China Market Intelligence

December 17th, 2014
John Lenhart

China’s lead food and health safety regulator, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), will focus on continued restructuring and increased enforcement efforts in 2015, according to statements made to the US-China Business Council (USCBC). USCBC led a group of eight companies in a roundtable discussion with Director General Yuan Lin of the CFDA in Beijing on December 5. Company representatives shared concerns regarding uneven regulatory enforcement and cumbersome administrative...

December 17th, 2014
Ryan Ong

The elimination of joint venture restrictions and removal of “prohibited” and “restricted” labels for foreign investment in key sectors in the new draft Catalogue Guiding Foreign Investment (CGFI) mark progress for US companies in some sectors in China. However, as the US-China Business Council (USCBC) flagged in its recommendations on the catalogue submitted to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in early December, the draft remains problematic; troublesome ownership caps...

October 1st, 2014
Dan Markus

When a foreign company wants to construct a new building in China, it is required to work with a so-called “design institute,” a Chinese company that must approve every part of the design. Although this is ostensibly a simple process, US companies have found a number of challenges that frequently arise when working with design institutes. These can include theft or misappropriation of intellectual property (IP), requirements to procure from specific vendors, and poor service. The US-China...

October 1st, 2014
Ryan Ong

Intellectual property has received high-level attention from the Chinese government in recent weeks, with government agencies actively touting progress on intellectual property (IP) issues, particularly increased enforcement activity and a growth in registered patents, trademarks, and copyrights through the first half of 2014. China has also actively engaged foreign partners on IP, sending two delegations to the United States for negotiations and training, which included several industry...

October 1st, 2014
Owen Haacke

Overcapacity, or a glut of production capabilities, is a growing concern for US-China Business Council (USCBC) member companies in their China operations, according to USCBC’s 2014 business environment survey. For the first time since 2009, overcapacity made the top 10 list of challenges, with almost 50 percent of respondents saying that in recent years the issue has gotten progressively worse. This deterioration is due in part to government stimulus measures that have encouraged...

September 17th, 2014
USCBC Staff

American companies doing business in China are experiencing continued pressure on profit margins, driven by increasing local competition and rising costs, according to the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) 2014 member survey. The survey, which will be released next week, shows that uncertainty about China’s policy direction is also coloring perceptions about the business environment.

While most American companies continue to view China among the top five markets globally, their...