China Market Intelligence

December 12th, 2018
By Ricky Altieri

China will implement an intellectual property court of appeals on January 1.

Decisions appealed to IP courts are currently heard by courts who do not specialize in IP.

The move is expected to provide better judgments and increase efficiency in IP cases.

China’s new Intellectual Property (IP) Court will bring much needed subject matter expertise to adjudicate technical IP cases between foreign and domestic companies when it...

December 12th, 2018
By Chynna Hawes

Following Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping’s meeting at the G20, China’s government appeared to address key US concerns around intellectual property rights (IPR) in several announcements.

An agreement among 38 government bodies creates a mechanism to strengthen cooperation on IPR protection, reiterating commitment to previous policies but offering no new regulation.

Timing is a significant indication China is eager to create a positive...

November 28th, 2018
By Lipei Zhang and Angela Deng

Allianz, a German insurance company, received the approval from CBIRC to set up a wholly foreign-owned holding company. While the holding company will help Allianz consolidate its insurance businesses in China, no details have been mentioned about how the holding company will adjust Allianz’s equity shares in its joint ventures.

If Allianz seeks to increase its life insurance JV ownership stake and receives approval, it may be an indication that China is...

November 28th, 2018
By Anna Ashton

Various efforts are underway to preserve the WTO by reforming it, but none yet have backing from both China and the United States, the two parties whose support is most critical if reforms are to move forward.

With concerns about the unexpected challenges that China’s membership has created, implications of US tariffs levied on national security grounds, and President Donald Trump suggesting he would consider pulling the United States out of the WTO, there is ...

November 28th, 2018
By Lipei Zhang and Jack Kamensky

China’s anti-monopoly regulators have been reorganized under a single agency to increase efficiency and reduce bureaucratic overlap.

While signs indicate that enforcement will remain stable overall, companies in high tech industries that touch on China’s industrial policy goals will likely be subject to an increasingly higher degree of political risk.

In March, China unified its antimonopoly enforcement authorities under a single agency: the...

November 7th, 2018
By Jack Kamensky

USCBC’s 2018 member survey found that only about a quarter of American companies have party organizations in China. The overwhelming majority of these organizations have been in place for some time, and none play a role in company decision making.

China’s legal requirements for party organizations in private companies do not mandate a management or governance role in private companies.

The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) increased push to...

November 7th, 2018
By Anna Ashton

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) and several other trade associations submitted joint comments on provisions regarding personal information and data privacy protection in China’s Draft Civil Code, which is being revised by the National People’s Congress.

Although the draft language appears intended to implement explicit protections for personal privacy and individual rights, some provisions could do the opposite and impede companies’ ability to deliver the...

October 24th, 2018
By Chynna Hawes

USCBC’s 2018 Member Survey found that China’s intellectual property rights (IPR) protection environment remains generally unchanged from previous years, but slowly improving.

There are clear incentives for China to improve IPR protection. High-level commitments and incremental reforms are welcome, but more work and concrete actions to improve enforcement are necessary to create a thriving system.

China’s protection of intellectual property...

October 24th, 2018
By Ricky Altieri

The 13th Five-Year Plan called for the yuan to be fully convertible by 2020. Such a move would increase liquidity and allow the market to play a greater role in investment decisions.

Since the 13th Five-Year Plan was issued, China has made incremental progress toward that goal, but is unlikely to achieve full yuan convertibility by 2020.

The 13th Five-Year Plan called for the yuan to be fully convertible by 2020. While the plan did not offer an...

October 10th, 2018
By Ian Hutchinson

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) may face mild competition from US and EU alternatives.

While some have characterized BRI as “debt trap diplomacy,” China appears to be willing to restructure debts or change its strategies to address concerns.

Over the past five years, President Xi Jinping’s landmark Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which offers significant financing for infrastructure projects from China’s backyard to as far away as Europe...

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