China Market Intelligence

July 25th, 2018
By Patrick Lozada

Despite its widespread use in China, multinational companies struggle to integrate the popular Chinese messaging service WeChat into IT solutions through approved, globally used platforms.

With more than one billion active users, the messaging platform is omnipresent in China. Developed by Chinese internet giant Tencent, WeChat is widely used for personal communications and increasingly with customers, suppliers and in intra-company communications. It allows users...

June 23rd, 2016
By Nick Marro and Owen Haacke

China’s regulatory framework on data flows and other technology advances are restricting international companies in ways not seen in other markets. China’s policies affect not just international companies in the information and communications technology sector, but also companies that use digital information in sectors such as aviation, finance, healthcare, or consumer goods. Technology security, internet...

March 16th, 2016
Yan Yu and Nick Marro

The recently released, and newly effective Administrative Regulations for Online Publishing Service explicitly restricts foreign investors from providing online publishing services, sets licensing and approval requirements for the types of cooperative projects in which domestic and foreign entities can engage, and outlines strict rules on technical equipment and data localization.

These rules, however, have raised questions regarding what type of content is...

August 5th, 2015
Nick Marro

China’s new draft Cybersecurity Law has raised a broad range of potential concerns for US companies seeking to operate in China, including vague definitions of key terms such as “network operator” and “critical information infrastructure,” intellectual property aspects of product certification, cybersecurity standard-setting, and liabilities for those that are unable to comply with provisions in the law. While the draft language calls for equal treatment of foreign and domestic companies and...

September 17th, 2014
Matthew Margulies

Like energy, human resources, and financial capital in previous generations, data has become a key input for many companies hoping to improve their products and services and better understand their customers. For American companies doing business in China, the insights into customers and operations gained through big data tools are increasingly valuable. But with China’s data collection regulations still in their infancy, American companies must be careful in the collection and processing of...