China Market Intelligence

December 13th, 2017
By Owen Haacke

Despite indications that US companies expect growth in revenue and profitability next year in China, concern about possible trade actions was evident  in polling USCBC members who attended the Shanghai China Operations Conference on November 30. USCBC used interactive live polling provided by Wolfpack Response Ltd. during the conference, which allowed the audience to provide real-time feedback during panel sessions led by experts.Seventy six percent of the audience expects trade tensions to...

October 11th, 2017
By Meg Kelly

Intellectual property (IP) theft and forced technology transfer are serious issues that need to be addressed in China, said Senior Vice President Erin Ennis in testimony about the Section 301 investigation to a US government committee on Tuesday on behalf of of the US-China Business Council (USCBC). The most effective way to address the issues is with solutions that will curb the problems faced by American companies in China, rather than punitive tariffs, Ennis said.

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August 18th, 2017
Ministries Tasked with Liberalizations, IP Protection, and Preferential Tax Policies

Following modest revisions to the Catalogue Guiding Foreign Investment (CGFI) in June, China’s State Council on Wednesday announced reform measures to attract additional foreign investment to China. The measures task specific ministries with implementing 22 items important to foreign companies, including increasing penalties for intellectual property rights infringement, offering preferential tax...

August 16th, 2017
By Jake Parker

China’s internet and security regulators are ratcheting up enforcement of virtual private network (VPN) compliance to rein in uncensored access to the internet. In recent letters, state-owned telecommunication companies are beginning to notify companies of internet access requirements and VPN restrictions, according to US-China Business Council (USCBC) member companies. While the increased regulatory scrutiny does not directly target corporate VPNs used to facilitate company...

August 16th, 2017
By Maryan Escarfullett

Newly released ministerial plans set national intellectual property (IP) priorities to further the central government’s top-down drive to reform China’s IP laws. Jointly released by the State Council and the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), the plans cover 39 government departments including trade, technology, military, and cultural affairs.

The plans outline five concurrent priorities for national IP reform:

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August 2nd, 2017
By Patrick Lozada

China has set ambitious goals for the development and use of autonomous vehicles (AVs), but related policies could limit foreign company participation and prevent China from meeting its targets.

By 2020, more than half of new cars produced in China should have autonomous or assisted driving technology, according to government plans. By 2025, 80 percent of new cars should have autonomous capabilities, and 15 percent should be highly autonomous vehicles that largely...

July 12th, 2017
By USCBC Staff

In response to member company concerns about the regulatory interpretation of recent laws and regulations over the past six months, the US-China Business Council (USCBC) continues its advocacy initiatives and its operating environment analyses and best practices for member companies in the United States and China. Policies enacting the Cybersecurity Law, developments in healthcare reform, and updates to the Anti-Unfair Competition Law have spurred USCBC formal comment letters to...

June 29th, 2017
By USCBC Staff

Vice Minister of Finance Zhu Guangyao on June 15 called the 100-day trade agenda and its initial outcomes a demonstration of determined efforts to continue developing commercial relations between the United States and China.

Addressing the 60 attendees of the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) Operations Conference in Beijing, Zhu underscored the importance of the firm deadline and strict timelines for the negotiation and deliverables process. He also stated that...

June 29th, 2017
By Lincoln Lin

A series of recent hospital reforms by the Chinese government are designed to standardize pricing and encourage investment in the medical system. Moves from medical and registration fees to a medical service fee and a new focus on establishing a system of family doctors could bring China’s public hospitals in line with many private hospitals and standard international practices.

Public hospitals have long been reliant on drug price markups and over-prescription to...

June 29th, 2017
By Jake Parker

Enforcement of China’s Cybersecurity Law (CSL) began at the beginning of this month, but questions remain about how companies should comply with the myriad requirements of the law and its related measures, standards, and other regulations. Following conversations with company executives and service providers, the US-China Business Council (USCBC) developed a brief list of best practices to help accelerate internal compliance plan development.

The CSL and related...

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