In July of last year, several arms of China's government released the first in a series of documents detailing the country’s latest national crime reduction campaign, encouraging stronger enforcement of existing laws and regulations. While several similar initiatives have occurred in the past, many US companies and risk management experts note that consistent rule-of-law type enforcement is the new normal.
China Market Intelligence
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 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.
US and Chinese negotiators are gearing up for a busy quarter as they head into bilateral and multilateral trade and investment talks.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.