China Market Intelligence

October 24th, 2018
By Chynna Hawes

USCBC’s 2018 Member Survey found that China’s intellectual property rights (IPR) protection environment remains generally unchanged from previous years, but slowly improving.

There are clear incentives for China to improve IPR protection. High-level commitments and incremental reforms are welcome, but more work and concrete actions to improve enforcement are necessary to create a thriving system.

China’s protection of intellectual property...

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...

September 20th, 2018
By Jack Kamensky and Owen Haacke

The increase of environmental enforcement actions following the implementation of China’s Environmental Protection Law in January 2015 has had a mixture of positive and negative effects on the business operations of US-China Business Council (USCBC) member companies. Temporary shutdowns and supply chain disruptions have negatively affected company operations, leading many to consider how to proactively mitigate the effects. At the same time, fairer enforcement has helped level 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...

September 20th, 2018
By Chynna Hawes

China’s regulators recently released the first drug traceability proposal since China suspended its previous system in 2016 because of a number of challenges, including complaints of unfair competition and that the government-issued serial number was not compliant with GS1 global standards for pharmaceutical traceability. The goal of the new proposal is to establish a system to trace drugs through the supply chain, prevent counterfeit and substandard drugs from entering the supply...

September 20th, 2018
By Jake Parker

As summer draws to a close, I would like to highlight a few trends USCBC’s China offices are observing based on their conversations with our membership, Chinese media, government sources, and other key influencers.

Tariff Impact

Tariffs were the most common discussion topic with foreign company executives in China over the summer.  While the majority of USCBC members invested in China are manufacturing here to access the local market, some...

September 5th, 2018
By Ricky Altieri

Given the size and complexity of the Chinese ecommerce market, foreign companies often struggle to root out operations selling unlicensed or counterfeit versions of their products. The US-China Business Council (USCBC) consulted member companies to identify and create recommendations for the spate of new challenges to intellectual property (IP) protection in the ecommerce space, including:

Seek out memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with ecommerce platforms. Some...

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...

September 5th, 2018
By Owen Haacke and Melinda Xu

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress passed China’s Ecommerce Law on August 31, creating a framework for regulating China’s rapidly growing ecommerce market. The law takes effect January 1, 2019. Guidance on implementation of the law, as well as for cross-border ecommerce, will be released later.

After USCBC submitted comments on the final public draft of the law, the Chinese government made a number of changes to address concerns, including...

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...

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