China Market Intelligence

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...