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)...

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...

April 15th, 2015
Stephanie Henry

Suspending problematic policies that restrict US companies’ ability to sell information technology (IT) products in the China market, eliminating proposed regulations that would disadvantage foreign companies operating in certain industries, and enforcing the Antimonopoly Law (AML) fairly against both domestic and foreign companies: these are just some of the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) new recommendations for the 2015 Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) negotiations. The...

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 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-...