China Market Intelligence

January 22nd, 2020
By Antonio Douglas
Nearly three years after the Cybersecurity Law went into effect, regulatory clarity remains elusive, including around the MLPS 2.0.  Most companies are taking a wait-and-see approach until key concepts are defined in more detail.

New standards updating China’s cybersecurity Multi-Level Protection Scheme (MLPS), went into effect December 1, officially ushering in the MLPS 2.0 era with an expanded scope. To better understand how the MLPS 2.0 framework is impacting foreign businesses, USCBC...

December 11th, 2019
By Antonio Douglas
Several measures that implement concepts present in China’s Cybersecurity Law were released over the last year. CII, important data, and cross-border data flow concerns remain unresolved.  Several regulations remain in draft form with no discernible timeline for further comment periods or finalized releases.

This past year finally saw more specific guidance on cybersecurity reviews, critical information infrastructure (CII), cross-border data transfers, and personal information, though many...

November 28th, 2018
By Ricky Altieri

Three Chinese regulators announced upcoming or recent cyber security inspections.

The inspections that have already taken place targeted domestic companies.

The announcements are a step forward in China’s implementation of its cybersecurity regime, but provided no detailed timeline for full-scale inspections of foreign companies covered by the law.

Three Chinese regulators recently announced upcoming or recent cyber...

November 7th, 2018
By Anna Ashton

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) and several other trade associations submitted joint comments on provisions regarding personal information and data privacy protection in China’s Draft Civil Code, which is being revised by the National People’s Congress.

Although the draft language appears intended to implement explicit protections for personal privacy and individual rights, some provisions could do the opposite and impede companies’ ability to deliver the...

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...

August 8th, 2018
By Ricky Altieri, Chenyu Wu, Mohan Sun

Made in China 2025 (MIC2025), a central government economic plan that supports the development of advanced technology industries, has resulted in a slew of provincial legal documents with important implications for foreign businesses. Although they vary in specificity and length, these documents illuminate how this broad national initiative is being translated into concrete local government action.

Taking the form of action plans, guidelines, and opinions, this...

July 25th, 2018
By Ricky Altieri and Sun Yi

Government ministries have recently announced a series of regulations on blockchain technology, which allows for the creation of an incorruptible digital ledger of transactions accessible only by parties involved in a given transaction. Given blockchain’s growing influence and wide scope of applicability, an understanding of the emerging regulatory landscape may help companies adopt a corporate strategy to introduce blockchain technologies in China as smoothly as possible.

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July 25th, 2018
By Patrick Lozada

Despite its widespread use in China, multinational companies struggle to integrate the popular Chinese messaging service WeChat into IT solutions through approved, globally used platforms.

With more than one billion active users, the messaging platform is omnipresent in China. Developed by Chinese internet giant Tencent, WeChat is widely used for personal communications and increasingly with customers, suppliers and in intra-company communications. It allows users...

July 11th, 2018
By Ricky Altieri

China has implemented new rules setting requirements on the storage, use, and flow of scientific data. Although intended to strengthen data security and promote data sharing, the measures could affect companies’ university partnerships and R&D centers in the pharmaceutical, automotive and tech industries.

The Administrative Measures for Scientific Data Management were released by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in April, and immediately put into...

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...

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