China Market Intelligence

December 19th, 2007

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) hosted luncheons on intellectual property rights (IPR) protection in Washington, DC, and Shanghai on December 12 and 13, respectively.

Washington

During USCBC's luncheon with Mark Cohen, IPR attache at the US Embassy in Beijing, Cohen briefed members on the US Embassy's IPR protection efforts in China. He noted that while the existing World Trade Organization cases have reduced the platforms in which IPR concerns are discussed,...

November 28th, 2007

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) is continuing its advocacy work with the PRC and US governments in the run up to the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) and US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) meetings in Beijing in December, while also providing membership with access to key officials in both countries.

The JCCT will take place on Tuesday, December 11, in Beijing. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez, US Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab, and possibly...

November 28th, 2007

US-China Business Council (USCBC) Vice President of China Operations Bob Poole recently met with officials responsible for services industries in the PRC National Development and Reform Commission's (NDRC) Industrial Policies Department in Beijing to advocate services sector policies on behalf of member companies. Poole provided NDRC officials with Chinese copies of the Prospects for US-China Services Trade and Investment, a report commissioned by the China Business Forum, USCBC's...

November 21st, 2007

Since the PRC government's November 7 release of the Catalogue Guiding Foreign Investment in Industry: 2007 Revision, many US companies have been analyzing whether the catalogue complies with existing trade and investment agreements that China has made, most notably its World Trade Organization (WTO) accession documents.

The central government's use of a catalogue to detail areas open to foreign investment does not inherently violate WTO commitments. Investment is only covered by the...

November 14th, 2007

Long sensitive to the potential economic and security concerns caused by limited supplies and volatile prices in the global fossil fuel market, and increasingly concerned about the pollution of coal-driven electricity generation at home, China is moving to diversify its energy sources. In addition to nuclear power, renewable energy--composed of hydro, wind, biomass, geothermal, and solar energy--is set to play a much larger role in China's future energy plans. The PRC National Development...

November 7th, 2007

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) has created a website, the US-China Trade Toolkit, for USCBC members to use in their lobbying and outreach efforts to support a balanced commercial relationship with China. Though a portion of this material is available elsewhere on the USCBC website and is available to the public, some of the material is confidential and for USCBC members only. The toolkit website includes the following sections:

General trade information and analysis...
October 31st, 2007

Hundreds of PRC government officials, financiers, journalists, and others tackled the issue of financial reform at the Second Annual China Finance Mayors Conference & China Financial Ecological Cities Development Conference in Langfang, Hebei, on October 28-29. In their speeches, Beijing officials all referenced President Hu Jintao's comments about financial reform from the recently concluded 17th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress.

In particular, speakers addressed making the...

October 31st, 2007

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) this week released the results of a member company survey that compares and contrasts strategies, reporting structures, and methodologies for conducting government affairs in China. The results of the first part of the survey, which focused on the structure, priorities, and qualifications of US companies' government affairs departments in China, are outlined below. In the coming months, USCBC will be conducting in-depth interviews with experienced...

October 10th, 2007

The results of USCBC's annual survey, released last week, revealed that market expansion in China in the last year was tempered by difficulties in finding qualified personnel, obtaining business licenses in many sectors, and enforcing intellectual property rights (IPR). Rising protectionist sentiments in both China and the United States also threaten to undermine the gains made to date, according to results of the survey.

Aside from the top 10 issues (see table below), companies are...

September 26th, 2007

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) on Tuesday released an analysis of China's financial sector that recommends further market openings for foreign providers of banking, securities, insurance, and other financial services. USCBC has long held that financial modernization is the most important of China's unfinished economic reforms. The report states that financial sector reforms are critical not only to sustained economic growth in China, but also to addressing core issues in the bilateral...

Pages