China Market Intelligence

September 5th, 2018
By Jake Laband

Senior Chinese leaders have repeatedly insisted China is improving market access and the investment environment, improving the protection of intellectual property, and ensuring equal treatment of foreign and domestic companies in China. “China’s door of opening-up will not be closed and will only open even wider!” exclaimed President Xi Jinping at the 2018 Bo’ao Forum.

While many foreign companies report positive momentum in China’s economic reform efforts, a...

May 12th, 2017

The Trump administration announced early this morning that it had reached agreement with the Chinese government on resolving several irritants in the US-China commercial relationship. The outcomes were reached roughly a third of the way into the 100-day period designated by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in their summit last month to bring greater balance in the commercial relationship.

Ten items in what the Trump administration termed as “initial” outcomes...

January 19th, 2017
By Jake Laband

Echoing statements from economic leaders in late 2016, China has announced plans to significantly reduce foreign market access restrictions in services, manufacturing, and mining sectors. The Measures also call for treating foreign and domestic companies equally in a variety of areas, including government procurement, standards-setting processes, and development plans like Made in China 2025. If implemented,...

October 12th, 2016
By Anna Ashton

China’s World Trade Organization (WTO) entry has, on balance, been positive for the US business community because the Chinese economy is more open, but market access barriers and other challenges persist, US-China Business Council (USCBC) Senior Vice President Erin Ennis told interagency representatives October 5 during a hearing on China’s compliance with its WTO obligations.

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April 13th, 2016
Erin Ennis

During President Xi Jinping’s recent Washington visit, China missed its self-imposed deadline to provide a revised offer for the US-China bilateral investment treaty (BIT) negotiations and has not set a new target date to do so. The next inflection point on the calendar is the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, which will likely take place in June.

USCBC believes the missed deadline is a reflection of the ongoing political debate in China as to how much they...

February 3rd, 2016
Nick Marro

After more than a decade, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on December 28, 2015 released a revised edition of China’s Telecommunications Catalogue, effective March 1, 2016. First issued in 2003 by the then-Ministry of Industry and Information, the catalogue serves as the licensing basis for China’s telecom and Internet-related sectors, and indirectly governs foreign company market access into these areas.

The 2015 revision expands the...

November 10th, 2015
Pianpian Huang and Jake Parker

China has announced further details about plans to gradually decrease government control over investment decisions. The Opinions on Implementing the Market Access Negative List System, a document released by the State Council on October 19, 2015, offer a firmer roadmap towards adopting a “negative list” approach in China, which would allow foreign investment in all fields except those expressly restricted. With pilot implementation in some locations slated to begin as early as...