China Market Intelligence

August 20th, 2014
Stephanie Henry

When the US Congress reconvenes in September, one of its major goals will be finalizing legislation to fund the US government. While most of this debate will focus on domestic issues with no direct relationship to China, the US-China Business Council (USCBC) has again identified language in at least one House appropriations bill funding the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and various science-related agencies that would be detrimental to the US-China relationship.

These...

August 20th, 2014
USCBC Staff

Doing business in China can be a study in contrasts for American companies. On the one hand, it remains a strong market for American goods and services. On the other, it is a challenging place to do business, as reflected in the 2014 US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) member survey results. Topping the list of challenges—which will come out in mid-September—is competition with Chinese companies. Not far behind are human resource issues, which have been among the top five challenges...

August 20th, 2014
Jake Laband and Hengrui Liu

Discussions on the rule of law and economic development in western China are set to dominate China’s next meeting for its senior party leadership—the fourth plenum of the 18th Communist Party of China (CCP) Congress—scheduled for October.  News reports indicate that the plenum will feature discussions related to corruption, party building, and reform, but will also devote considerable attention on the ongoing corruption investigation into China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang. But how...

August 20th, 2014
Owen Haacke

Recent food safety incidents in China have caused many foreign food and consumer goods companies to reexamine their quality assurance systems. Lapses can have serious consequences: one oversight can disrupt a regional supply chain, lead to a dramatic drop in profits, or cause serious harm to the reputation of a foreign brand, as happened in the Shanghai Husi tainted meat case. The US-China Business Council (USCBC) has recently interviewed several member companies to identify best...

August 15th, 2014
Ryan Ong

The National Certification Administration of China (CNCA) on July 30 announced a batch of testing labs and certification providers that are officially designated to be able to offer services related to the China Compulsory Certification (CCC) mark, a safety mark for products sold or used in the Chinese market. Of the approximately 90 testing labs and certification bodies that were accredited, only two were foreign-invested enterprises: UL (Suzhou) Quality Control Co., Ltd. (for certain types...

August 11th, 2014
Stephanie Henry

The United States and China have maintained a steady schedule of negotiations on the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), with the next round of talks expected to be held in September in China. The last round of negotiations, held in July in Washington, focused on the text of the agreement. At the 2014 Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED), both sides agreed to “reach agreement on core issues and major articles of the treaty text by the end of 2014” and start work on a negative list by...

August 6th, 2014
Shuting Xiong

China’s sweeping overhaul of its decades-old residency system has the potential to boost consumer spending, increase labor mobility, and open up new investment opportunities in urban infrastructure. The new rules, announced at the end of July, will make it easier for migrant workers—blue-collar and white-collar alike—to gain access to housing, healthcare and education in the cities where they live.

The State Council’s new reform plan for China’s household registration system—known as...

August 4th, 2014
Matthew Margulies

On July 25, the Shanghai Municipal People's Congress Standing Committee passed the 2014 China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Regulations, a new set of rules for managing the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ). The new regulations, which went into effect on August 1, vary little from the 2013 version. They do, however, include new sections on streamlining tax policies and promoting the rule of law in the zone.

The new regulations replace the Administrative Measures for the China (...

August 1st, 2014
Andrew Gong

American views on China are dimming, even while Chinese attitudes toward the United States have become more positive in recent years, according to an annual survey by the Pew Research Center. The US-China Business Council (USCBC) hosted a discussion July 29 in which researchers shared the results of their 2013 survey on world attitudes toward China and the United States.

Just 35 percent of Americans said they had a “favorable” attitude toward China, compared to 37 percent in 2012 and...