China Market Intelligence

October 27th, 2021
By Erin Slawson

US tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods, as well as Chinese retaliatory tariffs, have been in place for more than three years now. Over that course of time, average tariff rates increased steadily until the United States and China signed the Phase One trade agreement. Once the agreement went into effect, both countries lowered certain tariffs slightly, and they have stuck at those levels ever since. 

October 27th, 2021
By Jack Kamensky

On October 10, the general offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council issued China’s strategy for standards setting through 2035. The outline is the product of a multi-year research process that began in 2018 with “China Standards 2035,” a research program led by the Chinese Academy of Engineering that concluded in 2020. The previous high-level document on a national standards strategy was issued in 2015 and included goals through 2020. The new outline...

October 27th, 2021
By Hannah Feldshuh

In recent months, regulators have released a flurry of regulations to further define China’s approach to privacy and data security. The sheer volume and complexity of recent regulations have prompted tremendous uncertainty among the business community regarding the next steps for compliance. Over the course of over 20 interviews to benchmark member companies’ ICT-related concerns, USCBC has identified key unanswered questions surrounding recent policy changes.

October 25th, 2021
By USCBC Staff

On October 24, China’s Communist Party Central Committee and State Council jointly released the Opinions on Carbon Dioxide Peaking and Carbon Neutrality in Full and Faithful Implementation of the New Development Philosophy (in English and Chinese). This document will serve as a general framework for achieving carbon peaking and climate goals by 2030 and lays the foundation for all sectors and regions to build out specific policies in the coming months. Overall, the opinions represent a...

October 13th, 2021
By Lance Yau

Widespread electricity shortages have affected multiple regions across China, impacting company operations. In conversations with member companies, many reported power cuts of more than 50 percent versus their normal allowance, with severe cases seeing forced reductions of 75 to 85 percent or even complete shutoffs. This has led to significant production delays, increased costs, and supply chain disruptions. Foreign, domestic, and state-owned companies have all been affected, providing...

October 13th, 2021
By Erin Slawson and Banny Wang

Over the last few years, China has introduced new protections for intellectual property (IP) rights, including by establishing technical IP courts and making progress toward patent linkage for pharmaceuticals to fulfill commitments in the Phase One trade agreement. However, US company perceptions of the IP environment in China continue to send mixed signals about China’s progress improving IP rights enforcement and protection. 

October 13th, 2021
By Antonio Douglas

On August 20, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) and the Ministry of Transportation (MOT) jointly released Several Measures on Vehicle Data Security Management (Trial) alongside other agencies. The measures clarify the concept of important data, lowering its threshold to such a degree that it is likely many large multinational companies in the automotive sector will be subject to cross-border and data localization restrictions. 

October 5th, 2021
By USCBC Staff

Yesterday, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai rolled out the Biden administration’s long-anticipated China trade strategy in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. The speech was measured and high level. USCBC understands that Tai views yesterday’s speech as a blueprint of just the initial steps the Biden administration will take to shape its US-China trade policy. We welcome these efforts and hope to work with the Biden administration on a China...

September 22nd, 2021
By Anna Ashton

In the summer of 2020, then-Attorney General Bill Barr warned in a speech on US-China relations that America’s corporate leaders “should be alert to how [they] might be used, and how [their] efforts on behalf of a foreign company or government could implicate the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).” This and other statements in Barr’s speech were an unmistakable warning that China-related business advocacy efforts were in the crosshairs of Justice Department lawyers. Under the Biden...

September 22nd, 2021
By USCBC Staff

Competing pressures regarding human rights and labor issues involving the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang and elsewhere in China have been building over the last year. In response to reports of forced labor, the United States has issued import bans on cotton, tomatoes, and silica-based products from the region, and sanctioned Chinese officials and organizations. The Senate has approved legislation that, if passed into law, would ban all products from Xinjiang from entering the United States...

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