China Market Intelligence

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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November 30th, 2016
Zoe Sophos

 

Despite the increase in regulatory attention after several recent high-profile food safety scandals, China’s food industry is continually challenged to keep food safe. Vague policy directives and lack of interagency coordination lead to confusion about what is expected of stakeholders. The prevalence of small players creates a...

November 9th, 2016
Meg Kelly

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares for his move to the Oval Office as the 45th US president, a review of his campaign stances on China and trade gives some indications of policies his administration might pursue. As noted in USCBC’s Washington Update on candidate’s possible policies, Trump’s trade proposals include:

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November 9th, 2016
Meg Kelly and Jake Laband

As the US political season enters the phase of transition to a new administration, China’s political season is gearing up with an eye on the Communist Party’s leadership conclave one year from now. Political maneuvering was heightened in late October during the Sixth Plenum, the final large-scale meeting of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders before the 2017 Party Congress, when new leadership will be...

November 9th, 2016
Meg Kelly

The final US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) of the Obama administration is expected to cover ongoing bilateral relationship issues and take stock of the last eight years of JCCT commitments, according to senior US officials.

 

The late-November meetings in Washington, DC, will be co-chaired by US...

November 9th, 2016
USCBC Staff

Just before the US election, industry leaders and government officials outlined major issues facing US companies in China. The top five concerns of US-China Business Council members, as expressed at the the November 4 Shanghai China Operations Conference, were:

 

Investment barriers   Song Gelong, deputy director...

November 8th, 2016
By Nick Marro

China’s final cybersecurity law restricts the flow of data overseas, mandates security product reviews, and creates other provisions that will challenge how foreign companies can operate in the country.  

 

The National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee ignored the concerns of foreign companies and the US-China...

October 27th, 2016

On October 25, the US-China Business Council in cooperation with the Coalition for Green Trade hosted a seminar in Beijing that focused on the trade and environmental benefits of the Environemental Goods Agreement (EGA). The agenda included a strong set of speakers from the public and  private sector, including select groups of industry, government, and academic representatives. The seminar took place just after the latest EGA round in Geneva and the high-level meeting at the WTO Mini-...

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