China Market Intelligence

July 25th, 2018
By Owen Haacke

US companies with an “in China, for China” strategy regularly work to improve responsiveness to consumer demands in an effort to remain competitive. The pace of change is faster in China than other global markets, and constant adaptation of strategy and products can be necessary.

China market competitiveness is the top priority for many companies, and quickly developing products tailored to the China market can help firms achieve that goal. However, companies...

July 25th, 2018
By Ricky Altieri and Sun Yi

Government ministries have recently announced a series of regulations on blockchain technology, which allows for the creation of an incorruptible digital ledger of transactions accessible only by parties involved in a given transaction. Given blockchain’s growing influence and wide scope of applicability, an understanding of the emerging regulatory landscape may help companies adopt a corporate strategy to introduce blockchain technologies in China as smoothly as possible.

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July 25th, 2018
By Patrick Lozada

Despite its widespread use in China, multinational companies struggle to integrate the popular Chinese messaging service WeChat into IT solutions through approved, globally used platforms.

With more than one billion active users, the messaging platform is omnipresent in China. Developed by Chinese internet giant Tencent, WeChat is widely used for personal communications and increasingly with customers, suppliers and in intra-company communications. It allows users...

July 11th, 2018
By Ricky Altieri

China has implemented new rules setting requirements on the storage, use, and flow of scientific data. Although intended to strengthen data security and promote data sharing, the measures could affect companies’ university partnerships and R&D centers in the pharmaceutical, automotive and tech industries.

The Administrative Measures for Scientific Data Management were released by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in April, and immediately put into...

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, 2018

President Donald Trump has decided against using much-anticipated new measures to restrict Chinese access to US technology and instead will use existing tools, according to a White House announcement this morning. The US-China Business Council (USCBC) issued a statement in support of the decision, while encouraging the administration to maintain the appropriate balance between national security and economic interests and calling on the US and Chinese governments to step back from...

June 27th, 2018
By Anna Ashton

US companies now have stronger recourse against Chinese businesses that claim Chinese law as a protection for unfair practices. According to a unanimous US Supreme Court ruling earlier this month, Chinese government claims about what its law requires do not automatically protect Chinese companies that violate US law.  

US vitamin C purchasers Animal Science Products Inc and Ranis Co. accused Chinese vitamin C producers of violating US antitrust laws by colluding to...

June 13th, 2018
By Sun Yi & Ricky Altieri

Draft regulations related to China’s 2017 Cybersecurity Law may come into effect as soon as this month, according to US-China Business Council (USCBC) conversations with government regulators. China’s cyber authorities recently published drafts of four regulations that supplement the Cybersecurity Law, which has drawn concern from the business community because of its data localization requirements, security assessment procedures, and ambiguous scope. These drafts could affect...

May 30th, 2018
By Jake Laband and Anna Ashton

Although the denial order recently brought by the U.S. Department of Commerce against Chinese smartphone and telecommunications equipment giant ZTE is based on admitted wrongdoing, the discretionary action has hurt US suppliers and bolstered the claims of Chinese policy makers that China is overly reliant on foreign technology – and that a shift in political winds could disrupt important supply chains for Chinese firms if greater technological independence is not achieved.

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May 30th, 2018
By Patrick Lozada

Amid rising US-China trade tensions, American pet food brands including Petco, Wellness, and Canidae have been removed from some Chinese ecommerce platforms. And an Import Feed Registration Certificate is now required for pet food, according to an unpublished, government certified notice to ecommerce companies asking them to heighten supervision of major American-made products, specifically pet and other types of food, healthcare products, and cosmetics (see translation here)....

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