China Market Intelligence

March 21st, 2018
By Jack Kamensky

China has created a new agency with broadened investigatory authority to streamline anti-corruption efforts. On March 11, China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), passed constitutional amendments that cemented the status of the National Supervisory Commission (NSC) in China’s legal framework. A little more than a week later, on March 20, the NPC passed the Supervision Law, which outlines the commission’s duties and powers. Based on recent trends in corruption...

February 17th, 2016
Stephanie Henry

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will launch 20 workshops with Chinese agencies over the next two years to engage and educate officials about regulatory issues and best practices, USTDA Director Leocadia Zak told business executives at a February 2 US-China Business Council (USCBC) lunch. She also addressed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) financing, market access, and the effects of the anticorruption campaign on US businesses.

USTDA funds...

February 17th, 2016
Owen Haacke

To tackle complex administrative licensing processes, US companies in China are refining their government affairs efforts to focus on transparency and communication challenges, as well as obstacles stemming from the anticorruption campaign. The US-China Business Council (USCBC) pinpointed several Chinese government affairs-related licensing issues during interviews with more than 30 member companies in fall 2015 to better understand how companies address them.

Key licensing...
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...

August 5th, 2015
Owen Haacke and Yiling Yin

Modern tools like WeChat, the world’s largest instant messaging service, allow companies in China to communicate more efficiently, make quick internal decisions, and close sales on the go. However, embracing new communication technologies in China also presents new challenges for companies in maintaining compliance with US and Chinese anti-corruption legislation. As social media platforms like WeChat become the new standard for communication, it is becoming more difficult for managers to...

July 22nd, 2015
Dan Markus

Instill fear, strengthen the regulatory framework, and change the political culture—these are the three stages to fighting official corruption, according to Wang Qishan, secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, China’s corruption watchdog. After a three-year crackdown and widespread investigations and prosecutions, the Chinese government has in recent months tightened the regulatory screws to deter official corruption. New policies that clearly define government...