China Market Intelligence

January 25th, 2017
By Melinda Xu

The 2012 launch of China’s anticorruption campaign has renewed US companies’ attention to anti-bribery, competition, and corruption-related policies and regulations. The challenges of compliance have continued to evolve since the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) 2013 Compliance Best Practices Report, as China has promulgated new local laws and regulations. As USCBC members work to ensure compliance, however...

December 7th, 2016
By Anna Ashton

In draft changes to the 2015 Catalogue Guiding Foreign Investment (CGFI) released today for public comment, China’s government took small steps to shift its foreign investment regime to a negative list style system like the one applied in China’s free trade zones (FTZs), but largely left existing restrictions in place.The sectors opening to some foreign investment include edible seed oils, biofuel, and credit...

March 2nd, 2016
Pianpian Huang

A year after the amended Consumer Protection Law (CPL) was implemented, consumer complaints in China increased by 14.3 percent. And, as the number of online consumers in China continues to grow—302 million online shoppers spent 1.85 trillion yuan in 2013—the protections are increasingly necessary.

Officials revamped the 20-year-old CPL in 2013 to respond to the enormous changes in consumption patterns, structure and concept, and strengthen consumer rights...

June 24th, 2015
Yuan Yining

The spotlight on stronger environmental protection shows little sign of abating in the months since the January 2015 implementation of China’s revised Environmental Protection Law (EPL). Discussions on the 13th Five-Year Plan (FYP) (2016-2020) priorities for environmental protection, the draft Environmental Tax Law, and tougher enforcement measures all aim to increase pressure on polluters. While the increased emphasis on environmental protection may create business opportunities for...

April 29th, 2015
Dan Markus

New provisions for continuous fines, detention for polluters, and public interest lawsuits give China’s revised Environmental Protection Law (EPL) new powers to fight the war on pollution. But whether or not the EPL’s added clout results in a cleaner environment depends on enforcement capacity—as well as implementation. The 1989 EPL was revised to mete out more serious punishments to polluters, reflecting growing concerns within China’s leadership and at the local level about...

November 14th, 2014
Ryan Ong

China has taken big steps forward in recent weeks with its plans to establish specialized intellectual property (IP) courts in three cities. The Beijing IP Court announced its formal launch and new leadership, while Shanghai and Guangzhou are actively working towards formal launches by the end of the year. These courts, which are designed to improve the quality of IP-related court judgments, will run for a three-year period before the Supreme People’s Court evaluates and determines next...