China Market Intelligence

November 12th, 2008

US-China Business Council (USCBC) Chair Andrew Liveris, chairman and CEO of the Dow Chemical Co., and USCBC President John Frisbie led a delegation of 12 USCBC board members to Beijing at the end of October. The delegation met with Vice Premier Wang Qishan, People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan, and other senior officials from the National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the China Council for the Promotion of International...

October 15th, 2008

The State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) on October 8 announced several internal changes, including the creation of a new Protection Coordination Department. In a separate statement, SIPO also announced that the former Coordination and Administration Department has been renamed the Patent Administration Department, and the International Cooperation Department has been renamed the Office of Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan.

Protection Coordination Department

The...

October 1st, 2008

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) had opportunities large and small to engage with PRC Premier Wen Jiabao during his three-day visit to New York City last week to participate in the United Nations General Assembly. Despite the multilateral underpinnings for his visit, both USCBC interactions--a luncheon and a roundtable discussion--found the premier focused on the US-China bilateral relationship.

Luncheon hosts Wen

USCBC and the National Committee on US-China...

October 1st, 2008

US-China Business Council (USCBC) President John Frisbie on October 2 will provide the lead testimony at the US Trade Policy Staff Committee's hearing on China's compliance with its World Trade Organization (WTO) commitments. The committee, chaired by the Office of the US Trade Representative, holds a similar public hearing each year in preparation for its annual report to Congress on the subject. The report was mandated by Congress as part of its approval of China's permanent Normal Trade...

September 17th, 2008

US-China Business Council (USCBC) President John Frisbie visited China last week for advocacy meetings with senior PRC government officials before yesterday's US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), the US elections, and the fifth Strategic Economic Dialogue, which is due to be held in December.

Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) meetings in Xiamen

Frisbie's first stop was in Xiamen, Fujian, where a USCBC delegation participated in the 12th China...

September 3rd, 2008

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) frequently updates the USCBC and China Business Review (CBR) websites. We encourage members to review these useful web features:

USCBC

Read and subscribe to USCBC's key publications: China Market Intelligence, Washington Update, China Business Review, and China News Headlines Visit USCBC's members-only information center on US-China trade--the US-China Trade Toolkit. In the trade toolkit, members can view general trade...
August 20th, 2008

Members of the US-China Business Council (USCBC) are usually familiar with most of the services and information that USCBC provides, such as the vast pool of resources at www.uschina.org, the research and analysis provided by China Market Intelligence and The China Business Review, and the on-demand assistance provided by USCBC's Business Advisory Services department.

What members may not be aware of, however, is USCBC's availability for in-person presentations and speeches on...

August 6th, 2008

After months of speculation about potential export tax rebate changes due to slowing exports, the State Administration of Taxation and Ministry of Finance on July 30 released a notice that adjusts China's export value-added tax (VAT) rebates. Most notably, the VAT rebate rose from 11 percent to 13 percent on several categories of textile and apparel products, including silk, wool yarn and fabric, cotton yarn and fabric, and several types of industrial-use textiles and synthetic fibers and...

August 6th, 2008

Industrial standards and conformity assessments are among the top challenges facing US businesses in China. The US-China Business Council (USCBC) seeks to ensure that standards-setting remains open to foreign company participation, is undertaken in a transparent manner, and allows broader participation for foreign certification bodies.

USCBC recently met with China National Certification Association (CNCA) Chief Administrator Sun Dawei and CNCA's major deputies and department heads to...

July 16th, 2008

PRC government officials speaking at a USCBC event in Shanghai last week said that although visa procedures have recently been more strictly followed than in the past because of Olympic security concerns, "legitimate" business requests for visas, residence permits, and visa extensions will still receive consideration. Also at the meeting, representatives of the US Consulate in Shanghai clarified steps and provided advice on applying for business visas to the United States.

PRC visas:...

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