China Market Intelligence

August 24th, 2011
Marc Ross

US and PRC Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping met last week in Beijing with senior business leaders from both countries at a roundtable hosted by the US-China Business Council (USCBC), the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), and the American Chamber of Commerce in China. Representatives from USCBC member companies--including USCBC Chair and the Coca-Cola Co. Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent and USCBC Board Director and...

August 24th, 2011
William Turner

PRC officials are reacting cautiously to the debt agreement reached by US lawmakers earlier this month. While publicly calling on their US counterparts to pursue responsible policies that safeguard China's massive investment in US dollar-denominated assets, PRC officials are also continuing to look for ways to diversify China's vast foreign exchange holdings. Amid concerns over looser monetary policies in the United States and rising global commodity...

August 24th, 2011
Nancy Huang

As the PRC government seeks to transform China's export growth model by promoting value-added and high-tech machinery and electronics equipment exports, new government guidance suggests that foreign companies may find additional incentives to manufacture high-tech goods in China for export. Foreign companies may also face tougher competition from Chinese companies in the global marketplace. The recently released Guiding Opinions on Promoting Mechanical and...

August 24th, 2011
Francesca Baruffi

Following the PRC government's nine-month intellectual property rights (IPR) campaign, the PRC government recently released policies to improve brand and trademark protection awareness. The new policies aim to train and educate domestic enterprises on these issues, but positive results may indirectly benefit foreign enterprises and foreign brands.

Seven ministries under the State Council on July 13 jointly issued...

August 10th, 2011
William Turner

The World Trade Organization (WTO) remains an active forum for the United States and China to settle trade disputes, which can hold important implications for business. Currently, eight cases involving both countries are in different stages of the WTO dispute settlement process, with both countries scoring recent victories. Robust WTO activity demonstrates that the two countries see the dispute-settlement process as a constructive tool for resolving issues...

August 10th, 2011
Ryan Ong

Central and provincial governments have recently taken initial steps toward breaking existing links between China's innovation and government procurement policies, including the use of "indigenous innovation" product catalogues for government procurement. PRC government officials committed to breaking such links during President Hu Jintao's January 2011 trip to the United States and the May 2011 Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED). The US-China...

August 10th, 2011
Ryan Ong

US and PRC government officials are in the midst of discussions on high-priority areas--such as innovation, intellectual property rights, investment, and industrial policy--as part of preparations for the US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) plenary session, set for November or December in Beijing, and the ongoing US-China Innovation Dialogue. A few of these meetings--including the expert-level meeting of the US-China Innovation Dialogue...

August 10th, 2011
Christine Kahler

Carbon trading, emissions targets, and pollution reduction are just a few of the key priorities included in recently released and forthcoming central government policies that aim to fulfill the broad energy and environmental goals of China's March 12th Five-Year Plan (FYP, 2011-15) on National Economic and Social Development. These policies recycle many of the administrative tools that central and local governments have used in recent years to clean up the...

August 10th, 2011
Kyle Sullivan

The PRC government's long-standing effort to overhaul its value-added tax (VAT) regime may soon receive a shot in the arm, as the central government has reportedly designated Shanghai to become the first jurisdiction to carry out trial reforms. VAT reform has been on the central government's policy agenda since at least 2008, but disagreements over tax revenue-sharing between central and local governments have prevented the issue from gaining traction. If...

July 27th, 2011
Nancy Huang

US companies investing in China's wind energy sector can benefit from understanding PRC government agencies and the relationships involved in the renewable energy sector. Companies should be aware of individual agency policies, plans, and activities to take advantage of government initiatives when formulating and implementing investment strategies in China. By the end of 2010, China surpassed the United States as the world's largest wind energy market with...

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