China Market Intelligence

January 11th, 2017
By Anna Ashton

China’s Anti-monopoly Law (AML) investigations largely stayed off the list of contentious issues in 2016, as the more aggressive tactics of regulatory agencies two years ago remained in check and foreign companies were not obviously singled out for discriminatory treatment.

 

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January 11th, 2017
By Jake Laband

A new government system that evaluates and tracks “untrustworthy” individuals and companies could limit eligibility for financing, employment, and Party membership, as well restrict real estate transactions and travel. The Chinese government intends to fully implement this nationwide social credit system by 2018.

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January 11th, 2017
By David Solomon

China’s energy planners seek to increase production, distribution, and consumption of renewable energy as a means to diversify energy supply. However, as China attempts to transition from coal to other energy sources, it struggles to utilize existing renewable capacity. This inefficiency, caused by overcapacity and grid limitations, has hindered the country’s ability to achieve renewable sector development...

December 14th, 2016
By USCBC staf

China’s top leaders are expected to prioritize supply-side structural reform, stabilizing economic growth, and improving people’s livelihood as they map out their 2017 economic and reform agenda during the annual Central Economic Work Conference (CEWC), which opened in Beijing on Wednesday.

 

Typically the last major...

December 14th, 2016
By Meg Kelly

The 15th anniversary of China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) was marked with a fresh trade dispute Monday after the United States ignored the December 11 deadline to end its use of non-market economy (NME) calculations for antidumping cases. China’s dispute also names the European Union and Japan for their continued use of NME status.

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December 14th, 2016
By David Solomon

The newly released Catalog of Encouraged Imported Technology and Products identifies key technologies and products that Chinese companies are encouraged to buy from abroad, potentially positive news for US companies looking to expand sales in China.

 

The national catalog, jointly issued by the National Development and...

December 7th, 2016
By Anna Ashton

In draft changes to the 2015 Catalogue Guiding Foreign Investment (CGFI) released today for public comment, China’s government took small steps to shift its foreign investment regime to a negative list style system like the one applied in China’s free trade zones (FTZs), but largely left existing restrictions in place.The sectors opening to some foreign investment include edible seed oils, biofuel, and credit...

November 30th, 2016
USCBC Staff

A week has passed since the conclusion of the US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), but the specific outcomes jointly agreed to by the two governments have yet to be released. According to US government materials and USCBC sources, some additional progress appears to have been made in areas covered in the past—in particular, equal treatment of domestic and foreign medical devices and...

November 30th, 2016
Ziyang Yin and Nick Marro

Minimum wages in China’s major cities rose in 2016, signaling the continued development of an emerging consumer class as much as increasing pressure on company labor costs. But the increases also point to an increasing divide, as wage growth stagnates in the majority of China’s provinces.

 

The US-China Business Council...

November 30th, 2016
Jake Laband

Companies operating in some of China’s major cities are facing significant cost increases following a change to employment social security fund payment calculations. Although announced by the central government, provincial governments are implementing the new calculation in different ways—if at all—leaving all companies unsure of how to comply.

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