China Market Intelligence

June 19th, 2019
By Chris Miller
China is aggressively phasing out fossil fuels and encouraging the development of new energy vehicles in its auto sector to improve the industry’s carbon footprint. Some of the policies associated with these goals have set impractical deadlines and created market distortions, but there is room for optimism in the government’s ongoing efforts to refine its approach.

China plans to ban the sale of fossil fuel powered vehicles by 2040 according to the Ministry of Industry and Information...

October 10th, 2018
By Ian Hutchinson

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) may face mild competition from US and EU alternatives.

While some have characterized BRI as “debt trap diplomacy,” China appears to be willing to restructure debts or change its strategies to address concerns.

Over the past five years, President Xi Jinping’s landmark Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which offers significant financing for infrastructure projects from China’s backyard to as far away as Europe...

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...

May 2nd, 2018
By Patrick Lozada

As China pushes for technological advances and autonomous vehicles (AVs), new government regulations released in April could have implications beyond the automotive industry. The new rules regulate liability, test driver qualifications, data reporting, and data storage.

More than half of new vehicles sold in China will have some form of autonomous capacity by 2020 if the government meets its goals, and more than 15 percent will be highly autonomous by 2025. The new...

August 30th, 2017
By Jake Parker and Erin Ennis

As a temporary suspension expires this month, US companies’ concerns about China’s height limits on trucks came to the forefront of US-China Business Council (USCBC) advocacy efforts. The expiring regulation re-imposed a ban on trucks over 4 meters, making it impossible for shippers to transport products in high-cube (HQ) containers--internationally used intermodal containers commonly imported to China.

USCBC asked Ministry of Transportation (MOT) Minister Li...

July 23rd, 2014
Angela Fan

Chinese President Xi Jinping announced in mid-June that officials in his administration will push forward an “energy revolution,” focused on reducing energy consumption, increasing energy supply, and improving energy efficiency. While the announcement was short on implementing details, the three reform strategies outlined in his speech provide the underpinning to China’s future policy direction and market movements, and provide guidance for foreign companies seeking new opportunities in...

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...

March 19th, 2014
Angela Fan and Nick Marro

Senior Chinese officials continued to emphasize the importance of market-oriented economic reforms at China’s recent meeting of parliament, though little substantive commercial legislation was passed during the session. Environmental protection, administrative reform, and anti-corruption were major themes of discussion at the second session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC), which ended March 13.

Discussions on financial sector reforms received significant attention in...

March 19th, 2014
Stephanie Henry

US exports to China experienced a surge at the end of 2013, capping off a year of steady bilateral trade growth and continuing economic recovery. US exports to China grew by 24 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2013, led by oilseeds and grains, according to data from the US International Trade Commission. October through December were strong months for US exports to China, with each month seeing an increase in exports of at least 20 percent, compared to the same month in 2012...

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...