China Market Intelligence

April 12th, 2016
Zoe Sophos

On April 8, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), in consultation with the Ministry of Commerce, released the Draft Market Access Negative List to be piloted in Tianjin, Shanghai, Fujian and Guangdong. The list catalogues sectors with restrictions on investment by foreign and domestic investors. Although the full negative list was not released, it contains 328 items, including 96 prohibited items and 232 restricted items.
The draft will retroactively be...

March 2nd, 2016
Pianpian Huang

A year after the amended Consumer Protection Law (CPL) was implemented, consumer complaints in China increased by 14.3 percent. And, as the number of online consumers in China continues to grow—302 million online shoppers spent 1.85 trillion yuan in 2013—the protections are increasingly necessary.

Officials revamped the 20-year-old CPL in 2013 to respond to the enormous changes in consumption patterns, structure and concept, and strengthen consumer rights...

March 2nd, 2016
Nick Marro and Yan Yu

China’s leading legislative body will convene March 3, with economic themes expected to be prominent on the agenda. Following the 2015 National People’s Congress (NPC) meetings, the government announced a broad agenda to stabilize the economy and continue reforms in the sectors that need it the most, such as in environmental sustainability, fiscal policy, and the reform of state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

China delivered on some 2015 commitments—such as passage of...

March 2nd, 2016
Owen Haacke

With the release of China’s central government’s 13th Five-Year Plan (FYP)—an economic and social planning blueprint—expected later this month, newly released local plans may point to common themes of raising incomes, modernizing industry, environmental protection, and innovation.

Provincial-level five-year plans already released include Zhejiang, Guangdong, Chongqing, Jiangsu, and Shanghai. Key themes include increased investment to promote development and...

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 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.


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  ...

January 20th, 2016
Zoe Sophos

Squeezed by an economic downturn and the tepid pace of economic reforms, domestic Chinese companies share the concerns of US companies, who also face a more challenging operating environment in China, as indicated by an annual survey that measures challenges for domestic firms.

According to the China Center for the Promotion of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development, an organization within China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the...

January 20th, 2016
Jake Parker

When President Xi Jinping suggested in November a shift to “supply-side economic growth,” he set in motion a flurry of domestic and international media speculation on a potential new course for China’s economic policy. A relatively new term for China’s senior leaders, supply-side economics aims to address factors of China’s slowing economic growth, particularly the investment-led approach historically favored by its economic policymakers. The old model, which leveraged heavy...

January 6th, 2016
Taoyu Liu

As of January 1, married couples in China can have two children, marking the official end to the 35-year, one-child policy. The Fifth Plenary Sessions of 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party amended the 1980 Population and Family Planning Law on December 27.

China’s family planning system has been steadily eased over the years; for instance, in late 2013 the government allowed urban couples to have two children if either parent is an only child. Rural couples have...