China Market Intelligence

July 25th, 2018
By Ricky Altieri and Sun Yi

Government ministries have recently announced a series of regulations on blockchain technology, which allows for the creation of an incorruptible digital ledger of transactions accessible only by parties involved in a given transaction. Given blockchain’s growing influence and wide scope of applicability, an understanding of the emerging regulatory landscape may help companies adopt a corporate strategy to introduce blockchain technologies in China as smoothly as possible.

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May 17th, 2017
By Erin Ennis

The June 1 implementation of China’s Cybersecurity Law and numerous related measures should be delayed to address trade barriers, security and privacy, competition, and fairness issues, according to a May 15 letter the US-China Business Council (USCBC) submitted on behalf of 54 international trade associations to China’s government.

If implemented as written, the measures will impact companies in a wide variety of sectors. USCBC organized the letter in conjunction...

February 8th, 2017
by Erin Ennis

Increased staffing at US consular offices in China due to previous changes to US business visas might mitigate potential delays in visa renewals  affected by changes to US immigration rules.

 

Trump’s executive order on January 27...

August 31st, 2016
By Patrick Lozada

Despite high-level government support for China’s New Energy Vehicle (NEV) industry, the Chinese government has been sending mixed messages to foreign companies investing in the world’s largest electric vehicle market. Some regulatory guidance is poised to advance the NEV and battery industries, but other regulations stifle investment and innovation.

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May 25th, 2016
Owen Haacke

The US-China Business Council (USCBC)’s revised recommendations on improving China’s licensing system call for foreign-invested and domestic firms to be treated equally in all licensing processes throughout China.

 

USCBC’s membership survey...

May 11th, 2016
Anna Ashton

New online publishing rules announced February 14 largely reinforce existing law, which prohibits foreign investment in China’s online publishing sector, but the rules also expand government oversight and regulation of online content—developments that are of concern to many companies. The Ministry of Information Technology (MIIT) and the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (...

March 30th, 2016
USCBC Staff

The PRC National People’s Congress concluded this month with the release of China’s 13th Five-Year Plan (FYP) on National Economic and Social Development. Outlining economic policies and targets to drive industry development in China through 2020, the plan focuses on maintaining economic growth and social stability while continuing reform efforts. Key priorities include resolving nationwide industrial overcapacity, promoting investment across sectors, strengthening property...

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...

April 15th, 2015
Lipei Zhang

The State Council on March 23, 2015 issued a notice requiring all ministries and affiliated institutions under the State Council to complete and publish English translations of relevant trade-related department rules. The Notice on Completing the Translation of Trade-Related Department Rules into English mandates that each translation be posted on official websites or other channels before the regulation’s implementation, or no later than 90 days after the implementation of such regulation...

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...