China Market Intelligence

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...

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...

June 28th, 2017
By USCBC Staff

On Friday, China’s State Council released a revised list of investment restrictions that may allow companies in a number of industries additional market access in the 11 designated free trade zones (FTZs) around the country. The revised negative list, which names sectors that retain foreign investment restriction,  goes into effect on July 10, 2017.  

The openings announced today apply only to foreign companies’ operations in the free trade zones. It is unclear how these openings...

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...

October 1st, 2014
Owen Haacke

Overcapacity, or a glut of production capabilities, is a growing concern for US-China Business Council (USCBC) member companies in their China operations, according to USCBC’s 2014 business environment survey. For the first time since 2009, overcapacity made the top 10 list of challenges, with almost 50 percent of respondents saying that in recent years the issue has gotten progressively worse. This deterioration is due in part to government stimulus measures that have encouraged...

June 12th, 2014
Ryan Ong

Foreign testing labs and certification providers may now apply for the right to offer services related to the China Compulsory Certification (CCC) mark, a safety mark for products sold or used in the Chinese market. Previously, foreign companies were allowed to provide services only for goods exported from China to other markets. According to the National Certification Administration of China’s (CNCA) June 11 notice, such companies can apply to be “designated” providers if they are currently...

October 30th, 2013
By Stephanie Henry

At the end of September, China requested formally to join negotiations for the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), an effort that aims to remove barriers to services trade among negotiating parties. If China becomes party to TISA, its entry will add complexity to the talks and dramatically expand the value of overall negotiations. China has repeatedly made clear that it wants to pursue “proactive strategies” to strengthen its services sector, in an effort to rebalance its economy and become...

January 3rd, 2008

The PRC Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) recently released the Outline of the 11th Five-Year Plan (FYP) on Developing Services Trade (2006-10), which sets growth targets and broad objectives and details sector-specific goals. The FYP is the first of its kind for the services sector and follows the March 2007 State Council Opinion on Expediting the Development of the Services Sector and the formation of a leading group on the development of the services sector headquartered in the National...

June 27th, 2007

The US Embassy in Beijing recently formed a sub-unit within its Trade and Investment Policy Unit to track developments in major sectors of the services industry and to analyze PRC government policies that may cut across multiple service sectors. The embassy is soliciting feedback from US companies on expanding market access opportunities for US service providers. Interested companies may contact Geoff Siebengartner (T: 86-10-6532-3831 x 6068) at the embassy for more information and to...

April 18th, 2007

As reported in the April 4 CMI, the PRC State Council recently issued an opinion on developing China's services sector, which proposed forming a task force--or "leading group" in PRC government terminology--to manage services sector development. Recent press reports and US-China Business Council (USCBC) sources have confirmed more details on the leading group.

The National Leading Group for the Development of the Services Industry will be an interagency standing body under the State...

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