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...

August 23rd, 2018
By Huihui Shen and Owen Haacke

US companies are looking at potential opportunities in China’s island province of Hainan—a historically tourism-driven economy that is promoting further openings to foreign business as part of its new status as a free trade zone (FTZ). Hainan will implement the same policies as China’s other FTZs, including the FTZ negative list. Hainan also plans to set up a free trade port, which will have a greater focus on customs clearance than FTZs; the free trade port will be fully...

October 15th, 2014
Zoe Sophos

As US and Chinese government officials prepare for a busy season of bilateral engagement—including the November meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and a November bilateral meeting between Presidents Obama and Xi, US officials and their Chinese counterparts are hard at work on the agenda for the December 2015 Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), which will cover key trade and economic topics, including market access, intellectual property rights, transparency,...

December 20th, 2013
USCBC Staff

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...

October 2nd, 2013
By Shelly Zhao

US officials continued to push for the lowering of trade and investment barriers into China at the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) mid-year review, which took place in Beijing on September 11. The meetings, led by Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez and Acting Deputy US Trade Representative Wendy Cutler, dealt with market access and investment issues across a wide range of industries. They also revisited outstanding JCCT commitments, typically...

May 15th, 2013
USCBC Staff

On May 3, the State Council released draft regulations for public comment on Administration Regulation of Entry and Exit of Foreigners. The regulations propose the creation of two new visas for foreign professionals—R1 and R2 visas. Foreign holders of the new R1 visa will have the opportunity to apply for a five-year residency permit, while holders of the R2 visa will be allowed multiple entry and stay in China of up to 180 days. These visas will be available to foreign “talent and...

May 14th, 2008

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) is continuing to receive mixed reports on China's recent tightening of visa application processes in the run up to the Beijing Olympic Games in August. Changes appear primarily to be affecting business travelers based in Hong Kong and foreign nationals currently in China whose existing visas are about to expire. Whereas Hong Kong residents, business visitors, and some China-based executives could apply for PRC visas in Hong Kong in the past, USCBC...

April 30th, 2008

In an effort to tighten immigration controls before the Olympics, the PRC government is tightening enforcement of existing visa application document requirements and shortening visa durations for "F" (business) and "L" (tourist) visas.

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) has contacted the PRC Embassy in Washington, DC, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Beijing. MOFA indicated that there has not been a change in visa regulations, only a more consistent application of...

March 26th, 2008

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) last week approved two nonstop flights to China that will start daily operation next year: a route from Atlanta to Shanghai operated by Delta Air Lines, Inc. and a route from San Francisco to Guangzhou, Guangdong, operated by United Airlines Corp. DOT also proposed to award four other US carriers with nonstop routes beginning in 2009.

According to DOT Secretary Mary E. Peters, following a period for public comments on the proposed routes, DOT...

March 5th, 2008

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) last week approved two nonstop flights to China that will start daily operation next year: a route from Atlanta to Shanghai operated by Delta Air Lines, Inc. and a route from San Francisco to Guangzhou, Guangdong, operated by United Airlines Corp. DOT also proposed to award four other US carriers with nonstop routes beginning in 2009.

According to DOT Secretary Mary E. Peters, following a period for public comments on the proposed routes, DOT...

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