China Market Intelligence

October 18th, 2022
By USCBC Staff

On October 16, President Xi Jinping delivered his 20th Party Congress Work Report in the Great Hall of the People, marking the opening of the week-long 20th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Occurring every five years, the Party Congress not only chooses top Party personnel, but also establishes high-level political priorities for the subsequent five years. Over each five-year period, the Party then generally convenes seven plenary sessions, during which major policy...

October 13th, 2022
By Craig Allen

It has been nearly three years since I have set foot in China. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I would travel to China several times per year for important conversations. However, restrictions imposed by China on international travel in March 2020 have made trips nearly impossible for all but the most dedicated China hands, even despite some small adjustments to facilitate visas, increase flight availability, and shorten quarantines. Just a few months shy of the 50th anniversary of USCBC’s...

October 5th, 2022
By Jason Zhou

One of the biggest uncertainties in China’s cyberspace governance regime is how strict enforcement will be, and whom enforcement will prioritize. Based on publicly available data and conversations with companies and experts, enforcement of personal information issues appears focused on domestic internet platform giants, such as Didi, Tencent, and Alibaba, rather than foreign companies. USCBC also understands that in some sectors outside of tech, such as finance, enforcement has been more...

October 5th, 2022
By Jackson Nemeth, Xiuyu Li, and Jack Kamensky

Over the last three years, as the world has transformed logistically, politically, and culturally as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and geopolitical tensions, Western companies’ views of China’s business environment have changed significantly. While both European and US companies have a dimmer business outlook than before, they have each been affected in different ways.

October 5th, 2022
By Joseph Rafshoon

Only a month away from election day, forecasts estimate that the GOP will take control of the House, with FiveThirtyEight putting the odds at Republican chances of winning the House back at around 70 percent. In the Senate, the odds are flipped. While the issues of inflation and abortion rights have dominated airwaves this election cycle, China is still a campaign issue for many candidates. USCBC previously reported on candidates’ positions on US-China relations and trade during the primary...

September 21st, 2022
By Ruiyue Sun and Mingyue Li

Much has happened since our last update on the COVID-19 situation in China in June. Over the past two months, all provinces experienced surges in daily new case reports. The most significant uptick came in August, when a group of tourist hotspots—Hainan, Xinjiang, and Tibet—all began to report large-scale outbreaks that resulted in city-wide lockdowns in Sanya, Shigatse, and other locations. These outbreaks soon spilled over to other provinces, including Sichuan, Heilongjiang, Liaoning,...

September 21st, 2022
By Annie Whitehurst

In mid-September, the onshore and offshore yuan broke the significant threshold of 7 yuan to the dollar—the lowest level since July 2020. So far this year, the yuan has depreciated roughly 8 percent against the dollar. The depreciating yuan comes as the dollar continues to gain strength, and at home, China is facing mounting economic pressures due to its COVID-19 controls and ongoing housing crisis.

September 21st, 2022
John Clark and Banny Wang

While IP protection has improved in recent years, several challenges remain, especially when it comes to enforcement. USCBC closely follows developments in Chinese IP protection through regular dialogue with regulators, benchmarking, and our annual member survey. Over the past year, roughly half of USCBC Member Survey respondents reported an improvement in IP protection in China, while the other half reported no change. In recent months, a number of IP-related policies have been issued at...

September 7th, 2022
By Jason Zhou

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) released the first version of the Cross-Border Data Transfer Security Assessment Application Guide on August 31, hours before the Measures on Cross-Border Data Security Assessment (EN, CH)went into force on September 1. These measures had been published on July 7. This document will govern the most likely way for US multinational corporations to handle transfers of substantial amounts of data from China. The guide’s self-assessment template is a...

September 7th, 2022
By Zach Tomatz and Lance Yau

Due to a record-shattering heatwave last month, southwestern China experienced severe water and energy shortages. Sichuan province has been among the hardest hit, and its reliance on hydropower, which generates 80 percent of the province’s electricity, has only exacerbated problems. At one point, reduced water levels in Sichuan caused a 50 percent drop in hydropower-generated electricity.

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