China Market Intelligence

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 And an Import Feed Registration Certificate is now required for pet food, according to an unpublished, government certified notice to ecommerce companies asking them to heighten supervision of major American-made products, specifically pet and other types of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)....

May 30th, 2018
By Sun Yi

China’s real estate market has long benefitted investors, with its astronomical growth rate and nonexistent property tax, but that might be changing. To rein in real estate prices and curb speculation, the National People’s Congress in March renewed discussions of property taxes.

China’s legislature has not yet put forward a detailed plan, but Vice Minister of Finance Shi Yaobin discussed several key elements at a news conference in March:

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May 21st, 2018
By USCBC Staff

The US and China over the weekend put tariffs on hold, but an agreement on broader trade tensions has not been reached and tariffs cannot be dismissed in the future, given continuing differences within the Trump administration on China trade policy.

Last week’s discussions focused primarily on reducing the US trade deficit with China, not on more structural issues such as market access barriers and level playing field concerns, or on China’s inadequate protection...

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...

May 2nd, 2018
By USCBC Staff

Following two years of decline, the United States exported more goods in 2017 to China than ever before– in excess of $127 billion. China also continues to be a major growth market for US services exports, and is virtually tied with Canada as the second-largest services market for the United States. The US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) 2018 annual report on state exports, released Monday, highlights the continued...

March 7th, 2018
By Owen Haacke

Beijing has released a number of policies to improve the environment and transition to clean, energy-efficient industry, resulting in the shuttering of high-pollutant operations. Strong central government and party-led environmental enforcement campaigns in 2017 to cut pollution reduced capacity and raised costs in some industries. Environmental enforcement, based on the 2015 Environmental Protection Law, remains a top priority for the government. In 2018, China aims to continue to...

March 7th, 2018
By Owen Haacke

Eighty-nine percent of US-China Business Council (USCBC) member companies view rising costs as a top concern in the China market, according to USCBC’s 2017 Member Survey. Costs have been a top concern for China operations for more than a decade.

Labor is the top cost for companies

The leading cost concern for American companies in China is human resources. Wages continue to increase significantly year to year:

Seventy-three percent of...

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