China Market Intelligence

March 25th, 2020
By USCBC staff

On March 23, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) released the Draft of Working Measures for Processing Complaints of Foreign-Invested Companies (“draft measures”), an update to interim measures released in 2006. The draft measures aim to help foreign-invested companies officially raise complaints to administrative agencies and receive remedies and/or settlements within 60 working days. The draft measures would also clarify significantly the procedures and timeline for processing complaints...

March 23rd, 2020
By USCBC staff

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking comment on additional modification or elimination of tariffs on Section 301 medical care products. Last Friday, March 20, USTR issued a Request for Comments on Additional Modifications to the 301 Action to Address COVID-19, opening a comment period until at least June 25, though USTR may extend as appropriate and will be considering comments on a rolling basis.

March 18th, 2020
By Antonio Douglas

Conversations with USCBC member companies in the ICT sector point to the existence of an organization quietly working to shore up China’s ability to establish a technological ecosystem that is able to sustain itself solely on domestic components. While the existence of the alliance does not appear to have any major effects on US companies for the time being, this push for self reliance seemingly belies assurances from the Chinese government that policies calling for “secure and controllable...

March 18th, 2020
By Chris Miller

After years of under-regulation in online retail, China’s Ecommerce Law officially entered into force at the start of 2019. Although the law introduced sweeping reforms, the industry did not experience overnight change. China’s State Administration of Market Regulation (SAMR), the supervisory authority behind the law, has instead maintained a steady drip of measures and policies designed to implement and clarify various provisions of the Ecommerce Law. The result has been a more predictable...

March 18th, 2020
By Melinda Xu, Banny Wang, and Sihan Qu

Because of public concerns surrounding Wuhan’s handling of the COVID-19 epidemic, Beijing is sending new leadership to Hubei province. Many new local officials were nominated at local “two sessions” across China early this year, including in Shanghai and Jiangsu. The central government proceeded with leadership adjustments at the Liaison Offices in Hong Kong and Macau and the State Council’s Office of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs.

March 17th, 2020
By Angela Deng and Banny Wang

On March 15, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) released drafts of both the “Implementation Plan on Enforcement of Intellectual Property (IP) Rights Judgments” and “Guidelines on Enforcement of IP Rights Judgments” for public comment, which will be due by May 15. With the release of the two drafts, China appears to have met its commitment under Article 1.28 of the Phase One agreement to publish detailed work plans on how it will improve and ensure expeditious enforcement of court judgments on...

March 4th, 2020
By USCBC staff

This year holds some important legislative milestones for the National People’s Congress (NPC)—China’s parliament. Based on what the NPC has said will likely be on its 2020 legislative work plan, key laws governing China’s IP environment, cybersecurity framework, and export control regime will undergo additional review and revision this year. Any changes the NPC makes to these laws could have a significant impact on companies’ near-term operations and long-term perspectives on the China...

March 4th, 2020
By Pearson Goodman

The past few weeks have seen a flurry of announcements of tariff exclusions from the Chinese government. On February 17, China’s State Council Customs Tariff Commission released a list of 696 products currently subject to China’s Section 301 retaliatory tariffs that will be eligible to apply for tariff exclusions (“Phase One” list). A few days later on February 21, China’s Ministry of Finance released a second list of items (Batch II list) eligible for tariff exclusion. While both lists...

March 4th, 2020
By Chynna Hawes

There is a general bipartisan consensus on the need to address China’s unfair trade practices, but policymakers approach the “China challenge” from a variety of angles based on the interests of their constituents, the committees on which they sit, and their personal background and aspirations. The following Senate committee leaders are among the most vocal on China:

February 19th, 2020
By Jack Kamensky

Newly released data from the US Department of Commerce provides a window into how escalating tariffs by the United States and China on each other’s goods have impacted bilateral trade. Starting in mid-2018, both sides began implementing steep tariffs and by September 2019, tariffs on both sides covered the majority of products traded. As a result, US imports of Chinese goods dropped 16 percent in 2019 to $452 billion after a record year in 2018—a larger decrease than what was seen in 2009...


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