China Market Intelligence

February 27th, 2019
By USCBC Staff

In meetings over the past week, the US-China Business Council (USCBC) met in Beijing and Shanghai with senior representatives from the National People’s Congress Legislative Working Committee, which is responsible for drafting the Foreign Investment Law, to discuss USCBC’s recommendations. Officials indicated that foreign companies will have five years to transition their business structures to comply with the new law.

USCBC on February 24 submitted comments on...

November 7th, 2018
By Anna Ashton

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) and several other trade associations submitted joint comments on provisions regarding personal information and data privacy protection in China’s Draft Civil Code, which is being revised by the National People’s Congress.

Although the draft language appears intended to implement explicit protections for personal privacy and individual rights, some provisions could do the opposite and impede companies’ ability to deliver the...

October 24th, 2018
By USCBC Staff

On a recent visit to Beijing, the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) Board of Directors urged the Chinese government to provide written proposals to the US government on their reform plans to facilitate an effective meeting between the presidents in November.

Minister of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) Miao Wei said the United States’ 301 investigation into intellectual property rights and technology transfer policies had raised many “unfounded...

October 10th, 2018
By USCBC Staff

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) has updated an online resource on the Chinese government to help member companies better navigate its complexities. This includes an infographic linking to information about high-level government bodies, as well as descriptions of government agencies that have been updated to reflect China’s government restructuring and recent leadership changes.

On March 17, China’s national legislative body, the National People’s Congress (...

May 16th, 2018
By Anna Ashton and Meg Kelly

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He is in Washington this week for trade negotiations with the Trump administration, as USCBC reported to members on Monday. Liu’s delegation includes the new central bank governor, Yi Gang; National Development and Reform Commission Vice Chair Ning Jizhe; Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang; Ministry of Industry and Information Vice Minister Luo Wen; Finance Vice Minister Zhu Guangyao; Agriculture...

April 4th, 2018

China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) concluded with what have become customary commitments to economic reforms, but few tangible implementing actions that would boost business confidence or bolster support for US-China commercial relations in Washington, DC.

US-China Business Council (USCBC) President John Frisbie traveled to China immediately following the conclusion of the NPC, and spent nine days...

April 4th, 2018
Owen Haacke

The massive restructuring of State Council ministries and departments will bring significant changes to China’s environmental and natural resources regulators including a new department for natural resources oversight, but many of the previous leaders will remain. Amid these changes, the US-China Business Council (USCBC) met with officials to clarify the best tactics for companies to engage central and local governments...

January 11th, 2018
By USCBC Staff

China has further tightened control on internet services by blocking internet access for some unregistered customers, according to US-China Business Council (USCBC) conversations with China internet service providers and member companies. This development could affect some company operations in China as well as information sharing between offices, but steps can be taken to restore service.

Concerns arose last summer about restrictions on internet access and VPN...

December 13th, 2017
By Owen Haacke

Despite indications that US companies expect growth in revenue and profitability next year in China, concern about possible trade actions was evident  in polling USCBC members who attended the Shanghai China Operations Conference on November 30. USCBC used interactive live polling provided by Wolfpack Response Ltd. during the conference, which allowed the audience to provide real-time feedback during panel sessions led by experts.Seventy six percent of the audience expects trade tensions to...

November 29th, 2017
By Jake Parker

President Donald Trump called for China to unilaterally balance the US-China economic relationship during his state visit to Beijing earlier this month, but senior Chinese government officials, in meetings with the US-China Business Council (USCBC) after the visit, are uncertain about what actions China can take that would address Trump administration concerns, as well as who in the administration they should deal with on trade matters.

Officials confirmed that...