I work in a US company with many international offices. The division I work with sells technology for a specific sector. We have a US team and other teams from other countries.
Our US colleagues keep claiming that they own the business and that if we have project or initiatives outside the US we should ask for their opinion and involve them. They want to lead a global strategy for our division, even when most of our work is done locally with very different customers and engagements for each country.
When we have "catch ups", it's one-way: they want to know everything we are doing, and they don't share much information about their work.
We know that the business is actually slower in the US for out sector, but this doesn't deter them - they see non-US business as part of their business.
I want to have ownership of my work and be free to set the strategy for our non-US customers, but my US colleagues are RAGING if they feel left behind. They don't really contribute, they just want to own the decisions. I can see one benefit of being on good terms with them - they are in the HQ, and it's always good to have friends in the HQ. But still, they want to own and command everything we do, even if we are peers, and I am not sure it's worth it.
The question is: how to collaborate productively with HQ colleagues who want to own and lead every decision, even when it has nothing to do with them?
Note: this questions acknowledges that cultural differences (1) exist and (2) manifest in human interactions.