China Market Intelligence

July 1st, 2024
By Lance Yau and Allison Lapehn

From July 15 to 18, China’s Central Committee will convene in Beijing for its third plenum since the current committee was elected in 2022. Plenums are essential events on China’s political calendar, with President Xi Jinping serving as the presiding officer. The Central Committee typically conducts seven plenums between party congresses, which take place every five years.

July 1st, 2024
By John Clark

On June 12, the European Commission announced provisional countervailing duties of up to 38.1 percent on Chinese-made electric vehicles (EVs) beginning July 4. The commission's announcement followed a May 14 announcement from the Office of the United States Trade Representative that it would be increasing Section 301 tariffs on Chinese-made EVs from 25 percent to 100 percent beginning August 1.

July 1st, 2024
By Mingyue Li

International travelers are returning to China. In Q1 2024, there was a 305 percent year-on-year increase in foreign national inflows—a trend spurred by loosened entry restrictions and efforts to boost the economy since the Chinese government lifted its zero-COVID policy in late 2022.

June 26th, 2024
By Rachel Farmer and Greyson Mann

On June 21, the US Department of the Treasury issued a highly anticipated draft rule aimed at curbing the flow of US capital into sensitive, dual-use technologies in China. The rule, once implemented, will enact novel filing requirements—and, in certain cases, prohibitions—for US corporations and investors that seek to conduct investment activities in a defined range of technologies, which includes semiconductors, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence (AI).

June 7th, 2024
By Kyle Sullivan

In recent weeks, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has made a series of announcements related to the package of new Section 301 tariffs targeting $18 billion of Chinese imports. These announcements, taken together with the results of USTR’s review of the original Section 301 actions, suggest tariffs will be an enduring feature of the US-China trade landscape for years to come.

June 7th, 2024
By Zach Tomatz and Mingyue Li

In recent years, the United States and China have expanded their respective trade controls and sanctions systems to cover a broadening segment of bilateral commerce. The rapid pace of expansion, complexity of rules systems, and lack of transparency on both sides have raised compliance costs, injected significant uncertainty into business planning, and disrupted business relationships between both countries.

June 7th, 2024
By Melinda Xu, Jacob Lensing-Sharp, and Wilson Hui

With carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) and methane emerging as the two main areas of consensus on climate cooperation between the United States and China, both areas present opportunities for companies operating in these fields.

May 22nd, 2024
By John Clark with assistance from Bowei Wang

US-China bilateral trade in goods decreased by 2.9 percent year-on-year in Q1, despite US-worldwide trade increasing by 0.5 percent, the first such increase in US-worldwide trade since Q1 of last year. Bilateral trade has underperformed US-worldwide trade for the last three years due to shifts in trading patterns driven by economic and geopolitical factors.

May 22nd, 2024
By Rachel Farmer

On May 17, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) introduced several new incentives for people to buy homes, including scrapping minimum interest rates on mortgages for new and pre-owned homes, and reducing the minimum down payment ratio for first-home buyers from 20 percent to 15 percent and for second homes from 30 percent to 25 percent. These are the lowest ratios since mortgages were introduced in 1992.

May 22nd, 2024
By Yan Yu

China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) and State Council have both released their legislative plans for the rest of 2024, reflecting China’s regulatory priorities in a wide array of economic and civil society matters.