China Market Intelligence

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...

March 27th, 2019
By Ricky Altieri
China expedited approval of a new Foreign Investment Law. VAT taxes will be reduced in manufacturing, construction, and transportation. Premier Li announced increased support for infrastructure and easing of credit access, but without new commitments of government spending. The Supreme People’s Court echoed earlier commitments to continue improving the intellectual property environment.

This year’s National People’s Congress (NPC) which took place March 5-15 included a few key...

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...

August 16th, 2017
By Jake Laband and Juliana Batista

As China urbanizes, and workers move from factories to offices, the construction and operation of buildings will account for a growing share of Chinese cities’ energy consumption and carbon emissions. While the buildings in most cities in China accounted for 20 to 25 percent of municipal energy consumption in 2013, buildings in Beijing, a major business and administrative center, accounted for more than 50 percent of the city’s municipal energy consumption in 2010, a number that...

April 2nd, 2014
Jake Laband

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. These policies could provide new opportunities to foreign companies operating in China.

The plan, released on March 16, will begin to shift urbanization efforts away from traditional investment-heavy priorities like real estate...

January 8th, 2014
Owen Haacke

Over the past four decades, China has seen the largest migration in human history. Since 1979, more than 300 million rural residents have moved into China’s cities, bringing the country’s urban population to 710 million. This has increased the proportion of China’s urban population from just 17.9 percent in 1978 to 52.6 percent today. Recognizing the need to address the challenges this shift has created, top Chinese leaders are pushing for a “people-focused” urbanization plan, some details...

July 2nd, 2008

For the first time since 1986, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) reached an affirmative final determination in a countervailing duty (CVD) investigation against Chinese imports. On June 20, ITC determined that US industry has been materially injured by certain imports of circular welded carbon-quality steel pipe from China. As a result, countervailing duties will be collected for imported products that meet the specifications detailed in the determination, and temporary duties...