China Market Intelligence

December 11th, 2019
By Yue Chen and Hanchen Zheng
While the new blueprint serves as a supplement to MIC 2025, the target goals are different from those of the original policy. Unlike MIC 2025, the new policy document calls for more market-oriented measures to upgrade China’s manufacturing industry, a potentially positive development for foreign companies.

On November 15, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) released the Guiding Opinion to Deeply Integrate Advanced Manufacturing and Modern Service Industries, outlining a...

December 11th, 2019
By Antonio Douglas
Several measures that implement concepts present in China’s Cybersecurity Law were released over the last year. CII, important data, and cross-border data flow concerns remain unresolved.  Several regulations remain in draft form with no discernible timeline for further comment periods or finalized releases.

This past year finally saw more specific guidance on cybersecurity reviews, critical information infrastructure (CII), cross-border data transfers, and personal information, though many...

December 11th, 2019
By Erin Slawson
While academics, journalists, and government officials now use the term widely, it often glosses over important complexities of the US-China trade relationship. Both in the technology and finance spheres, the United States and China are reconsidering how their economic interconnectedness impacts their national security and other interests.

Headlines alleging that a decoupling of the US and Chinese economies is looming, or by some counts, already underway, have appeared in the news cycle for...

November 27th, 2019

On Tuesday, November 26, the Department of Commerce announced it is preparing to solicit public comments on proposed rules to implement the May 15 Executive Order 13873, “Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain,” (“the EO”). The long-awaited regulations set out a case-by-case process the secretary of commerce will follow to determine whether a particular transaction meets the EO’s requirements and should be prohibited or mitigated.

The deadline...

November 26th, 2019
By Angela Deng
US companies still face unusually high requirements for pursuing cases of IP infringement, lengthy processes to stop the infringing activity, and uneven enforcement. However, there are a number of measures they can take to better protect their IP rights. 

Over the past year, the Chinese government has introduced several legislative changes to improve protection and enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights. While several looked promising on paper, long-standing structural challenges...

November 26th, 2019
By Chynna Hawes
Over 150 pieces of legislation in the 116th Congress focus on China-related issues. National security interests are bleeding into industry issues from technology to pharmaceuticals and finance. Hardening, bipartisan perspectives on China point to long-term challenges in the bilateral relationship even if a trade deal is reached. 

Getting tough on China seems to be the one issue that both political parties agree on in Washington, DC. The 116th Congress, which began in January, has introduced...

November 26th, 2019
By Pearson Goodman
It encourages requiring Chinese firms listed on US exchanges to fully disclose auditing information. US dependence on Chinese pharmaceutical ingredients is framed as a national security threat. The report’s recommendations on Hong Kong are in-line with legislation that passed last week.

The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) recently released its annual report to Congress (executive summary here). Previous reports have typically adopted aggressive recommendations that...

November 25th, 2019
By USCBC Staff

On Sunday, the General Office of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the State Council released guidelines for China to strengthen the protection and enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights in the next few years. While the timeline of the “phase one” deal is unclear, China’s announcement indicates a top-level consensus within the Chinese government to make further progress on IP, partially for domestic reasons. Given that the guidelines call for a larger role for the National...

November 13th, 2019
By Angela Deng and Jack Kamensky
China has made significant changes to intellectual property and technology transfer policies. The deal is expected to resolve many longstanding agricultural trade barriers, which could increase Chinese purchases if tariffs are removed. Agreements on the financial services and currency portions of the deal have mostly been settled, and China has already announced the types of financial openings that will be included in the deal.

With an agreement “in principle” reached earlier this month,...

November 13th, 2019
By Chynna Hawes
The United States continues to block efforts to reform the Appellate Body, which will cease to function on December 11. A recent ruling in favor of China underscores the United States’ long-term frustration with the WTO and its dispute settlement system.

In less than a month, the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement mechanism will effectively cease to function, with potentially severe implications for the multilateral trading system. On December 10, the terms of two of the three...

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