China Market Intelligence

August 7th, 2019
By Chris Miller and Owen Haacke
China’s latest national-level law enforcement campaign has led to ramped-up policing and changes in law enforcement strategy according to USCBC member company experts. Maintaining legal compliance, particularly with regard to taxation and accounting, greatly reduces the risk of raids and/ or travel bans. Employees traveling to or based in China should be aware of additional risks prior to travel.

In July of last year, several arms of China's government released the first in a series of...

November 28th, 2018
By Lipei Zhang and Angela Deng

Allianz, a German insurance company, received the approval from CBIRC to set up a wholly foreign-owned holding company. While the holding company will help Allianz consolidate its insurance businesses in China, no details have been mentioned about how the holding company will adjust Allianz’s equity shares in its joint ventures.

If Allianz seeks to increase its life insurance JV ownership stake and receives approval, it may be an indication that China is...

September 5th, 2018
By Jake Laband

Senior Chinese leaders have repeatedly insisted China is improving market access and the investment environment, improving the protection of intellectual property, and ensuring equal treatment of foreign and domestic companies in China. “China’s door of opening-up will not be closed and will only open even wider!” exclaimed President Xi Jinping at the 2018 Bo’ao Forum.

While many foreign companies report positive momentum in China’s economic reform efforts, a...

August 2nd, 2017
By Maryan Escarfullett

China’s rising debt levels concern investors and banking authorities, but regulators are becoming increasingly active in passing policies aimed at controlling debt and managing risks to the economy. While some analysts are cautious about China’s rising debt, others remain optimistic about the government’s ability to manage the issue.

William Foster, senior vice president and credit risk officer of Moody’s Investors Service, recently explained to USCBC member...

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...

June 11th, 2014
Stephanie Henry

As the US government prepares for upcoming negotiations at the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in early July, separate discussions under the Joint Commission and Commerce and Trade (JCCT) framework are well underway. Senior officials from the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) and US Department of Commerce (DOC) visited Beijing in April and May to hold bilateral discussions on a wide range of industry issues, ranging from licensing and intellectual property rights (IPR)...

April 30th, 2014
Jake Laband

Antimonopoly issues, including M&A reviews and pricing investigations, have garnered considerable attention by US stakeholders in recent months, due to widespread reporting on pricing investigations involving foreign companies and a November 2013  National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announcement of targeted sectors. While some high-profile investigations of foreign companies are ongoing, USCBC’s tracking of developments in antitrust and price investigation trends over the...

April 16th, 2014
Owen Haacke

China’s insurance industry regulator will ease restrictions on the number of companies insurers can invest in and expand financing channels for mergers and acquisitions—moves that may allow foreign insurance companies operating in China to expand their business footprint in the market.

Changes made by the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) are part of the central government’s efforts to let the market play a greater role in China’s economy by encouraging industry...

April 2nd, 2014
Jake Laband

China’s long-awaited urbanization plan indicates that the country’s leaders will focus on increasing access to social services, allowing greater labor mobility through residency permit reforms, and increasing the role of the market in real estate pricing. These policies could provide new opportunities to foreign companies operating in China.

The plan, released on March 16, will begin to shift urbanization efforts away from traditional investment-heavy priorities like real estate...

February 19th, 2014
USCBC Staff

Bilateral engagement between the United States and China has begun to ramp up, with the US-China Business Council (USCBC) taking an active role in discussing key business issues with governments from both nations. USCBC is currently soliciting comments from members on their top priorities for the 2014 Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), whose working groups are set to meet in the coming months. Following the release of its 2014 board of directors’ Statement of Priorities, USCBC...

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