China Market Intelligence

December 31st, 2014
Zoe Sophos

Zhang Kunsheng, China’s assistant foreign affairs minister and former secretary at the PRC’s embassy in the US, was recently removed from his post under suspicion of corruption, according to a January 2 statement on the foreign ministry’s website.

December 19th, 2014

The United States and China wrapped up three days of commercial negotiations in Chicago yesterday, making  progress on competition policy, intellectual property rights (IPR), and product approvals in agriculture and medical devices.

December 3rd, 2014
Stephanie Henry

As Chinese and American business travelers know well, securing visas for short- or long-term stays can be a time-consuming process. But when Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping met in mid-November, they hammered out a deal that could ease burdens on Chinese and American travelers alike.

November 14th, 2014
Ryan Ong

China has taken big steps forward in recent weeks with its plans to establish specialized intellectual property (IP) courts in three cities.

November 12th, 2014
Ryan Ong

US President Barack Obama concluded a constructive three-day visit to China earlier today with announcements of new bilateral deals on a range of issues important to US companies doing business in China, including a significant change in visa policy, reduced tariffs for trade in information technology products, and new targets related to climate change.

November 12th, 2014
Matthew Margulies

China’s main regulatory document laying out sectors open to foreign investment—including sectors with specific ownership caps and requirements for joint ventures—was released in draft form by the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on November 4.

November 12th, 2014
Jake Laband and Rongce Zhu

The reform of China’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) was a key focus of last year’s third plenum decision to let the market play a “decisive” role in the country’s economy. Since then, a series of central- and local-level developments have taken place to move that reform forward.

November 12th, 2014
Stephanie Henry

Though China did not play a major role in many congressional midterm elections, the makeup of the new Republican-led Congress may have a significant impact on US-China commercial and trade issues in 2015 and beyond.

November 7th, 2014

The PRC National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) on Wednesday published a draft version of the Catalogue Guiding Foreign Investment in Industry for public comment through December 3.

October 29th, 2014

The Chinese Communist Party released its fourth plenum decision document—a paper announcing the outcomes from its October “party-building” session—last night.


Phase One Tracker

We are tracking over 150 commitments—several of which had never been offered before—on items ranging from market access to improving intellectual property rights protection and administrative reforms.