China Market Intelligence

March 16th, 2016
Zoe Sophos

China is determined to arrive at a high-standard Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) that will benefit US industry as soon as possible, said Li Chenggang, director-general of China’s Ministry of Commerce’s (MOFCOM) Treaty and Law Department and China’s lead BIT negotiator, at a USCBC luncheon program February 25 in Washington, D.C.

China is expected to table a new BIT “negative list” offer in the coming weeks, possibly close to the end of March when presidents Xi...

March 2nd, 2016
Jake Parker

Though China’s slowing growth impacts US company operations, economic restructuring is offering new opportunities to American companies, said a group of US-China Business Council (USCBC) executives during a February 28 roundtable discussion with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew in Beijing. Lew was in China for the G20 finance ministers’ meeting in Shanghai on February 26 and 27.

Companies also shared examples of persistent market barriers that prevent full access to...

February 3rd, 2016
Stephanie Henry

The year ahead will be a decisive one for China’s economy, as policymakers must decide between a long-term rebalancing strategy or measures that produce short-term economic gains, economist Dan Rosen said January 28 at the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) annual Forecast Conference. Rosen, of Rhodium Group, said Chinese leaders need to address top economic challenges including balance-of-payments issues, two-way investment trends, and broadly restructuring its economy.

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January 20th, 2016

On January 20, 2016, the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) board of directors released its fifth annual priorities statement, detailing actions needed to continue building a strong, mutually beneficial commercial relationship between the United States and China. The goal of the statement is to focus the efforts of both governments on the top priorities for American companies that conduct business with China.

With the backdrop of global attention on China’s...

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...

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...

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...

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...

May 11th, 2015
Ryan Ong

Despite progress on competition concerns at the December 2014 Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) meeting, competition enforcement under the Antimonopoly Law (AML) remains a high-profile concern for many US companies in China. Data from the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) 2014 member company survey indicated that 86 percent of firms surveyed were concerned on some level about competition enforcement activities in China. A new report released today  by USCBC highlights evolving...

October 1st, 2014
Owen Haacke

Overcapacity, or a glut of production capabilities, is a growing concern for US-China Business Council (USCBC) member companies in their China operations, according to USCBC’s 2014 business environment survey. For the first time since 2009, overcapacity made the top 10 list of challenges, with almost 50 percent of respondents saying that in recent years the issue has gotten progressively worse. This deterioration is due in part to government stimulus measures that have encouraged...