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.
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In November, Chinese and US negotiators surprised the global business community by announcing an end to a standoff over high-technology tariffs. In agreeing to move forward with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA), China paved the way for the slashing of tariffs on items from semiconductors to video game consoles.
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.
As US and Chinese government officials prepare for a busy season of bilateral engagement—including the November meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and a November bilateral meeting between Presidents Obama and Xi, US officials and their Chinese counterparts are hard at work on the
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.
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US governors are heading to China in increasing numbers to seek potential investors for public and private projects. Since 2009, US governors have led 58 trade missions to China, helping to usher in more than $34 billion in direct investment over the past five years.
Chinese President Xi Jinping announced in mid-June that officials in his administration will push forward an “energy revolution,” focused on reducing energy consumption, increasing energy supply, and improving energy efficiency.