China Market Intelligence

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...

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...

July 8th, 2015
Dan Markus

“Made in China 2025” got a boost on June 24 when the State Council formed a high-level interagency task force to direct the initiative, entitled the Leading Group for Creating a Strong Manufacturing Country. The new group will be responsible for reviewing and implementing the Made in China 2025 plan, a ten-year blueprint to increase China’s manufacturing competitiveness. The group is also charged with coordinating policy implementation among government and party decision-making bodies.

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January 20th, 2015
Matthew Margulies

On January 13, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a circular notice completely removing the foreign equity cap for investment in e-commerce companies in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (Shanghai FTZ). The notice allows foreign-invested enterprises to control 100 percent stakes in such companies.

Since early 2014, Chinese authorities have consistently taken steps to loosen foreign investment restrictions in e-commerce, which is classified as a value-...