China Market Intelligence

October 16th, 2019
By Angela Deng and Chynna Hawes
The US government is exploring a number of actions to address long-standing concerns around the financial transparency and national security risks posed by Chinese companies with access to US capital markets. Any potential action taken by the administration could have a substantial impact on the competitiveness of both countries’ capital markets as well as the trajectory of US-China relations.

Recent inter-agency discussions have explored potential actions to restrict the types of access...

October 16th, 2019
By Jack Kamensky and Chris Miller
Increased acceptance of international standards as a basis for Chinese national standards has reduced barriers for foreign businesses. Concerns about China’s increased participation in international standards setting can be mitigated through improved due process in international standards-setting bodies.

Standards serve as the building blocks for product development and help ensure product functionality, interoperability, and safety. However, the landscape for standards setting is complex—...

October 16th, 2019
By Pearson Goodman
This is the second such report issued by the World Bank and the Development Research Center. Publication of the report was delayed for over a year due to Chinese government objections to criticisms of the country's SOEs, a priority under President Xi. The report says that China’s GDP growth rate in the 2030s could range anywhere from 4 percent to less than 2 percent depending on the level of reforms China chooses to undertake now.

The World Bank and the Development Research Center, a think...

October 15th, 2019

Dear USCBC members,

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has provided USCBC with an advance copy of its draft implementing regulations for the Foreign Investment Law (FIL). The FIL was passed by the National People’s Congress in March and, along with its implementing regulations, will come into effect on January 1, 2020. In May, USCBC provided input to China’s National Development and Reform Commission on what the implementing regulations should include.

The draft implementing...

October 2nd, 2019
By Angela Deng and Banny Wang
Foreign companies will need to understand how applications of AI are disrupting the types of financial services traditionally offered in order to stay competitive. China’s emerging regulatory framework and the US government’s potential export controls on AI technologies have the potential to hamper innovation China's fintech industry.

Financial services companies in China are becoming increasingly reliant on artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and...

October 2nd, 2019
By Erin Slawson
Public perception of China has reached a historic low for modern times. Republicans are more likely than Democrats to hold negative views of China, though both parties primarily view China negatively. There is still a lack of consensus on how to deal with China, and public opinion is still malleable.

A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in the summer of 2019 reveals the changing tide of public opinion regarding China, the challenge it poses for the United...

October 2nd, 2019
By USCBC Staff

Official relations between the United States and Hong Kong are governed by the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992 (“Policy Act”), which recognizes Hong Kong as an entity distinct from mainland China for the purposes of US law. In practical terms, the Policy Act recognizes Hong Kong as a separate territory when it comes to trade and economic relations. Accordingly, Hong Kong receives its own treatment on issues such as export controls, customs, and how it is viewed under US laws and...

September 18th, 2019
By Jack Kamensky and Chris Miller
While access to standards setting has improved, many barriers remain. Non-science-based standards and unclear distinctions between mandatory and voluntary standards make compliance more difficult. Companies that position themselves as industry leaders and work through associations to build industry consensus often enjoy greater success in influencing standards.

Standards are a critical issue for foreign companies that do business in China, as product compatibility with Chinese standards can...

September 18th, 2019
By Owen Haacke
US-China tensions are negatively impacting US company competitiveness and eroding market share. Some companies selling products or services to state-owned enterprises are sensing government procurement discrimination and project opportunity exclusion. Many companies are reinforcing efforts to maintain relationships with their customers and standardizing how they respond to inquiries about supply.

At the core of several company challenges induced by US-China trade tension is a concern among...

September 18th, 2019
By Lipei Zhang and Antonio Douglas
SAMR has launched a series of enforcement campaigns in 2019 with a particular focus on unfair competition, intellectual property, online platforms, advertising, and food safety. Though the campaigns have primarily targeted domestic companies, vague regulatory guidance and enforcement pose potential risk for foreign companies.

With integrated oversight of China’s anti-monopoly, health, product quality, and intellectual property (IP) regulators, the State Administration for Market Regulation’s...