China Market Intelligence

September 5th, 2018
By Owen Haacke and Melinda Xu

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress passed China’s Ecommerce Law on August 31, creating a framework for regulating China’s rapidly growing ecommerce market. The law takes effect January 1, 2019. Guidance on implementation of the law, as well as for cross-border ecommerce, will be released later.

After USCBC submitted comments on the final public draft of the law, the Chinese government made a number of changes to address concerns, including...

June 27th, 2018
By Sun Yi and Melinda Xu

The reshuffle of China’s ministries during its most recent government restructuring has brought significant changes to China’s government leadership at central and local levels. This update covers leadership changes over the past quarter and highlights those related to the restructuring.

Local governments are currently drafting restructuring proposals, which are due by September. The significant changes at the national level to the structure of agencies...

March 13th, 2018
By USCBC Staff
China’s government will undergo a massive overhaul that officials say will make the government “better-structured, more efficient, and service-oriented.” While the changes are extensive and will impact which agencies USCBC members need to engage with at the central and, presumably over time, the local level, it is too soon to say whether reduced government intervention in the economy will be the result.

The plans, submitted for deliberation by the legislature today and scheduled for a vote...

May 25th, 2016
Pianpian Huang and Owen Haacke

As the Group of 20 (G20) Summit—the annual, large-scale global government conference—heads for Hangzhou, China in September, companies with operations in the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) region are planning for expected disruptions to production and logistics.


July 22nd, 2015
Lingling Jiang

Concerns about China’s environmental degradation continue to grow, prompting both government and industry to reduce environmental pollution. Six months after the enactment of China’s new Environmental Protection Law (EPL), the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has shown the new teeth of the EPL by leveling hefty fines on a number of major polluters. Other environmental initiatives—such as the carbon trading pilot programs—have seen slower progress, despite the Chinese government’s...

December 3rd, 2014
Dan Markus

The US-China climate change joint agreement received significant media coverage in the United States, with many outlets citing it as the main outcome of last month’s Obama-Xi summit. Under the agreement, China agreed to cap its carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and increase non-fossil fuel energy from 10 to 20 percent of its energy mix by the same year. But despite its high visibility, many questions remain. How much of a change does the new agreement represent? How feasible is implementation...