China Market Intelligence

January 22nd, 2020
By Pearson Goodman and Jake Parker
The agreement includes considerable positive developments on issues concerning financial services, agriculture, and intellectual property. China also committed to major purchases of US goods above 2017 levels. The dispute resolution mechanism aims to ensure faithful implementation.

After years of negotiations and months of speculation about its content, US and Chinese negotiators signed and released the Phase One trade agreement on January 15. The complete text of the agreement is available...

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 27th, 2018
By Anna Ashton

US companies now have stronger recourse against Chinese businesses that claim Chinese law as a protection for unfair practices. According to a unanimous US Supreme Court ruling earlier this month, Chinese government claims about what its law requires do not automatically protect Chinese companies that violate US law.  

US vitamin C purchasers Animal Science Products Inc and Ranis Co. accused Chinese vitamin C producers of violating US antitrust laws by colluding to...

October 25th, 2017
By David Solomon

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) recently submitted comments to the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) on the Implementation of Food Safety Law of the People’s Republic of China. USCBC’s submission highlighted articles in need of further clarity or adjustments as CFDA seeks to improve nationwide food safety and security through the finalized law.

USCBC’s letter addresses a variety of concerns raised by its members by:

Calling for...

August 31st, 2017
By Jake Laband

Changes stemming from the implementation of China’s Food Safety Law threaten to block imports of a wide range of food products from countries unable to provide the necessary certificates. The new regulations from the General Administration of Quality, Supervision, Inspection & Quarantine (AQSIQ) take effect October 1 and require food and beverage importers to secure a certificate from government authorities in the originating country guaranteeing that the entire process of...

August 20th, 2014
Owen Haacke

Recent food safety incidents in China have caused many foreign food and consumer goods companies to reexamine their quality assurance systems. Lapses can have serious consequences: one oversight can disrupt a regional supply chain, lead to a dramatic drop in profits, or cause serious harm to the reputation of a foreign brand, as happened in the Shanghai Husi tainted meat case. The US-China Business Council (USCBC) has recently interviewed several member companies to identify best...

July 23rd, 2014
Dan Markus

Producers who violate China’s food safety standards could face stiffer penalties if a draft revision of the country’s Food Safety Law is approved later this summer. This would be the first-ever revision to the law, which was first implemented in 2009 to address growing domestic concerns about improper food additives, food product supervision, safety standards, and inadequate legal repercussions against violators, particularly in the wake of the 2008 melamine-tainted milk scandal. The revised...

December 20th, 2013

US and Chinese senior government officials announced movement on key business issues during this year’s plenary session of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), an annual high-level discussion on business, commercial, and trade topics held this year in Beijing. Expectations for this year’s JCCT were mixed, given that the meeting took place just one month after the third plenum of the 18th Chinese Communist Party with new lead negotiators for both the United States and China. The...

December 11th, 2013
Sue Hao and John Lenhart

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has renewed its pledge to step up antimonopoly and price-fixing efforts in a year that has already seen an unprecedented number of price-related investigations. Between 2008—when the Antimonopoly Law (AML) was passed—and 2012, the NDRC conducted just over 20 price related investigations. In 2013 alone, the agency has investigated more than 80 companies, mainly concentrated in the pharmaceutical, infant formula, and Chinese liquor...

May 1st, 2013

In the wake of a recent spate of food safety incidents, the State Council is evaluating proposed internal reorganization changes for the new China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) and has also released its 2013 Work Plan on Food Safety. Both of these developments offer prescient cues about how China will tackle food safety issues under a new Xi administration, and reflect government reshuffling announced earlier in March at the National People’s Congress. Over the next few months, the...