China Market Intelligence

February 7th, 2018
By USCBC Staff

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials are increasingly calling on companies to support the creation of party organizations among their employees. The potential for party groups to influence corporate decision making has raised concern among some US company executives: What are foreign companies obligated to do, and how should companies respond to requests to establish party organizations in their China subsidiaries?...

February 7th, 2018
By Anna Ashton

Even as Beijing strives to rein in financial risks and improve market order, it continues to promise market openings for foreign financial services companies. In November, shortly after President Donald Trump’s state visit to China, Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao announced planned measures to lift investment restrictions on foreign financial services companies in the banking, securities and insurance sectors over a three- to five-year period. Addressing systemic financial risks...

February 7th, 2018
By David Solomon

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) recently announced its 2018 priorities for pricing investigations under the anti-monopoly law (AML), listing key industries in which it says price-fixing tactics impact the day-to-day lives of Chinese citizens.

According to a CCTV report, NDRC will intensify enforcement in bulk pharmaceutical chemicals, scarce drugs, medical devices, automotive equipment, natural gas, tap water, electricity, industrial raw...

February 7th, 2018
By USCBC Staff

Recent rebukes from Chinese regulators have prompted a review of corporate websites to ensure the classification of place names are consistent with international diplomatic protocol and Chinese regulations. In a survey to guests, Marriott International listed Hong Kong, Tibet, and Macao as separate countries as opposed to parts of China. Although the chain apologized for the incident, a string of other companies have since come under fire for similar issues on their corporate...

February 7th, 2018
By Meg Kelly

The US-China Business Council’s annual Forecast on January 30, 2018, brought experts and policymakers to discuss the year ahead. The half-day program featured comprehensive projections for the Chinese business and political environment in the year Forecast, as well as developments in US trade policy. It also provided an opportunity for companies to learn more about what may be ahead in the second year of the Trump administration, what Congress’ priorities will be, as well as other...

January 24th, 2018
By Jack Kamensky and USCBC Staff

Despite recent announcements that intended to reduce uncertainty surrounding foreign investment restrictions, doubts remain about China’s commitment to and timeline for meaningful changes to its investment regulatory regime. A January 10 State Council decision to temporarily suspend certain foreign investment restrictions in the free trade zones (FTZs) appears to be only an attempt to clarify that existing liberalizations in the FTZs supercede national restrictions in those areas....

January 24th, 2018
By USCBC staff

To assist companies as they plan for the year ahead, US-China Business Council staff  compiled short summaries of the recent laws and regulations in China and those expected to be acted on in 2018. The first of this series of summaries focuses on agriculture, healthcare and intellectual property rights. Sectors covered in upcoming editions will cover information technology, financial services, energy and environment and automotive industry issues.  

Agriculture and food safety

...
January 24th, 2018
By: Sun Yi, Melinda Xu

China’s most senior party leaders ended the week of January 15 with an approved slate of nominees for top government leadership positions. The list, passed at the second major meeting of the party during the 19th Party Congress, will remain confidential until the nominees are confirmed at the upcoming National People’s Congress (NPC), expected to begin on or around March 5.

Despite looming changes, a number of key appointments have also been made since the Party...

January 24th, 2018
By Owen Haacke

Sixty-five percent of US-China Business Council (USCBC) member companies experience challenges with licensing and approvals to operate in the China market, according to USCBC’s 2017 Member Survey. Licensing and approvals rose to the second-most prominent challenge for US companies in the China market, behind competition with Chinese companies. In the past decade, licensing has consistently ranked among the top 10 priority issues in USCBC’s annual survey.

Since...

January 11th, 2018
By USCBC Staff

China has further tightened control on internet services by blocking internet access for some unregistered customers, according to US-China Business Council (USCBC) conversations with China internet service providers and member companies. This development could affect some company operations in China as well as information sharing between offices, but steps can be taken to restore service.

Concerns arose last summer about restrictions on internet access and VPN...

Pages