China Market Intelligence

January 30th, 2019
By Angela Deng

Trade talks to date have touched on a wide range of issues, but have not narrowed differences on structural issues like IP protection, forced tech transfers, and subsidies to China’s state-owned enterprises.

China has taken some steps to reduce trade tension, namely pledging to buy more US products, and a few measures addressing substantive US concerns on trade.

Vice Premier Liu He is meeting on January 30 and 31 with US Trade Representative...

September 20th, 2018
By Chynna Hawes

On September 7, the 13th National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC), China’s constitutional authority, released its five-year legislative plan, outlining and prioritizing major legislative tasks into three classes that, in principle, are listed in descending priority; however, items are not passed or deliberated in sequence.

The 13th NPCSC's legislative plan includes 69 “Class I” projects to be completed by March 2023. However, many Class I projects...

June 28th, 2018

China’s economic policymakers today released a revised list of restricted sectors for foreign investment, which incorporates liberalizations announced during recent months. The new “national negative list” includes greater openings in sectors such as finance, transportation, commercial logistics, professional services, seeds, coal and non-metal mining, and the manufacturing of autos, ships, and aircraft. China had set a deadline of issuing the new list before the end of June; today’s release...

May 21st, 2018
By USCBC Staff

The US and China over the weekend put tariffs on hold, but an agreement on broader trade tensions has not been reached and tariffs cannot be dismissed in the future, given continuing differences within the Trump administration on China trade policy.

Last week’s discussions focused primarily on reducing the US trade deficit with China, not on more structural issues such as market access barriers and level playing field concerns, or on China’s inadequate protection...

February 7th, 2018
By David Solomon

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) recently announced its 2018 priorities for pricing investigations under the anti-monopoly law (AML), listing key industries in which it says price-fixing tactics impact the day-to-day lives of Chinese citizens.

According to a CCTV report, NDRC will intensify enforcement in bulk pharmaceutical chemicals, scarce drugs, medical devices, automotive equipment, natural gas, tap water, electricity, industrial raw...

November 10th, 2015
Yan Yu and Nick Marro

This issue marks the first of a regular series of US-China Business Council (USCBC) reports analyzing key discussions and decisions of China’s bimonthly National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee Meetings, the most recent of which concluded on November 4. According to press reports, during this round of meetings central legislators approved decisions covering reforms in the pharmaceutical, agriculture, and other consumer-facing industries.

Reforms in pharmaceutical...
October 14th, 2015
Stephanie Henry

US and Chinese negotiators are gearing up for a busy quarter as they head into bilateral and multilateral trade and investment talks. This fall, US negotiators will participate in the US-China Joint Committee on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) negotiations—the primary forum used by both governments to raise industry-specific concerns and discuss cross-cutting issues—as well as prepare for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting. This year’s JCCT ministerial...

December 19th, 2014
USCBC Staff

The United States and China wrapped up three days of commercial negotiations in Chicago yesterday, making  progress on competition policy, intellectual property rights (IPR), and product approvals in agriculture and medical devices. The 25th Meeting of the US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT)—an annual bilateral dialogue about commercial cooperation and concerns—built on the success of the November bilateral meeting between Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping by...

December 3rd, 2014
Owen Haacke

In November, Chinese and US negotiators surprised the global business community by announcing an end to a standoff over high-technology tariffs. In agreeing to move forward with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA), China paved the way for the slashing of tariffs on items from semiconductors to video game consoles. The breakthrough on ITA was a welcome development, but there are a number of other WTO initiatives that both the United States and China are...

March 19th, 2014
Ryan Ong

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) will recommend solutions to foreign investment, intellectual property, and administrative licensing issues in China in a yearly submission to US government trade talk representatives this week. The recommendations—submitted in advance of the annual US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) talks—also address industry-specific issues in areas like healthcare, express delivery, financial services, agriculture, and media.

The 170...

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