China Market Intelligence

October 15th, 2014
Owen Haacke

Foreign companies are under increasing pressure to keep their Chinese workforces satisfied, as new workers demand better employment conditions and China’s economy slows. Internal disputes and public unrest—such as strikes and protests—have been on the rise in places ranging from large factories to multinational retail outlets. As a result, many companies are putting into place strategies that improve worker satisfaction and reduce risk of disputes. They are also reexamining how they manage...

October 15th, 2014
Dan Markus

Little progress was made in transparency talks between the US Department of Commerce (DOC) and China’s State Council Legislative Affairs Office (SCLAO), as Chinese officials opted to wait on guidance coming out of this month’s party plenum.

During the September 24 meeting, SCLAO representatives focused on administrative licensing and regulatory issues, expressing a desire to reduce the total number of regulatory documents. They said they wanted to ensure that all such documents are...

October 14th, 2014
Zoe Sophos

US and Chinese negotiators met in Beijing during the last week of September to continue their work on a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) between the two countries. The US-China Business Council (USCBC) understands that discussions throughout 2014 will focus on the text of the treaty, in an attempt to draft the “core issues and major articles,” as agreed to during July’s Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED).

China also committed at this this year’s S&ED to release a BIT “...

October 14th, 2014
Zoe Sophos

Preparations are underway for a bilateral meeting between Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping in Beijing immediately following the APEC CEO Summit in November. This will be the second official bilateral meeting of the two leaders, following their 2013 meeting in Sunnylands, California. While a detailed agenda has not yet been set for the meetings, the presidents will likely discuss a wide range of economic and foreign policy issues.

The meeting comes at an important time in the US-...

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...

October 1st, 2014
Matthew Margulies

On the heels of the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ), the State Council released a decision declaring new market access openings for investors in the Shanghai FTZ. The 27 openings announced in the decision, however, already have been opened to foreign investors via the release of the 2014 revised version of the Shanghai FTZ negative list.

The State Council’s decision cited six existing pieces of legislation that created market access barriers,...

September 29th, 2014
John Lenhart

China’s Vice Premier Wang Yang recently sent a message of reassurance to a select audience of executives from nearly 20 multinational companies at an investment event in the southern city of Xiamen. Wang spoke for 20 minutes uninterrupted as he responded to a flurry of critiques from the international business community on how his government has been handling a recent uptick in enforcement of competition policy. Wang emphasized two main points: He said that enforcement of China’s Anti-...

September 28th, 2014
Nick Marro and Rongce Zhu

On September 25, China’s State Council released a comprehensive plan outlining regional economic cooperation in key areas like environmental production, logistics, and urbanization in an area known as the Yangtze River Economic Belt. The Guiding Opinions on the Yangtze River Economic Belt: Accelerating the Development of the Golden Waterway includes provisions aimed to enhance market access for foreign firms in industry sectors such as financial services, information technology,...

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