide Value Solutions, & Global Logistics-Data Systems Officer for the United States Air Force.
  • Rosemary Coates, President of Blue Silk Consulting & an Expert in the global supply chain, procurement, logistics, and manufacturing.
  • Greg Tanaka, CEO & Founder of Percolata and Palo Alto City Council Member.
  • Xiaohua Yang, Professor of International Business at University of San Francisco School of Management & Director of the China Business Studies Initiative.
  • Henry Yin, Moderator; California Commissioner for Economic Development & Founder and President of USA-China-Link.

Again, the panel begins Tuesday, October 26th, 6:30-8PM PST. Please be sure to join our Zoom Panel for this enlightening and detailed discussion on the Sino-American Trade Cold War.




John Choate

Global OEM/EMS Supply Chain Subject Matter Expert (SME)

CEO/Senior Consultant,World Wide Value Solutions
Global Logistics-Data Systems Officer,United States Air Force

Over 30 years as a successful OEM/EMS (SMT-Box) Line/Matrix Cross-Functional Team Leader, On/Offshore (China, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, and Singapore) of integrating groups that deliver High-Value solutions that meet but often exceed Senior/Executive Stakeholder Business goals.

A Change Agent in Business Process Improvement (Order to Cash), Lean Six Sigma Supply Chain- Manufacturing Operations, Quality Assurance, and Finance utilizing IT Cloud Technology | ERP as a tool to integrate company vertical functional streams that deliver “value solutions” which increase company profitability and internal and external team productivity.


Rosemary Coates

President of Blue Silk Consulting

Expert in the global supply chain, procurement, logistics, and manufacturing.

She is an expert in global supply chain, procurement, logistics, and manufacturing. She has 30 years of experience in industry, consulting and expert witnessing. Her clients include 80 companies worldwide with manufacturing in China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, Vietnam, and Europe. The sectors she has covered include: electronics, software, consumer products, apparel and footwear, toys, industrial products, automotive, transportation, oil & gas, aerospace, third-party logistics, contract manufacturing, and outsourcing. Rosemary authored five supply chain books including Amazon Best Seller “42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China”, and “42 Rules for Superior Field Service” and “Negotiation Blueprinting for Buyers” and “Reshoring Guidebook” and “Legal Blacksmith- How To Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes.” She is a Licensed U.S. Customs Broker.


Greg Tanaka

CEO & Founder, Percolata

Palo Alto City Council Member

Over his career, he has recruited and managed hundreds of people in the areas of product management, sales, business development, engineering (IoT, machine learning, software, hardware, etc.), operations, management, finance, and politics. Also, I am adept at understanding and have experience in multiple markets (machine learning, SaaS, human capital management, retail, cloud computing, intellectual property, imaging, computer vision, semiconductors, GPUs, construction, government, etc.) and in multiple geographies (North America, Europe and Asia)


Xiaohua Yang

Professor of International Business at University of San Francisco School of Management

Director, China Business Studies Initiative

Dr. Xiaohua (Shaowa) Yang is Professor of International Business and the director of China Business Studies Initiative in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco. She has published numerous referred journal articles on the topics of internationalization of firms, international R&D strategic alliances, corporate social responsibility in multinational corporations, and innovation.  She has taught and lectured in the USA, Australia, China, Taiwan, and Europe. Professor Yang is a recipient of multiple Best Paper Awards from prestigious international conferences, the outstanding research awards from the USF School of Management.  Dr. Yang has served on numerous boards and has consulted companies and government agencies in a number of countries, including US, China, Australia, Finland, and Armenia.  She has been interviewed by CBS, KTUV (Channel 2), San Francisco Business Times, Daily Economic News, Wenzhou Daily, Sing Tao Daily, Chinese Biz News and Armenia National TV.  She is a frequent speaker at both academic and industry conferences.




Henry Yin

California Commissioner for Economic Development

Founder and President, USA-China-Link.





Hong Nguyen-Phuong

Co-producer, Asian Americans Network @ Clubhouse






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