China Market Intelligence

October 19th, 2011
John Lenhart

Recalls of Chinese-manufactured products in the United States have dropped dramatically in recent years, even as imports from China have continued to rise. US and PRC government officials--speaking at the 4th US-China Consumer Product Safety Summit on October 13-14 in Washington, DC--attributed this shift to improved product quality standards and enforcement in China in recent years. US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and PRC Administration of...

October 19th, 2011
William Turner

The combination of election campaigns gearing up and high unemployment in the United States is leading to stronger rhetoric on China trade issues--and companies should expect more of the same in the months ahead. Members of Congress, the Obama administration, and presidential hopefuls have all recently singled out China's economic policies for criticism. Strong rhetoric has been heard in past campaigns, but politics increase the risk of legislation or...

October 19th, 2011
Ryan Ong

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) has actively highlighted intellectual property rights (IPR) protection in recent advocacy, focusing on a clear message: make it easier for rights holders to protect their intellectual property and make it more difficult for rights violators to infringe. Through comments submitted on the latest draft PRC Trademark Law and recommendations on IPR protection made to a PRC government delegation led by Vice Minister of...

October 19th, 2011
Joie Ma

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) recently conducted more than 20 interviews with representatives at member companies on their interactions with Chinese state-owned enterprises. This is the second story in a series of three on those interviews. Read the first story in the series on the USCBC website.

Partnerships between foreign companies and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in China are not always smooth, but...

October 5th, 2011
Joie Ma

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) recently conducted more than 20 interviews with representatives at member companies on their interactions with Chinese state-owned enterprises. This is the first story in a series of three on those interviews.

As China's state-owned enterprises (SOEs) develop rapidly with assistance from the PRC government, foreign businesses are considering whether to partner with SOEs for...

October 5th, 2011
William Turner

Following a strong bipartisan procedural vote of 79-19 on October 3, the US Senate is considering legislation this week that would impose tariffs on Chinese imports on the basis of currency undervaluation and restructure the US Treasury Department's biannual exchange rate report to make it easier for countries to be punished for undervaluing their currencies. Though several amendments have been offered, it is still unclear whether any of them will be...

October 5th, 2011
Francesca Baruffi

PRC regulators will soon clarify a March State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) notice that introduced barriers to expanding investments in China. The notice also raised questions about the relationship between SAFE and the PRC Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) on foreign investment issues related to capital contributions. This issue had been a point of ongoing USCBC advocacy in Beijing and was also raised directly by US-China Business Council (USCBC...

October 5th, 2011
Ryan Ong

With the annual US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) talks less than three months away, US and PRC government officials are hard at work on preparatory visits and working group meetings. Senior-level US Department of Commerce (DOC) and Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) officials met with PRC Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and other ministry officials last month to follow up on previous JCCT commitments and to discuss progress in...

October 5th, 2011
Nancy Huang and Zoe Zhao

Enforcement of policies in the Comprehensive Work Plan on Energy Conservation and Emissions Reduction (2011-15), may present opportunities and challenges for foreign companies in China that produce advanced energy-efficient and environmental technologies. The PRC government will strictly scrutinize existing and new industrial manufacturing projects and companies that consume too much energy and emit certain levels of pollution. In addition, the government...

October 5th, 2011
USCBC staff

US-China Business Council (USCBC) President John Frisbie recently returned from a trip to China, where he met with central and provincial PRC leaders to address member company concerns. Frisbie discussed investment barriers, market access issues, and intellectual property rights (IPR) protection at meetings in Beijing, Shanghai, and Jiangsu. Separately, USCBC hosted PRC Minister of Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi in New York and US Export-Import Bank Chairman...

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