China Market Intelligence

September 5th, 2018
By Owen Haacke and Melinda Xu

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress passed China’s Ecommerce Law on August 31, creating a framework for regulating China’s rapidly growing ecommerce market. The law takes effect January 1, 2019. Guidance on implementation of the law, as well as for cross-border ecommerce, will be released later.

After USCBC submitted comments on the final public draft of the law, the Chinese government made a number of changes to address concerns, including...

March 21st, 2018
By He Jiao and USCBC Staff

The General Office of the State Council’s legislative work plan for 2018 indicates that several policies affecting foreign companies may be revised this year, including foreign investment restrictions, ecommerce, tax, and environmental regulations.

The State Council plan is prepared each year in conjunction with an annual legislative plan from the Standing Committee of China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC). The NPC’s 2018 legislative work plan...

February 7th, 2018
By USCBC Staff

Recent rebukes from Chinese regulators have prompted a review of corporate websites to ensure the classification of place names are consistent with international diplomatic protocol and Chinese regulations. In a survey to guests, Marriott International listed Hong Kong, Tibet, and Macao as separate countries as opposed to parts of China. Although the chain apologized for the incident, a string of other companies have since come under fire for similar issues on their corporate...

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

May 31st, 2017
By Lipei Zhang & Jake Parker

A recently released draft regulation requires a 30-day public comment period for all rules and measures issued by agencies under the authority of the State Council, as well as provincial and local governments. This move marks incremental progress on China’s commitment to increasing transparency in the policymaking process and aligns with recommendations outlined in the US-China Business Council’s Board Priorities Statement.

The State Council Legislative Affairs...

May 11th, 2016
Yan Yu and Nick Marro

The 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, which concluded its recent bimonthly session April 28 in Beijing, passed China’s Foreign Non-Governmental Organization Law, and released a drafts of two other laws for public comment.


October 28th, 2015
Nick Marro

Hindered by redundancies in the approval process, problems securing suitable data for clinical trials, and disparities in the drug classification system between China and other countries, foreign companies have rarely found it easy to navigate China’s lengthy regulatory framework for approving pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Among their top concerns, companies have reported long approval backlogs, at times resulting in wait times of up to five years or more to get products...

September 2nd, 2015
Ryan Ong

Explosions at a Tianjin chemical plant in August—resulting in at least 160 dead, 14 missing, and hundreds still hospitalizedd—have prompted a strong response from the Chinese government at the central and local levels, with calls for nationwide inspections of hazardous chemicals, arrests of the plant’s managers, and the sacking of Chinese safety officials. However, the incident has also prompted critical questions for both government and public on how such an incident could have...

June 24th, 2015
Nick Marro

New and broader guidelines for investment reviews and approvals in China are on the way, according to the Draft Regulations on Government Approval and Filing of Investment Projects released by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on June 12. The draft policy—released for a comment period of only 10 days—defines the aspects of a proposed investment that could trigger a national security review, but uses broad and undefined terms such as national security, ecological security...