China Market Intelligence

February 3rd, 2016
Nick Marro

After more than a decade, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on December 28, 2015 released a revised edition of China’s Telecommunications Catalogue, effective March 1, 2016. First issued in 2003 by the then-Ministry of Industry and Information, the catalogue serves as the licensing basis for China’s telecom and Internet-related sectors, and indirectly governs foreign company market access into these areas.

The 2015 revision expands the...

February 3rd, 2016
Nick Marro

Chinese regulators unveiled in October more detailed plans for transforming the country into an advanced manufacturing powerhouse. Released by the Leading Group for Creating a Strong Manufacturing Country, identified by the US-China Business Council (USCBC) as a high-level interagency task force created by the State Council to implement the “Made in the China 2025” initiative, the announcement forms a “key technology roadmap” for the sectors in the plan.

This...

February 3rd, 2016
Zoe Sophos

China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), an initiative to support regional infrastructure development, officially launched January 17 when President Xi Jinping hosted opening ceremonies in Beijing. The bank will formally begin operations in the second quarter of 2016, and is expected to lend $10 billion to $15 billion per year of its $100 billion total authorized capital. Lending efforts will focus on energy, transportation, telecom, urban development, logistics, and  ...

February 3rd, 2016
Stephanie Henry

The year ahead will be a decisive one for China’s economy, as policymakers must decide between a long-term rebalancing strategy or measures that produce short-term economic gains, economist Dan Rosen said January 28 at the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) annual Forecast Conference. Rosen, of Rhodium Group, said Chinese leaders need to address top economic challenges including balance-of-payments issues, two-way investment trends, and broadly restructuring its economy.

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January 20th, 2016
Zoe Sophos

Squeezed by an economic downturn and the tepid pace of economic reforms, domestic Chinese companies share the concerns of US companies, who also face a more challenging operating environment in China, as indicated by an annual survey that measures challenges for domestic firms.

According to the China Center for the Promotion of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development, an organization within China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the...

January 20th, 2016
Jake Parker

When President Xi Jinping suggested in November a shift to “supply-side economic growth,” he set in motion a flurry of domestic and international media speculation on a potential new course for China’s economic policy. A relatively new term for China’s senior leaders, supply-side economics aims to address factors of China’s slowing economic growth, particularly the investment-led approach historically favored by its economic policymakers. The old model, which leveraged heavy...

January 20th, 2016
Jake Laband and Lipei Zhang

The enforcement of China’s Antimonopoly Law (AML) remained a priority for the United States throughout 2015, despite the fact that few new cases were launched last year. President Xi Jinping’s September visit to the United States and the November Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in Guangzhou made progress to improve fair treatment, due process and regulatory transparency in AML cases, and to clarify the relationship between the use of intellectual property (IP) and...

January 20th, 2016

On January 20, 2016, the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) board of directors released its fifth annual priorities statement, detailing actions needed to continue building a strong, mutually beneficial commercial relationship between the United States and China. The goal of the statement is to focus the efforts of both governments on the top priorities for American companies that conduct business with China.

With the backdrop of global attention on China’s...

January 6th, 2016

The new year ushered in several personnel changes at the US-China Business Council (USCBC), which will continue the tradition of strong leadership in the organization’s key roles.

Jake Parker, director of USCBC’s Shanghai office since January 2014, was promoted to Vice President, China Operations. He will lead USCBC’s Beijing and Shanghai offices and report directly to USCBC President John Frisbie.

Anna Tucker Ashton will join USCBC on January 25...

January 6th, 2016
Taoyu Liu

As of January 1, married couples in China can have two children, marking the official end to the 35-year, one-child policy. The Fifth Plenary Sessions of 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party amended the 1980 Population and Family Planning Law on December 27.

China’s family planning system has been steadily eased over the years; for instance, in late 2013 the government allowed urban couples to have two children if either parent is an only child. Rural couples have...

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