China Market Intelligence

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...

August 2nd, 2017
By Maryan Escarfullett

China’s rising debt levels concern investors and banking authorities, but regulators are becoming increasingly active in passing policies aimed at controlling debt and managing risks to the economy. While some analysts are cautious about China’s rising debt, others remain optimistic about the government’s ability to manage the issue.

William Foster, senior vice president and credit risk officer of Moody’s Investors Service, recently explained to USCBC member...

July 12th, 2017
By Owen Haacke

Thousands of companies have moved, shut down, or reduced capacity since China’s central government increased inspections in their implementation of the 2015 Environmental Protection Law. A variety of additional environmental regulations have been released since the law’s enactment and promise a sharp uptick in environmental inspections, which could have far-reaching consequences for foreign company operations. To proactively minimize these risks, the US-China Business Council (...

June 28th, 2017
By USCBC Staff

On Friday, China’s State Council released a revised list of investment restrictions that may allow companies in a number of industries additional market access in the 11 designated free trade zones (FTZs) around the country. The revised negative list, which names sectors that retain foreign investment restriction,  goes into effect on July 10, 2017.  

The openings announced today apply only to foreign companies’ operations in the free trade zones. It is unclear how these openings...

June 14th, 2017
By David Solomon

Four new policies under development may address a variety of lingering regulatory hurdles for foreign drug and device companies in China. The policies, issued in draft form for comment last month by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), are a step toward improving nationwide access to high-quality drugs and devices, and are part of CFDA’s broader efforts to reform and modernize the Chinese healthcare sector during the 13th Five-Year Plan period.

The...

February 8th, 2017
by Erin Ennis and Jake Laband

Over the past year, China has implemented a variety of restrictions to stem capital flight in response to downward pressure on the renminbi (RMB). These restrictions have affected foreign companies’ routine business operations, including receiving payments from domestic customers, as well as the payment of dividends, royalties, and even routine trade payments overseas.

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April 27th, 2016
Chenjun Ye and Nick Marro

China captured headlines in 2010 when its GDP surpassed Japan’s, creating a shift in the world economic hierarchy for the first time in 40 years. However, that same year, China began showing signs that its rapid growth rate was losing steam.

In 2015, China’s growth was again at the center of international headlines, but...

February 17th, 2016
Stephanie Henry

By all accounts, China’s ecommerce market is booming. Chinese customers spent more than $670 billion online in 2015, a more than 40 percent increase from 2014. That trajectory is expected to continue as online consumption grows by 20 percent annually through 2020, thanks to an expanding base of 410 million online shoppers. That strong growth rate is expected to propel ecommerce sales well beyond the $1.5 trillion mark by 2020.

In China, mobile buyers already...

February 3rd, 2016
Nick Marro

After more than a decade, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on December 28, 2015 released a revised edition of China’s Telecommunications Catalogue, effective March 1, 2016. First issued in 2003 by the then-Ministry of Industry and Information, the catalogue serves as the licensing basis for China’s telecom and Internet-related sectors, and indirectly governs foreign company market access into these areas.

The 2015 revision expands the...

January 6th, 2016
Yan Yu

Following 10 months of silence, the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee in December passed China’s first Counterterrorism Law effective January 1. The law provides a clearer definition of  “terrorism” and removes some problematic requirements for telecommunications and internet businesses included in the initial draft version of the law.

What is Terrorism?

The law identifies terrorism as “appeals and actions that create social panic, endanger public...

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