China Market Intelligence

November 30th, 2011
Jiang Lingling

In a recently published article on healthcare reform, PRC Vice Premier Li Keqiang articulated that the government would continue to ensure the provision of basic healthcare services, while simultaneously developing supplementary healthcare services using market competition. This is Li's first major public commentary on healthcare and can be seen as an outline of the PRC government's current views on the state of healthcare reform. Separately, the article...

November 30th, 2011
Julie Walton

Continued expansion of US companies into China has boosted recognition of the importance of government relations at all levels. Though many companies have dedicated corporate government affairs staff in China to focus on central government relations, companies must also find time to manage local government relations that are essential to ensure smooth daily business operations.

To supplement and update research on...

November 30th, 2011
John Lenhart

In preparation for this week's international negotiations on climate change taking place in Durban, South Africa, the PRC government recently released a series of energy-related announcements detailing past successes and future initiatives to combat climate change. With the PRC government likely to face pressure in Durban from developed countries to curb rising carbon dioxide emissions, the announcements appear to set the tone for PRC negotiations leading...

November 30th, 2011
Sunny Xu

As the PRC government seeks ways to implement the goals of the 12th Five-Year Plan (FYP, 2011-15), the government recently released several follow-up FYPs that may have a significant impact on business operations in various sectors in China. Since September, PRC government agencies have released FYPs on trade in services, industrial technology innovation, and production safety.

Though it is still unclear whether...

November 21st, 2011

US and PRC government officials today announced progress on commercial issues from this year's session of bilateral trade talks known as the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT). The talks concluded with deliverables addressing several top concerns to US companies such as intellectual property rights, indigenous innovation, and market access barriers in areas such as standards, new energy vehicles (NEVs), agriculture, pharmaceuticals, medical...

November 16th, 2011
Jiang Lingling

The PRC Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) recently released a plan to guide the development of the steel industry for the next five years. The 12th Five-Year Plan (FYP, 2011-15) on Steel Industry describes achievements and challenges, forecasts domestic steel consumption, and sets future development targets (seeTable).

The FYP encourages foreign companies to participate in mergers and...

November 16th, 2011
Bryan Withall and Will Turner

Reducing investment ownership restrictions, protecting intellectual property rights (IPR), and leveling the playing field for US companies operating in China were the key messages that a delegation of US-China Business Council (USCBC) board directors delivered in meetings with PRC Premier Wen Jiabao and other senior PRC government officials on November 1 in Beijing. In other advocacy efforts, USCBC last Thursday co-hosted a CEO meeting with PRC President...

November 16th, 2011
Ryan Ong

In an apparent effort to build on the special campaign on intellectual property rights (IPR) completed earlier this year, the State Council announced on November 9 that it would establish a new "leading group," or multiagency task force, to coordinate interagency efforts to tackle IPR infringement and counterfeiting issues. The US-China Business Council (USCBC) had prioritized in its advocacy the permanent extension of the previous campaign under the...

November 16th, 2011
Kyle Sullivan

US companies in China are modifying their human resources (HR) strategies to address increasingly complex PRC labor policy requirements, according to a recent study conducted by the US-China Business Council (USCBC). A perennial issue for USCBC member companies, managing human resources in China was cited as the top operating challenge in USCBC's 2011 survey of its member companies released last month. In addition to contending with a fiercely competitive...

November 16th, 2011
Ryan Ong

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) recently released two new reports that track progress and continued restrictions in two high-profile advocacy areas: foreign investment and indigenous innovation. Both issues are expected to be priorities for discussions at the US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade plenary, which is set to take place in Chengdu, Sichuan, on November 21.

USCBC releases list of investment ownership restrictions...

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