China Market Intelligence

March 27th, 2019
By USCBC Staff
Despite the March 2018 government restructuring, many reforms continue to be carried out. China’s annual work plan for 2019 is expected to be released in April. The ongoing trade negotiations may impact the outlook for several industries and issues.  

At last year’s National People’s Congress (NPC), China launched a massive government restructuring to streamline policymaking and enforcement. Throughout the months-long reorganization process, the government continued to move ahead...

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...

December 13th, 2017
By Meg Kelly

The complicated US-China relationship is a reflection of the successes of both nations, rather than failures, according to former National Security Advisor General Brent Scowcroft, who was honored at the US-China Business Council’s 2017 Gala on December 6.

Scowcroft is one of the country's leading foreign policy experts and the only individual in US history appointed as National Security Advisor under two different presidents, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. In...

September 14th, 2017
By Anna Ashton

Recent Pew Research Center surveys show that as more Americans hold a favorable opinion of China and America’s image has weakened globally, global perceptions of the United States and China are roughly the same.

Pew’s Director of Global Attitudes Research, Richard Wike, briefed US-China Business Council (USCBC) members on these findings during a September 7 roundtable in Washington, DC.

Global perceptions of the United States dipped sharply in Pew...

January 6th, 2016
Taoyu Liu

As of January 1, married couples in China can have two children, marking the official end to the 35-year, one-child policy. The Fifth Plenary Sessions of 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party amended the 1980 Population and Family Planning Law on December 27.

China’s family planning system has been steadily eased over the years; for instance, in late 2013 the government allowed urban couples to have two children if either parent is an only child. Rural couples have...

August 5th, 2015
Owen Haacke and Yiling Yin

Modern tools like WeChat, the world’s largest instant messaging service, allow companies in China to communicate more efficiently, make quick internal decisions, and close sales on the go. However, embracing new communication technologies in China also presents new challenges for companies in maintaining compliance with US and Chinese anti-corruption legislation. As social media platforms like WeChat become the new standard for communication, it is becoming more difficult for managers to...

April 1st, 2015
Owen Haacke

Minster of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS) Yin Weimin announced on March 10 that China will slowly extend the mandatory retirement age, a policy that impacts companies’ ability to retain and hire seasoned talent. Adjustments to the retirement age will take time; Yin indicated the new changes will be implemented as late as 2022. This change would extend the time a labor contract between an employer and employee can be in effect, and delay employees’ ability to draw from...

February 18th, 2015
Nick Marro and Yan Yu

Last year, China’s 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) laid out a legislative agenda to address some of the most pressing issues facing the nation. And indeed, the topics discussed in 2014's NPC meeting did see movement. Importantly, policymakers pushed through the publication of the 2014-2020 energy development strategy which seeks to diversify China’s energy mix, enacted revisions to the Environmental Protection Law to pressure on heavy polluters, and made commitments following APEC to...

August 6th, 2014
Shuting Xiong

China’s sweeping overhaul of its decades-old residency system has the potential to boost consumer spending, increase labor mobility, and open up new investment opportunities in urban infrastructure. The new rules, announced at the end of July, will make it easier for migrant workers—blue-collar and white-collar alike—to gain access to housing, healthcare and education in the cities where they live.

The State Council’s new reform plan for China’s household registration system—known as...

August 1st, 2014
Andrew Gong

American views on China are dimming, even while Chinese attitudes toward the United States have become more positive in recent years, according to an annual survey by the Pew Research Center. The US-China Business Council (USCBC) hosted a discussion July 29 in which researchers shared the results of their 2013 survey on world attitudes toward China and the United States.

Just 35 percent of Americans said they had a “favorable” attitude toward China, compared to 37 percent in 2012 and...

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