China Market Intelligence

May 17th, 2017
By Maryan Escarfullett

China’s intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement remains inadequate and foreign company market access barriers too strict, according to the Special 301 Report, keeping the United State’s second-largest trading partner on the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) priority watch list for another year.

 

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May 17th, 2017
By Meg Kelly

Although structural issues remain, China’s legal system has become more transparent under President Xi Jinping, according to panelists at a recent US-China Working Group event hosted by the US-China Business Council (USCBC) and the National Bureau of Asian Research. Rule of law issues affect six of the 10 most pressing concerns for US companies doing business in China, according to USCBC’s annual survey,...

May 17th, 2017
By Owen Haacke

Local governments are encouraging the establishment of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) organizations within some multinational companies (MNCs). While establishing formal or informal groups for CCP members within a company is a relatively common practice in China, local party-building efforts increasingly focus on the private sector.

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May 17th, 2017
By Anna Ashton

While the Trump administration’s trade and economic policies remain uncertain, China has doubled down on bilateral and multilateral negotiations and initiatives, with high-level rhetoric to match. At last November’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Lima, Peru, President Xi Jinping told delegates, “China will not shut its door to the outside world, but open more.” In an hour-long address to...

May 17th, 2017
By Erin Ennis

The June 1 implementation of China’s Cybersecurity Law and numerous related measures should be delayed to address trade barriers, security and privacy, competition, and fairness issues, according to a May 15 letter the US-China Business Council (USCBC) submitted on behalf of 54 international trade associations to China’s government.

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May 12th, 2017

The Trump administration announced early this morning that it had reached agreement with the Chinese government on resolving several irritants in the US-China commercial relationship. The outcomes were reached roughly a third of the way into the 100-day period designated by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in their summit last month to bring greater balance in the commercial relationship.

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May 3rd, 2017
By Owen Haacke

China’s economy is slowing after years of rapid growth, but demand is expected to continue, according to economists who recently spoke to the US-China Business Council (USCBC). With a tight grip on economic policies, China’s government has the tools to mitigate some of the economic factors that companies worry could lead to instability, such as real estate and local debt.

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May 3rd, 2017
By David Solomon

As China aims to expand nationwide health insurance, improve patient access to care, strengthen primary care, and deepen investment in rural regions, US companies want in on the healthcare sector. In particular, medical devices — prominently featured in China’s strategic emerging industries campaign — provide opportunities for US companies, from burgeoning local innovation to changes in the distribution chain...

May 3rd, 2017
By Meg Kelly

Ambassador to China-designate Terry Branstad’s May 2 confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee put him on track to be in Beijing in June if the process moves forward as expected. The long-time Republican governor of Iowa and personal acquaintance of Chinese President Xi Jinping made it clear that this relationship would not prevent him from being tough on China when necessary.

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May 3rd, 2017
By Patrick Lozada

Providing a small amount of stability in a year of significant changes for cross-border ecommerce, the Chinese government recently halted a move to increase regulation — and costs — of foreign goods purchased online by consumers in China. Observers believe the measure is a temporary stopgap as officials work to establish additional procedures for scrutinizing yet unspecified types of imports.

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