China Market Intelligence

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
Matthew Margulies

The US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) latest report of China’s economic reform efforts shows marginal improvement, but the overall impact on the top concerns of American companies remains limited. Since the last report was issued in February 2015, new policies introduced by the Chinese leadership continue to send mixed signals on the pace of economic reform and what role foreign companies will play in China’s next stages of development.

Recent improvements in reform developments...

April 29th, 2015
USCBC Staff

Companies can expect some openings in China’s newly issued list of industries off-limits to foreign investment in the recently unified free trade zones (FTZs), though many investment restrictions important to industry groups remain unchanged. The State Council’s updated free trade zone negative list is to be uniformly adopted across China’s four free trade zones in Shanghai, Fujian, Guangdong, and Tianjin, effective May 20, 2015. The updated “negative list” (or list of sectors...

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...