China Market Intelligence

July 10th, 2019
By Jack Kamensky

Since China declared a “war on pollution” in 2014, environmental protection has become a top political priority. The resulting speed of regulatory change and sudden intensity of enforcement has created unintended consequences for industry, such as increased costs and uncertainty throughout the supply chain. In order to help China reach its environmental goals while minimizing negative impacts on the economy, the US-China Business Council (USCBC) has engaged in a series of advocacy efforts...

July 10th, 2019
By USCBC Staff
The two most significant market openings in 2019, for oil and gas and telecommunications, are nationwide expansions of earlier liberalizations first piloted in China’s free trade zones. Industries in the catalogue for encouraging foreign investment overlap with those identified in Made in China 2025, indicating sectors China has prioritized for development and investment.  The removal of equity caps or complete removal from the negative list does not necessarily mean the industry is fully open...
July 10th, 2019
By Jake Parker

A transition back to the United States offers an opportunity to reflect on some of the trends the US-China Business Council’s China offices are observing in the field. These trends represent a cross section of information from USCBC members, Chinese and US government officials, and the organization’s in-house analysis.

Trade negotiations

As is now widely known, the G20 meeting between Presidents Xi and Trump led to a pause in escalation, if not a complete cessation of tensions...

July 10th, 2019
By Angela Deng
The process of reviewing public comments on Commerce’s notice to define emerging technologies has slowed down US efforts to unilaterally control emerging technologies, while the process to define foundational technologies has not yet begun. The US government is planning to revise its export control regulations to make it easier to reject license applications for exports of high-tech products to China. The US government has added more Chinese entities to the Entity List and rejected more deemed...
July 10th, 2019
By Lipei Zhang
Anti-monopoly Law (AML) revision updates make slow progress amid internal debates. M&A reviews are uncertain amid volatile bilateral relations, pending guidelines related to the abuse of IP enforcement guidelines and the auto sector create compliance uncertainties while enforcement is ongoing. Chinese experts press business community to combat unfair administrative treatment through the fair competition review scheme, and administrative and judicial appeal procedures.

The State...

July 10th, 2019
By Melinda Xu and Yan Yu
The Communist Party of China (CCP) is launching an education campaign nationwide to remind its 90 million members of the Party's fundamental purpose and historic mission. China’s cybersecurity administration rounds out leadership by naming a third vice minister. The architect of China’s state-owned enterprise reform will now lead the powerful market and antitrust regulator.

A Communist Party education campaign championed by President Xi launched in June will focus on “staying true to the...

July 1st, 2019
By USCBC Staff

China’s latest revisions to its investment negative lists made several changes in a variety of sectors to allow more foreign participation, but few in areas that are priorities for foreign companies.

On June 30, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) jointly released the national and Free Trade Zone (FTZ) foreign investment negative lists, along with an updated industry catalog for encouraging foreign investment. The third revision...

June 19th, 2019
By Jack Kamensky and Chris Miller
Many of China’s standardization policy goals for 2019 have positive implications for foreign companies, including efforts to make standards setting more market driven, effective, transparent, and reflective of industry feedback. Efforts to harmonize domestic and international standards could bring benefits to foreign companies, although Chinese international standards-setting ambitions raise concerns about China using its influence to inappropriately benefit Chinese companies.

Each year, the...

June 19th, 2019
By Chris Miller
China is aggressively phasing out fossil fuels and encouraging the development of new energy vehicles in its auto sector to improve the industry’s carbon footprint. Some of the policies associated with these goals have set impractical deadlines and created market distortions, but there is room for optimism in the government’s ongoing efforts to refine its approach.

China plans to ban the sale of fossil fuel powered vehicles by 2040 according to the Ministry of Industry and Information...

June 19th, 2019
By Angela Deng
Presidents Trump and Xi will meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit near the end of June, with preparatory talks starting this week. It is unlikely that a final trade deal will be reached at the meeting. Before the presidential meeting was announced, China moved forward with a number of retaliatory measures against the United States. The week before the G20, USTR will start public hearings about the US plan to impose tariffs on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese imports. USCBC will...

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