China Market Intelligence

September 2nd, 2015
John Frisbie

The following is adapted from a note from USCBC President John Frisbie to the USCBC board of directors

The timing for my recent visit to Beijing was optimal; I met with President Xi’s top economic advisor and vice ministers in several agencies closely involved in developing the agenda and negotiating the deliverables for the Chinese president’s state visit to the United States in September. Senior Chinese officials were interested in the US-China Business Council (USCBC)...

September 2nd, 2015
Jake Parker

Sichuan remains an attractive growth market for foreign companies, according to local government officials. On September 1, the US-China Business Council led a delegation of member company senior executives from a variety of sectors to meet with Sichuan Party Secretary Wang Dongming to discuss the Sichuan commercial operating environment and explore how the province will be involved in the implementation of central development policies. Wang noted that Sichuan province, which...

September 2nd, 2015
Owen Haacke

China’s e-commerce market is expected to be larger than the combined e-commerce markets of the United States, Britain, Japan, Germany, and France by the year 2020. As consumers embrace online shopping as the primary way to purchase everything from luxury cosmetics to groceries and children’s toys, Chinese companies are rushing to sell through their own websites, T-Mall, and assorted e-commerce channels. For US companies, the online sales market in China presents a number of...

September 2nd, 2015
Stephanie Henry

China’s President Xi Jinping is slated to make his first formal state visit to the United States the week of September 21, making stops in three American cities: Seattle, Washington, DC, and New York. During his trip, he is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama and other key government officials, United Nations delegates, and US business executives, including a USCBC-hosted dinner and policy speech in Seattle on September 22. Xi’s trip comes at a sensitive time in the...

September 2nd, 2015
Ryan Ong

Explosions at a Tianjin chemical plant in August—resulting in at least 160 dead, 14 missing, and hundreds still hospitalizedd—have prompted a strong response from the Chinese government at the central and local levels, with calls for nationwide inspections of hazardous chemicals, arrests of the plant’s managers, and the sacking of Chinese safety officials. However, the incident has also prompted critical questions for both government and public on how such an incident could have...

August 19th, 2015
Sue Hao

The PRC government recently announced a number of minister and vice minister-level leadership changes at several central government ministries, including key personnel changes in areas that may impact foreign companies. Among the notable changes are promotions and appointments in ministries whose work involves foreign investment and trade dealings, including the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture, and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology...

August 19th, 2015
Owen Haacke

What is the best way to enter into a partnership with a Chinese state-owned enterprise (SOE)? Foreign companies find many good reasons to seek an SOE investment partner, but may also find some unexpected challenges. Thinking through the possible obstacles and paying close attention to the advice and best practices shared by member companies of the US-China Business Council (USCBC) may help US companies navigate the investment process.

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August 19th, 2015
Dan Markus

With economic growth moderating, the Chinese government appears to be looking to infrastructure projects to boost growth. Recent government statements on the importance of a "pro-active" fiscal policy suggest that infrastructure spending will be one of the economic tools to help meet China’s seven percent growth target for 2015. Earlier in February, for example, Xinhua reported that annual investment plans totaling over RMB 15 trillion ($2.34 trillion) in 14 provinces will begin...

August 19th, 2015
Zoe Sophos

Update: As this article went to print, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) decided to freeze the Special Drawing Rights basket of currencies until October 2016. This will allow more time for markets to adjust to changes in the basket that might occur as a result of the IMF’s evaluation of the RMB in November.

In October of this year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will conduct its five-yearly review of the Special Drawing Rights (SDR) basket of currencies...

August 5th, 2015
Stephanie Henry, Xingtong Cao, Jin'ou Zhang

The United States is a top destination for Chinese overseas investment, as private-sector investors seek opportunities in commercial real estate, hospitality, and information and communications technology (ICT), according to the latest figures from the Rhodium Group and American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Chinese investment in the real estate and hospitality sector rose by 38 percent from FY2014 through the first half of 2015, and accounted for the majority of Chinese investment in the...

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