China Market Intelligence

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 20th, 2016
Jake Laband and Lipei Zhang

The enforcement of China’s Antimonopoly Law (AML) remained a priority for the United States throughout 2015, despite the fact that few new cases were launched last year. President Xi Jinping’s September visit to the United States and the November Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in Guangzhou made progress to improve fair treatment, due process and regulatory transparency in AML cases, and to clarify the relationship between the use of intellectual property (IP) and...

January 20th, 2016

On January 20, 2016, the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) board of directors released its fifth annual priorities statement, detailing actions needed to continue building a strong, mutually beneficial commercial relationship between the United States and China. The goal of the statement is to focus the efforts of both governments on the top priorities for American companies that conduct business with China.

With the backdrop of global attention on China’s...

January 6th, 2016

The new year ushered in several personnel changes at the US-China Business Council (USCBC), which will continue the tradition of strong leadership in the organization’s key roles.

Jake Parker, director of USCBC’s Shanghai office since January 2014, was promoted to Vice President, China Operations. He will lead USCBC’s Beijing and Shanghai offices and report directly to USCBC President John Frisbie.

Anna Tucker Ashton will join USCBC on January 25...

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...

January 6th, 2016
Yan Yu

Following 10 months of silence, the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee in December passed China’s first Counterterrorism Law effective January 1. The law provides a clearer definition of  “terrorism” and removes some problematic requirements for telecommunications and internet businesses included in the initial draft version of the law.

What is Terrorism?

The law identifies terrorism as “appeals and actions that create social panic, endanger public...

January 6th, 2016
Nick Marro

Efforts over the past year to enhance China’s information technology security policies have raised serious concerns among foreign-industry players. American companies are worried that the Chinese government’s application  of “national security” could restrict investment in and the procurement of their products in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, especially among China’s state-owned enterprises (SOE) and public procurement market.

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January 6th, 2016
Yan Yu

PRC personnel changes at the central level, announced during the final quarter of 2015, include appointments and promotions in ministries responsible for technology innovation, financial reform and other areas of interest to foreign companies.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Four promotions within MOFA in recent months brought about changes to its lineup of vice and assistant ministers.

Assistant Minister Zheng Zeguang was promoted to vice minister and will...
January 6th, 2016
Pianpian Huang

Woeful performance data from China’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) may be increasing calls for reform, but a recent policy package does not appear to address fundamental issues around governance and market orientation, despite the accompanying rhetoric.

Total debts at China's state-owned enterprises (SOE) rose 18.2 percent to 78.31 trillion yuan ($12.24 trillion) and profit dropped 9.5 percent to 2.04 trillion yuan ($320 million) from January to November 2015...

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