China Market Intelligence

June 25th, 2015

Executive Summary

The US-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) and cybersecurity were featured prominently at this year’s Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED); both issues are likely to remain key priorities for discussion during President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Washington, DC in September. Both sides affirmed that a “high standard” BIT is the “top priority” in the bilateral economic relationship. The US and China exchanged their first “negative list” offers shortly before...
June 24th, 2015
Yuan Yining

The spotlight on stronger environmental protection shows little sign of abating in the months since the January 2015 implementation of China’s revised Environmental Protection Law (EPL). Discussions on the 13th Five-Year Plan (FYP) (2016-2020) priorities for environmental protection, the draft Environmental Tax Law, and tougher enforcement measures all aim to increase pressure on polluters. While the increased emphasis on environmental protection may create business opportunities for...

June 24th, 2015
Jake Laband and Owen Haacke

A strong Chinese Communist Party (CCP) hand guiding state-owned enterprise (SOE) management was a central message emerging from recent meetings of the State Council Leading Group on Comprehensively Deepening Reform, China’s high-level interagency group charged with guiding China’s ongoing reform efforts. The meetings on June 5 emphasized the importance of addressing corruption issues while seeking to create “bigger, stronger, and better” SOEs that remain firmly under government control, and...

June 24th, 2015
USCBC Staff

A Beijing pilot program launched in May appears to reinforce China’s interest in opening the services sector to foreign investment beyond the free trade zones (FTZs) in Shanghai, Tianjin, and Fujian. However, the pilot program, launched in a circular by the State Council on May 21, provides little in the way of immediate openings, US-China Business Council (USCBC) outreach has found. Although the program’s scope includes financial services and healthcare—sectors currently hindered by...

June 24th, 2015
Nick Marro

New and broader guidelines for investment reviews and approvals in China are on the way, according to the Draft Regulations on Government Approval and Filing of Investment Projects released by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on June 12. The draft policy—released for a comment period of only 10 days—defines the aspects of a proposed investment that could trigger a national security review, but uses broad and undefined terms such as national security, ecological security...

June 24th, 2015
Nick Marro

Moderate optimism about the outlook for doing business in China, despite uncertain economic and policy waters, was the overarching theme of the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) annual China Operations Conference (CHOPs) in Beijing, where government, think tanks, and business executive panelists shared their insights and opinions on the operating market in China.

This year’s CHOPs, convened on June 18th at USCBC’s Beijing office, featured a strong lineup of speakers from both the...

June 10th, 2015
Stephanie Henry

The US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) latest report on US exports to China in 2014 shows that China continues to be an important destination for US goods and significant contributor to US economic growth. In 2014, US exports to China totaled $120 billion, making it the third-largest export market for US goods behind Canada and Mexico, our neighbors and NAFTA partners. Overall, 42 states experienced at least triple-digit export growth to China since 2005, and five states saw export growth...

June 10th, 2015
Zoe Sophos

At the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) annual membership meeting on June 2, China policy experts and US government officials shared their insights on a broad range of issues affecting the US-China commercial relationship.

Speaking on China’s recent economic slowdown, Senior Research Fellow of World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences He Fan said that “foundational changes”—such as a rapidly decreasing supply of cheap labor and fewer opportunities for...

June 10th, 2015
Matthew Margulies

The US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) latest report of China’s economic reform efforts shows marginal improvement, but the overall impact on the top concerns of American companies remains limited. Since the last report was issued in February 2015, new policies introduced by the Chinese leadership continue to send mixed signals on the pace of economic reform and what role foreign companies will play in China’s next stages of development.

Recent improvements in reform developments...

June 10th, 2015
Ryan Ong

With President Xi Jinping scheduled to visit the United States in the fall, the pace is picking up for bilateral economic talks. Having completed two rounds of negotiations in Beijing during the past month and additional discussions in Washington, Chinese and American government officials are actively preparing for the seventh annual Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED), set to take place in Washington, DC, in late June. This year’s dialogue is likely to focus on a variety of...

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