China Market Intelligence

January 24th, 2018
By Jack Kamensky and USCBC Staff

Despite recent announcements that intended to reduce uncertainty surrounding foreign investment restrictions, doubts remain about China’s commitment to and timeline for meaningful changes to its investment regulatory regime. A January 10 State Council decision to temporarily suspend certain foreign investment restrictions in the free trade zones (FTZs) appears to be only an attempt to clarify that existing liberalizations in the FTZs supercede national restrictions in those areas....

August 16th, 2017
By Anna Ashton and Lincoln Lin

Recent statements by China and the United States suggest the two countries may be viewed as swapping places as the global leader on free trade policies, but the actions that both sides take in the coming months will provide the best assessment about the roles each government intends to play.

Media reports early in the Trump administration indicated that the administration may be favoring using US legal tools rather than the World Trade Organization (WTO) for...

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...

April 19th, 2017
By Owen Haacke and Melinda Xu

China officially launched seven new free trade zones (FTZ) this month, expanding upon the four existing FTZs and including inland areas for the first time. The expansion allows more provinces to take part in reforms piloted in the Shanghai FTZ since 2013, and focus on promoting regional development.

The Shanghai FTZ...

March 22nd, 2017
By Jake Laband and Ziyang Yin

A small number of investment openings are expected as part of a revised list of sectors open to foreign investment, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) representatives told a group of US-China Business Council (USCBC) member companies during a recent meeting. The list is expected in the first half of 2017.

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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,...