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...

April 1st, 2015
Zoe Sophos

The US-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) negotiations, which aim to establish the rules of the road for cross-border investing, have the ambition to reach an agreement of unprecedented scope, although the prospects and timetable for completion remain uncertain. While a BIT linking the world’s two largest economies would be groundbreaking in its own right, the path towards the agreement—including use of a negative list and potential pre-establishment protection for investments, which is...

September 17th, 2014
Stephanie Henry

Your customers have probably heard that US companies do business in China so they can cut costs and outsource American jobs. It is a phrase that’s been uttered many times—so much so that many Americans think it’s true. But the simple fact is that it’s not.

Why are US companies in China in the first place?

Most companies that do business in China are there to access the China market. They want to be close to their regional operations and customers—more than 300 million middle...