China Market Intelligence

September 5th, 2018
By Jake Laband

Senior Chinese leaders have repeatedly insisted China is improving market access and the investment environment, improving the protection of intellectual property, and ensuring equal treatment of foreign and domestic companies in China. “China’s door of opening-up will not be closed and will only open even wider!” exclaimed President Xi Jinping at the 2018 Bo’ao Forum.

While many foreign companies report positive momentum in China’s economic reform efforts, a...

May 4th, 2018

Trade talks between the US and China ended today in Beijing with each side apparently staking out positions the other side is unlikely to meet. An optimistic interpretation is that the two sides have laid out opening positions and set up a process for negotiations to resolve trade tensions. However, two documents are circulating that USCBC sources say accurately reflect positions presented by each side; if so, the gap to be overcome is wide.

Based on the supposed US document provided...

April 4th, 2018
By USCBC Staff

The United States and China have both fired warning shots on the growing field of bilateral trade disputes, though the most significant battle is likely still weeks away. While both sides have announced proposed tariffs on $50 billion in imports in relation to the USTR’s investigation into China’s intellectual property and technology transfer policies, neither will be implemented immediately.

On Tuesday...

January 24th, 2018
By USCBC staff

To assist companies as they plan for the year ahead, US-China Business Council staff  compiled short summaries of the recent laws and regulations in China and those expected to be acted on in 2018. The first of this series of summaries focuses on agriculture, healthcare and intellectual property rights. Sectors covered in upcoming editions will cover information technology, financial services, energy and environment and automotive industry issues.  

Agriculture and food safety

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July 8th, 2015
Zhang Lipei and Jake Laband

A lack of recent news about competition-related investigation cases should not be misinterpreted as a lull in enforcement activity related to China’s Antimonopoly Law (AML), a National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) official stated at a recent USCBC-sponsored event. USCBC’s May 2015 update on competition enforcement had reported a pause by Chinese competition regulators on some controversial AML enforcement practices. Yet, speaking as a part of a dialogue with NDRC’s Bureau of...

July 8th, 2015
Yan Yu and Nick Marro

China’s legislature on July 1 finalized the National Security Law of China, which includes all-encompassing definitions of national security as well as troublesome language to keep critical technology “secure and controllable.” The law was passed almost unanimously on the last day of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee’s June 24-July 1 executive session. The vague nature of key definitions of national security—and the continued use of terms such as “secure and...

January 20th, 2015
Ryan Ong

On January 4, the State Council released information about its new National Strategic Action Plan for Deepening Implementation of IPR (2014-2020). This plan—passed by the State council on December 29, 2014—aims to deepen implementation of China’s 2008 National IP Strategy, provide specific goals for China to promote more IP creation and commercialization, boost the level of IP enforcement, promote IP management (including software legalization), and enhance international cooperation. ...

November 14th, 2014
Ryan Ong

China has taken big steps forward in recent weeks with its plans to establish specialized intellectual property (IP) courts in three cities. The Beijing IP Court announced its formal launch and new leadership, while Shanghai and Guangzhou are actively working towards formal launches by the end of the year. These courts, which are designed to improve the quality of IP-related court judgments, will run for a three-year period before the Supreme People’s Court evaluates and determines next...

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...