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...

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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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...

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...

December 3rd, 2014
Owen Haacke

In November, Chinese and US negotiators surprised the global business community by announcing an end to a standoff over high-technology tariffs. In agreeing to move forward with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA), China paved the way for the slashing of tariffs on items from semiconductors to video game consoles. The breakthrough on ITA was a welcome development, but there are a number of other WTO initiatives that both the United States and China are...

October 14th, 2014
Zoe Sophos

Preparations are underway for a bilateral meeting between Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping in Beijing immediately following the APEC CEO Summit in November. This will be the second official bilateral meeting of the two leaders, following their 2013 meeting in Sunnylands, California. While a detailed agenda has not yet been set for the meetings, the presidents will likely discuss a wide range of economic and foreign policy issues.

The meeting comes at an important time in the US-...

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...