China Market Intelligence

February 17th, 2016
Owen Haacke

Environmental compliance is taking center stage as US companies face implementation of China’s 2015 Environmental Protection Law (EPL), new regulations on improving soil and air quality, and a sharp increase in environmental inspections. The changes are part of a high-level “war on pollution” launched in 2013 to address environmental concerns raised by the public with a bolstered environmental enforcement regime. The changes have led to uncertainty about the environmental licensing...

February 17th, 2016
Stephanie Henry

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will launch 20 workshops with Chinese agencies over the next two years to engage and educate officials about regulatory issues and best practices, USTDA Director Leocadia Zak told business executives at a February 2 US-China Business Council (USCBC) lunch. She also addressed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) financing, market access, and the effects of the anticorruption campaign on US businesses.

USTDA funds...

February 17th, 2016
Owen Haacke

To tackle complex administrative licensing processes, US companies in China are refining their government affairs efforts to focus on transparency and communication challenges, as well as obstacles stemming from the anticorruption campaign. The US-China Business Council (USCBC) pinpointed several Chinese government affairs-related licensing issues during interviews with more than 30 member companies in fall 2015 to better understand how companies address them.

Key licensing...
February 17th, 2016
Stephanie Henry

By all accounts, China’s ecommerce market is booming. Chinese customers spent more than $670 billion online in 2015, a more than 40 percent increase from 2014. That trajectory is expected to continue as online consumption grows by 20 percent annually through 2020, thanks to an expanding base of 410 million online shoppers. That strong growth rate is expected to propel ecommerce sales well beyond the $1.5 trillion mark by 2020.

In China, mobile buyers already...

February 3rd, 2016
Nick Marro

After more than a decade, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on December 28, 2015 released a revised edition of China’s Telecommunications Catalogue, effective March 1, 2016. First issued in 2003 by the then-Ministry of Industry and Information, the catalogue serves as the licensing basis for China’s telecom and Internet-related sectors, and indirectly governs foreign company market access into these areas.

The 2015 revision expands the...

February 3rd, 2016
Nick Marro

Chinese regulators unveiled in October more detailed plans for transforming the country into an advanced manufacturing powerhouse. Released by the Leading Group for Creating a Strong Manufacturing Country, identified by the US-China Business Council (USCBC) as a high-level interagency task force created by the State Council to implement the “Made in the China 2025” initiative, the announcement forms a “key technology roadmap” for the sectors in the plan.

This...

February 3rd, 2016
Zoe Sophos

China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), an initiative to support regional infrastructure development, officially launched January 17 when President Xi Jinping hosted opening ceremonies in Beijing. The bank will formally begin operations in the second quarter of 2016, and is expected to lend $10 billion to $15 billion per year of its $100 billion total authorized capital. Lending efforts will focus on energy, transportation, telecom, urban development, logistics, and  ...

February 3rd, 2016
Stephanie Henry

The year ahead will be a decisive one for China’s economy, as policymakers must decide between a long-term rebalancing strategy or measures that produce short-term economic gains, economist Dan Rosen said January 28 at the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) annual Forecast Conference. Rosen, of Rhodium Group, said Chinese leaders need to address top economic challenges including balance-of-payments issues, two-way investment trends, and broadly restructuring its economy.

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