China Market Intelligence

November 12th, 2008

The PRC State Council on October 29 released one of China's few comprehensive outlines of its views on and policies toward climate change. China released the white paper, China's Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change, before an international conference on climate change was held in Beijing last weekend and a United Nations conference on climate change is held in December. The white paper covers topics such as the impact that climate change has had on the country's agriculture...

October 29th, 2008

Following months of speculation, the PRC National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Ministry of Health (MOH) on October 14 released a draft of the healthcare reform plan, which is available for comment until November 14. This draft draws on the most recent round of discussion on healthcare reform, which began in September 2006. (For more details and background, see the March 5 CMI.)

The draft plan lays out major government priorities and specific tasks to improve China's...

September 17th, 2008

US-China Business Council (USCBC) President John Frisbie visited China last week for advocacy meetings with senior PRC government officials before yesterday's US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), the US elections, and the fifth Strategic Economic Dialogue, which is due to be held in December.

Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) meetings in Xiamen

Frisbie's first stop was in Xiamen, Fujian, where a USCBC delegation participated in the 12th China...

September 17th, 2008

Since China's Antimonopoly Law (AML) took effect August 1, it has generated substantial public interest, as well as some important initial tests. Two of the most recent AML-related developments are the dismissal of China's first AML case and the National Development and Reform Commission's (NDRC) completion of new regulations against monopoly pricing.

Court rejects AQSIQ case

A Beijing court on September 5 rejected an administrative monopoly case against the PRC...

September 17th, 2008

To prepare for the fifth round of the US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED), which is scheduled to be held in Beijing in December, SED negotiators from the United States have begun preliminary discussions and agenda planning with their PRC counterparts.

Financial services

In late August, officials from the US Department of the Treasury held consultations with PRC financial sector regulators to receive an update on PRC-side SED initiatives. The following is a...

September 17th, 2008

Interest in fostering public-private partnerships between the United States and China in the area of energy and environmental technologies has grown in the past year. Several factors, including the PRC policymakers' increased openness in addressing the country's energy needs and environmental problems, have prompted many US-based policy think tanks and nongovernmental organizations not typically involved in China-related energy and environment issues to launch new initiatives. Most of these...

September 3rd, 2008

The PRC Ministry of Finance (MOF) recently issued clarifications to China's current government procurement regime. MOF's December 2007 Administrative Regulations on Government Purchase of Imported Products  laid out various procedures for PRC government agencies at the national, provincial, and local levels to gain approval from their corresponding finance departments for all purchases of imported products. The ministry's recent announcement adds two main stipulations:

Products made in...
August 20th, 2008

The State Council on August 12 issued a plan that signals key changes in the responsibilities of the Administration on Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ), China's main import-export regulator, which is also in charge of monitoring related health, safety, and standards issues. Though the nature of these changes is still unclear, they could be adjustments to AQSIQ's examination and approval responsibilities and should be monitored carefully for further clarifications....

August 6th, 2008

The National Energy Administration (NEA), the PRC's new energy regulator under the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), announced new roles and responsibilities last week, as part of the internal organization, or "three settings" (san ding), process. "Three settings" refers to the determination of a ministry's internal structure (jigou), assignment of officials and their responsibilities (bianzhi), and staffing (renyuan). The announcement comes as China faces its most severe...

July 23rd, 2008

The United States and China made incremental progress on consumer safety issues at the fourth SED on June 17-18 in Annapolis, Maryland, but no progress was made on troublesome market access issues for meat products. In general, consumer safety was less high-profile than at the December 2007 round of the SED, when the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) with their Chinese counterparts on food and...

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