China Market Intelligence

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 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...

April 2nd, 2014
Jake Laband

China’s long-awaited urbanization plan indicates that the country’s leaders will focus on increasing access to social services, allowing greater labor mobility through residency permit reforms, and increasing the role of the market in real estate pricing. These policies could provide new opportunities to foreign companies operating in China.

The plan, released on March 16, will begin to shift urbanization efforts away from traditional investment-heavy priorities like real estate...

January 8th, 2014
Owen Haacke

Over the past four decades, China has seen the largest migration in human history. Since 1979, more than 300 million rural residents have moved into China’s cities, bringing the country’s urban population to 710 million. This has increased the proportion of China’s urban population from just 17.9 percent in 1978 to 52.6 percent today. Recognizing the need to address the challenges this shift has created, top Chinese leaders are pushing for a “people-focused” urbanization plan, some details...