China Market Intelligence

March 2nd, 2016
Owen Haacke

With the release of China’s central government’s 13th Five-Year Plan (FYP)—an economic and social planning blueprint—expected later this month, newly released local plans may point to common themes of raising incomes, modernizing industry, environmental protection, and innovation.

Provincial-level five-year plans already released include Zhejiang, Guangdong, Chongqing, Jiangsu, and Shanghai. Key themes include increased investment to promote development and...

December 9th, 2015
Owen Haacke and Pianpian Huang

China’s 12th Five-Year Plan ends along with 2015, and it is important to reflect on what was and was not accomplished as China maps out the next five years. The original objectives of the 12th FYP and an analysis of economic and social development released in November by the central government provide metrics on important challenges such as domestic consumption, energy use, improvements to the service sector, and financing for environmental, IT, and other spaces. Official reports...

October 28th, 2015
Owen Haacke

Despite new obstacles, growth in China remains robust, and US companies are dedicated to the China market—that was a clear message from the US-China Business Council (USCBC) 2015 China Operations Conference, held in Shanghai on October 22. With new challenges such as tightened profit margins, higher labor and management costs, and limited market access in some areas, companies are adapting their strategies to capture China’s continuing growth, according to experts that shared their...

September 30th, 2015
Jake Laband

China’s 13th Five Year Plan (FYP), covering 2016-2020, will be submitted for review in late October at the next meeting for the senior party leadership—the fifth plenum of the 18th Communist Party of China (CCP) Congress. Media reports indicate that in addition to discussing and releasing the draft of the next FYP, which will lay out some priority areas where foreign companies may find expanded opportunities, this plenum will focus heavily on anti-corruption investigations and...

March 18th, 2015
Owen Haacke

President Xi Jinping’s call during the recently concluded National People’s Congress (NPC) to use an “iron fist” to crack down on polluters reinforced statements made just one year ago by Premier Li Keqiang, who declared “war on pollution.” The leadership’s strong statements are backed by a number of new policies, including the Environmental Protection Law, Clean Air Action Plan, and environmental objectives in the upcoming the 13th Five-Year Plan—and companies operating in China are...