China Market Intelligence

January 26th, 2011
Christina Nelson

The tone and outcomes of PRC President Hu Jintao's visit to the United States last week exceeded expectations. The visit also more broadly served as a reminder of the importance of the US-China relationship. As the US-China Business Council (USCBC) predicted, no policy breakthroughs were announced, but the two sides made incremental progress on several key issues, including two issues important to the business community. But with Hu's departure comes the...

January 26th, 2011
Matt Van Osdol

Sustained attention to intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement and tougher penalties to deter infringement are more important than one-off campaigns was the message foreign business representatives communicated to PRC Minister of Commerce Chen Deming at a meeting with PRC government officials on January 14. The meeting--attended by the US-China Business Council (USCBC) and several other foreign industry associations--represented another step in...

January 26th, 2011
Christine Kahler

Two of China's Antimonopoly Law (AML) enforcement agencies recently released five new rules that may lead to increased AML enforcement. The rules, which take effect February 1, address lingering questions about AML enforcement and provide more details on the AML's behavioral prohibitions. Businesses should consider the broad implication of these rules when dealing with compliance issues.

New clarifications on price-fixing violations and exceptions...
January 26th, 2011
William Turner

Action on cases involving the United States and China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) has picked up in the past several months. The second half of 2010 was one of the busiest periods ever for US-China WTO cases, with three dispute settlement panel rulings for cases filed by China against the United States and three new cases being filed by the United States against China. Other important developments related to market access for copyrighted media...

January 26th, 2011
Joie Ma and Nancy Huang

Multinational corporations--particularly those that already have trade unions--may face greater labor pressure as the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) accelerates its push for collective bargaining in the next three years.

At ACFTU's January 18 executive meeting, Chair Wang Zhaoguo--who is also vice chair of the PRC National People's Congress Standing Committee--urged all trade unions to cultivate "...

January 14th, 2011

With the inauguration less than a week away, Washington is in China policy limbo these days. President-elect Barack Obama has announced the top-level appointments he plans to make when he assumes office on January 20, 2009, but the functional-level positions have not been determined. Congress has just gone into session and is focusing on the economic stimulus and Cabinet confirmation hearings. To update the Obama administration and the new Congress on...

January 12th, 2011
Christina Nelson

The PRC government recently announced key personnel changes to the PRC Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, National Energy Administration, National Development and Reform Commission, and other central ministries and agencies.

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Sources: Xinhua News Agency, China Vitae Ministry Official Former position Industry and Information
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January 12th, 2011
Samuel Birnbaum

PRC President Hu Jintao's visit next week to the United States is not likely to result in policy breakthroughs, but it will provide opportunities for incremental progress on pressing commercial and strategic issues. In conjunction with Hu's meetings with US President Barack Obama and senior US administration officials, PRC business delegations will sign several agreements in locations throughout the United States, including deals related to energy...

January 12th, 2011
Kyle Sullivan

China's tax regime may undergo significant changes in 2011, as PRC regulators aim to adjust taxes on businesses and individuals to boost consumer spending and encourage industry growth during the next five years. Regulators are expected to expand the scope of value-added tax (VAT), gradually phase out business taxes, reduce individual income taxes for low- to middle-income earners, and levy additional taxes on homebuyers and polluting enterprises....

January 12th, 2011
Christine Kahler

Since the passage of China's Food Safety Law in 2009, China has implemented considerable reforms to its food safety administration system. Key PRC agencies involved in food safety and administration have begun to release their work priorities and plans for 2011, including several areas that may affect companies in these sectors.

China's food safety regime reforms

Since the release of the PRC Food...

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