China Market Intelligence

June 13th, 2018
By Meg Kelly

Tariffs and trade deals are still uncertain, but China’s government restructuring is likely to be the most significant long-term development this year for foreign companies doing business in China, said speakers at the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) 45th Annual Membership Meeting on June 5. Members from a wide range of companies joined guest speakers to discuss changes in the Chinese business environment and the US-China commercial relationship during a pivotal time for trade...

May 30th, 2018
By Jake Laband and Anna Ashton

Although the denial order recently brought by the U.S. Department of Commerce against Chinese smartphone and telecommunications equipment giant ZTE is based on admitted wrongdoing, the discretionary action has hurt US suppliers and bolstered the claims of Chinese policy makers that China is overly reliant on foreign technology – and that a shift in political winds could disrupt important supply chains for Chinese firms if greater technological independence is not achieved.

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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...

May 2nd, 2018
By USCBC Staff

Following two years of decline, the United States exported more goods in 2017 to China than ever before– in excess of $127 billion. China also continues to be a major growth market for US services exports, and is virtually tied with Canada as the second-largest services market for the United States. The US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) 2018 annual report on state exports, released Monday, highlights the continued...

April 4th, 2018
USCBC Staff

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...

April 3rd, 2018

The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has released its Section 301 tariff proposal for public comment, covering approximately 1,300 tariff lines. Written comments are due to USTR by Friday, May 11, 2018.

USCBC President John Frisbie released a statement after USTR's announcement, noting that, "China needs to substantially improve market access and competitive conditions for American companies selling to and investing in China in certain sectors, but unilateral tariffs may...

January 24th, 2018
By Owen Haacke

Sixty-five percent of US-China Business Council (USCBC) member companies experience challenges with licensing and approvals to operate in the China market, according to USCBC’s 2017 Member Survey. Licensing and approvals rose to the second-most prominent challenge for US companies in the China market, behind competition with Chinese companies. In the past decade, licensing has consistently ranked among the top 10 priority issues in USCBC’s annual survey.

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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 Anna Ashton

Import tariff reductions that went into effect in China earlier this month on a wide range of goods will have a positive effect on sales for several US-China Business Council (USCBC) member companies. China’s Ministry of Finance implemented tariff reductions for 187 consumer products, effective December 1. Products for which import tariffs have been cut include infant formula and diapers, a wide range of medicines, certain alcoholic beverages and food, and some cosmetics and...

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