China Market Intelligence

October 28th, 2015
Owen Haacke

Despite new obstacles, growth in China remains robust, and US companies are dedicated to the China market—that was a clear message from the US-China Business Council (USCBC) 2015 China Operations Conference, held in Shanghai on October 22. With new challenges such as tightened profit margins, higher labor and management costs, and limited market access in some areas, companies are adapting their strategies to capture China’s continuing growth, according to experts that shared their...

October 28th, 2015
Ryan Ong and Stephanie Henry

Preparations for the November 21-23 US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) have kicked into high gear in recent weeks with both an active calendar of working group programs and robust planning for the plenary session in Guangzhou. The bilateral JCCT will be looking to build on outcomes from Chinese President Xi Jinping’s September 2015 state visit to the United States and the June Strategic & Economic Dialogue.

This year’s JCCT is the first that...

September 16th, 2015
Ryan Ong

As US and Chinese officials prepare for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s late September visit to the United States and bilateral discussions on a range of political and economic issues, the latest US-China Business Council (USCBC) scorecard reveals that China’s efforts to promote economic reform continue to have only a limited impact on the top concerns of American companies. A full listing of all the reforms to date and the September 2015 scorecard report are available on the USCBC...

September 16th, 2015
Erin Ennis

China remains a priority for American companies, despite the slowing economy and challenging business environment, but policy uncertainty continues to impact business confidence. These are among the findings in the latest US-China Business Council (USCBC) Member Survey report, conducted annually over the past 10 years. 
  
Slower economic growth in China is reflected in the balance sheets of US companies operating there, but 41 percent still report double-digit revenue...

September 2nd, 2015
John Frisbie

The following is adapted from a note from USCBC President John Frisbie to the USCBC board of directors

The timing for my recent visit to Beijing was optimal; I met with President Xi’s top economic advisor and vice ministers in several agencies closely involved in developing the agenda and negotiating the deliverables for the Chinese president’s state visit to the United States in September. Senior Chinese officials were interested in the US-China Business Council (USCBC)...

June 24th, 2015
Nick Marro

Moderate optimism about the outlook for doing business in China, despite uncertain economic and policy waters, was the overarching theme of the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) annual China Operations Conference (CHOPs) in Beijing, where government, think tanks, and business executive panelists shared their insights and opinions on the operating market in China.

This year’s CHOPs, convened on June 18th at USCBC’s Beijing office, featured a strong lineup of speakers from both the...

June 10th, 2015
Stephanie Henry

The US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) latest report on US exports to China in 2014 shows that China continues to be an important destination for US goods and significant contributor to US economic growth. In 2014, US exports to China totaled $120 billion, making it the third-largest export market for US goods behind Canada and Mexico, our neighbors and NAFTA partners. Overall, 42 states experienced at least triple-digit export growth to China since 2005, and five states saw export growth...

June 10th, 2015
Zoe Sophos

At the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) annual membership meeting on June 2, China policy experts and US government officials shared their insights on a broad range of issues affecting the US-China commercial relationship.

Speaking on China’s recent economic slowdown, Senior Research Fellow of World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences He Fan said that “foundational changes”—such as a rapidly decreasing supply of cheap labor and fewer opportunities for...

June 10th, 2015
Nick Marro and Owen Haacke

HR managers face a litany of hurdles including rising wages and new laws and regulations, along with the ongoing challenge of attracting and retaining talented workers and managers. At the same time, mass layoffs and employee relocation issues in China have become more common as companies balance an increasingly competitive marketplace with slowing economic growth.

Over the past decade, survey data from the US-China Business Council (USCBC) has indicated that human resources (HR)...

May 13th, 2015
USCBC Staff

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) last week submitted recommendations to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew for priority issues and outcomes to be included in next month’s US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED). Based on the USCBC Board of Directors’ 2015 Statement of Priorities in the US-China Commercial Relationship, these recommendations cover a range of issues, including reducing investment barriers, engaging on cybersecurity, improving rulemaking transparency, and adopting non...

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