China Market Intelligence

June 28th, 2018

President Donald Trump has decided against using much-anticipated new measures to restrict Chinese access to US technology and instead will use existing tools, according to a White House announcement this morning. The US-China Business Council (USCBC) issued a statement in support of the decision, while encouraging the administration to maintain the appropriate balance between national security and economic interests and calling on the US and Chinese governments to step back from...

August 16th, 2017
By USCBC staff

President Donald Trump issued a presidential memorandum Monday directing US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to consider whether to launch an official investigation into China’s intellectual property rights and innovation and technology policies and practices. The move could lead to action under US trade laws, rather than World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement; the United States has not imposed unilateral trade sanctions since the WTO began in the 1990s. Lighthizer...

August 16th, 2017
By Jake Parker

China’s internet and security regulators are ratcheting up enforcement of virtual private network (VPN) compliance to rein in uncensored access to the internet. In recent letters, state-owned telecommunication companies are beginning to notify companies of internet access requirements and VPN restrictions, according to US-China Business Council (USCBC) member companies. While the increased regulatory scrutiny does not directly target corporate VPNs used to facilitate company...

August 2nd, 2017
By Patrick Lozada

China has set ambitious goals for the development and use of autonomous vehicles (AVs), but related policies could limit foreign company participation and prevent China from meeting its targets.

By 2020, more than half of new cars produced in China should have autonomous or assisted driving technology, according to government plans. By 2025, 80 percent of new cars should have autonomous capabilities, and 15 percent should be highly autonomous vehicles that largely...

July 6th, 2016
By Nick Marro

Beijing’s more active role in cyberspace governance raises concerns about how an increasingly restrictive regulatory regime may limit company operations.

 

The National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee announced June 28 that it would...

May 11th, 2016
Zoe Sophos

US and Chinese government officials are gearing up for the eighth annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in early June in Beijing. Priority issues for negotiators regarding US industry include industrial overcapacity, investment liberalizations, intellectual property rights, and transparency. The talks coincide this year with Beijing’s role as G20 host, the final year of the Obama administration, and worries...

April 13th, 2016
David Solomon

China’s recently released 13th Five-Year Plan (FYP) includes ambitious economic targets aimed to significantly reducing carbon emissions. These goals include increasing the nationwide use of non-fossil fuels by 15 percent, decreasing energy consumption per unit of GDP by 15 percent, and cutting PM2.5 levels by 18 percent, while continuing to advocate for existing national initiatives such as a new carbon trading platform and green tax. As China strives to address its environmental...

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...

October 14th, 2015
USCBC Staff

On October 9, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) released the “Draft Provisions for Supervising Insurance Information,” with a public comment period open until October 31, 2015. The draft includes a call for the procurement by insurance companies of hardware equipment and software products that are “secure and controllable” (Article 53), identical terms to language in other draft provisions released by the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) that have been...

July 8th, 2015
Ryan Ong

The next few months will be a busy time for issues related to intellectual property (IP), coming on the heels of a flurry of bilateral IP meetings in May and June. At a June 30 briefing in Washington, DC, co-hosted by the US-China Business Council (USCBC), US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Michelle Lee discussed the current uptick in engagement between the US and China on IP matters, including high-level meetings with senior Chinese government officials in late May, IP-related...