China Market Intelligence

December 12th, 2018
By Ricky Altieri

China will implement an intellectual property court of appeals on January 1.

Decisions appealed to IP courts are currently heard by courts who do not specialize in IP.

The move is expected to provide better judgments and increase efficiency in IP cases.

China’s new Intellectual Property (IP) Court will bring much needed subject matter expertise to adjudicate technical IP cases between foreign and domestic companies when it...

December 12th, 2018
By Chynna Hawes

Following Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping’s meeting at the G20, China’s government appeared to address key US concerns around intellectual property rights (IPR) in several announcements.

An agreement among 38 government bodies creates a mechanism to strengthen cooperation on IPR protection, reiterating commitment to previous policies but offering no new regulation.

Timing is a significant indication China is eager to create a positive...

December 12th, 2018
By Vivian Zhu

At the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) 45th Anniversary Gala on December 5, Ambassador Carla A. Hills, the 2018 honoree, received a standing ovation in recognition of her enduring contributions to bilateral and multilateral trade and investment agreements, which have facilitated and expanded regional and global trade for decades.

USCBC Chair Evan Greenberg recognized Hills as one of the country's leading foreign policy experts for her service in two...

November 28th, 2018
By Lipei Zhang and Angela Deng

Allianz, a German insurance company, received the approval from CBIRC to set up a wholly foreign-owned holding company. While the holding company will help Allianz consolidate its insurance businesses in China, no details have been mentioned about how the holding company will adjust Allianz’s equity shares in its joint ventures.

If Allianz seeks to increase its life insurance JV ownership stake and receives approval, it may be an indication that China is...

November 28th, 2018
By Anna Ashton

Various efforts are underway to preserve the WTO by reforming it, but none yet have backing from both China and the United States, the two parties whose support is most critical if reforms are to move forward.

With concerns about the unexpected challenges that China’s membership has created, implications of US tariffs levied on national security grounds, and President Donald Trump suggesting he would consider pulling the United States out of the WTO, there is ...

November 28th, 2018
By Angela Deng

It is uncertain whether Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will reach an agreement at their December 1 meeting that can lead to a ceasefire in the trade war or resolve some bilateral trade issues.

As the the highly anticipated December 1 meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping approaches, the prospects of the two presidents reaching an agreement on escalating bilateral trade issues remain uncertain. The direction of trade talks, which resumed...

November 28th, 2018
By Lipei Zhang and Jack Kamensky

China’s anti-monopoly regulators have been reorganized under a single agency to increase efficiency and reduce bureaucratic overlap.

While signs indicate that enforcement will remain stable overall, companies in high tech industries that touch on China’s industrial policy goals will likely be subject to an increasingly higher degree of political risk.

In March, China unified its antimonopoly enforcement authorities under a single agency: the...

November 28th, 2018
By Ricky Altieri

Three Chinese regulators announced upcoming or recent cyber security inspections.

The inspections that have already taken place targeted domestic companies.

The announcements are a step forward in China’s implementation of its cybersecurity regime, but provided no detailed timeline for full-scale inspections of foreign companies covered by the law.

Three Chinese regulators recently announced upcoming or recent cyber...

November 28th, 2018
By Owen Haacke

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) participated in the inaugural China International Import Expo (CIIE), a major Chinese national gathering of senior government officials and global business leaders, as well as representatives from China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) . USCBC held its annual Shanghai China Operations Conference at the CIIE site with support of MOFCOM, and member company meetings with central and local government senior officials.

USCBC...

November 7th, 2018
By Jack Kamensky

USCBC’s 2018 member survey found that only about a quarter of American companies have party organizations in China. The overwhelming majority of these organizations have been in place for some time, and none play a role in company decision making.

China’s legal requirements for party organizations in private companies do not mandate a management or governance role in private companies.

The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) increased push to...

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