China Market Intelligence

February 9th, 2022
By Gillea Benitez

The Biden administration has continued to focus on protecting the information and communications technology supply chain, keeping in place a regime, released on the second-to-last day of the Trump administration, that could allow the Commerce Department to block virtually any technology-related transaction that has a nexus to China. The regime, known as the Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain Interim Final Rule (ICTS IFR), went into effect last...

January 19th, 2022
By Jack Kamensky

On January 15, 2020, after years of negotiation and tariff escalation, the United States and China signed the historic Phase One trade agreement. The agreement made considerable progress on longstanding regulatory and market access barriers and led to increased purchases of US goods. It also put a stop to further tariff increases. Two years later, China has fallen short of its purchasing targets in the agreement and outstanding regulatory reform commitments remain. It is within this context...

January 19th, 2022
By Annie Whitehurst and Dan Zheng

Chinese companies listed in the United States are facing increased scrutiny from both Chinese and US regulators, but for different reasons. China’s tightening of the rules for domestic companies listing overseas follows DiDi’s ill-fated IPO last summer. In that regard, the latest draft rules indicate Chinese regulators’ intent to improve oversight of companies with large amounts of data that the government deems sensitive. Meanwhile, the US government is concerned about audit compliance,...

January 19th, 2022
By Antonio Douglas and Ben Hu

Over the course of 2021, China released legislation, implementing rules, and standards in its cyber-privacy regime faster and more frequently than in years past. In 2022, companies are tasked with navigating this ever-expanding rolodex of rules, terminology, and concepts that impact their operations in China. This recap highlights the most important updates in cyber and data regulation from last year.

January 5th, 2022
By Wilson Hui

On December 27, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) jointly announced updates to both the national and free trade zone (FTZ) negative lists for foreign investment. The annual update for 2021 was overdue, as negative list revisions are typically released around mid-year. Changes to this year’s negative lists are relatively small–the nationwide negative list has been reduced from 33 to 31 items and the FTZ negative list from 30 to 27...

January 5th, 2022
By Lance Yau

On September 30, China’s State Council issued the 14th Five-Year Plan for Medical Security. The plan, the country’s first for medical insurance, covers the government’s expectations for the field’s development from 2021 to 2025. China has universal basic healthcare, but its coverage is limited and many patients seeking higher-quality medicines or procedures must pay out-of-pocket or through private coverage. Uneven development between regions has also led to a disparity in medical services,...

January 5th, 2022
By Shandao Zhou and Banny Wang

In the final months of 2021, China expanded its efforts to regulate the business activity of giant platform operators as well as other emerging sectors that are centered around data technologies. Multiple high-level institutional and personnel changes echoed this initiative. On November 18, China announced the establishment of the National Anti-Monopoly Bureau, a vice ministerial-level agency in charge of antitrust enforcement under the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR)....

December 22nd, 2021
By Yan Yu and Hannah Feldshuh

China’s annual Central Economic Work Conference (CEWC) convened the country’s top leaders in Beijing from December 8 to 10 to discuss China’s policy agenda for 2022. In contrast to last year’s focus on technology and innovation, this year’s conference emphasized stability, which is mentioned 25 times in the meeting readout. This CEWC comes at a moment of increased visibility for China globally ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics in February and an important political transition at the 20th...

December 22nd, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs 

The White House and Congress had a busy end of the year checking China-related policy items off of their to-do lists. Though the majority of policymakers’ time has been spent on domestic initiatives, Congress and the White House still managed to enact and implement several policies relevant to the US-China business relationship.

December 22nd, 2021
By Jackson Nemeth

On November 26, China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) released draft Measures for the Administration of Internet Advertising for public comment, which are designed to be a more permanent version of the interim measures for the management of internet advertising first released in 2016. The interim measures were inevitably going to be updated given the rate that China’s digital economy is developing, the prevalence of new forms of online advertising, and the importance...