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...

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)...

May 13th, 2015
USCBC Staff

Senior Chinese leaders are confident that they have the policy tools to maintain economic growth without resorting to stimulus spending seen in past years. That was one key finding from a visit to Beijing May 4-5 by a delegation of the US-China Business Council (USCBC) Board of Directors.

The delegation met with Vice Premier Wang Yang, Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng, and other officials to discuss China’s economic slowdown, prospects for economic reforms, and specific commercial issues...

April 15th, 2015
Jake Laband

US companies conducting government affairs (GA) in China face a wide range of challenges in interacting with government regulators and policy stakeholders. Factors like China’s anti-corruption campaign and increasing decentralization were discussed in US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) October 2014 report on best practices in stakeholder engagement. But companies also face challenges in gauging how the Chinese government perceives lawyers, and determining when having lawyers participate in...

December 17th, 2014
John Lenhart

China’s lead food and health safety regulator, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), will focus on continued restructuring and increased enforcement efforts in 2015, according to statements made to the US-China Business Council (USCBC). USCBC led a group of eight companies in a roundtable discussion with Director General Yuan Lin of the CFDA in Beijing on December 5. Company representatives shared concerns regarding uneven regulatory enforcement and cumbersome administrative...

October 1st, 2014
Dan Markus

When a foreign company wants to construct a new building in China, it is required to work with a so-called “design institute,” a Chinese company that must approve every part of the design. Although this is ostensibly a simple process, US companies have found a number of challenges that frequently arise when working with design institutes. These can include theft or misappropriation of intellectual property (IP), requirements to procure from specific vendors, and poor service. The US-China...

October 1st, 2014
Ryan Ong

Intellectual property has received high-level attention from the Chinese government in recent weeks, with government agencies actively touting progress on intellectual property (IP) issues, particularly increased enforcement activity and a growth in registered patents, trademarks, and copyrights through the first half of 2014. China has also actively engaged foreign partners on IP, sending two delegations to the United States for negotiations and training, which included several industry...

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...