China Market Intelligence

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...

March 18th, 2015
Matthew Margulies

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) published the finalized 2015 update to the Catalogue Guiding Foreign Investment in Industry (CGFI) on March 13. The updated catalogue will be in effect starting April 10, 2015. Compared with the most recent version of the catalogue in 2011, the 2015 update takes steps to reduce the number of restricted investment categories from 79 to 38, but the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) analysis...

March 4th, 2015
Dan Markus

China’s leading legislative body showed a worse performance in regulatory transparency in 2014, while other agencies continued to fare poorly in the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) annual Regulatory Transparency Scorecard, which will be released at the end of March. For the fifth straight year, USCBC has found that China’s central government agencies are not fully meeting their regulatory transparency obligations. China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) will hold its annual meeting this...

February 18th, 2015
Jake Laband

China’s Draft Foreign Investment Law, which will restructure the foreign investment legal regime, leaves significant room for protectionism, according to US-China Business Council (USCBC) comments recently submitted to the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM). The proposed law combines the three current laws governing foreign investment—the Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise Law, the Sino-Foreign Equity Joint Venture Law, and the Sino-Foreign Contractual Joint Venture Law—while removing language on...

February 18th, 2015
Ryan Ong

Enforcement actions are not enough for companies to protect their intellectual property (IP) in China, according to a new best practices sheet released by the US-China Business Council (USCBC) late last month. Instead, companies seeking to use and protect their patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets in China must develop an integrated IP protection strategy. Such a strategy has to reflect the nature and extent of the IP problems that the company faces, align with overall...

February 4th, 2015
Matthew Margulies

The US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) latest assessment of China’s economic reform efforts shows some acceleration in reform measures, but continuing limited impact on the top concerns of American companies. Recent months have seen mixed signals: positive steps in several areas offset by new restraints on foreign company market access. This has prompted questions on the ultimate reform outcome, resulting in no overall improvement in this assessment from June and October 2014.

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February 4th, 2015
Zoe Sophos

China’s economy is thriving even in the midst of slowing growth, World Bank senior advisor Otaviano Canuto told an audience of business executives and China experts at the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) 34th annual Forecast Conference on January 28. Canuto described China’s meteoric rise to middle income status over the past two decades as the result of rapid urbanization, technological maturation, and increased worker productivity. He further said that whether China follows a World-...

January 22nd, 2015
USCBC Staff

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) today released a statement of priority actions needed to continuing building a strong, mutually beneficial commercial relationship between the United States and China. The relationship has made many positive strides over the past three decades, thanks to the collaborative work of the governments, business communities, and other stakeholders in both countries. Trade and investment are delivering important benefits to both economies and are the foundation...

January 7th, 2015
Stephanie Henry

From the declarations of reform made at the Central Economic Work Conference to the promises of the third plenum, Chinese officials have continually made bold statements about reform intentions. But in 2014, progress was made to back up some of the rhetoric, the US-China Business Council (USCBC) found. While improvement on commercial issues in the US-China relationship is often incremental, notable steps were taken this year in areas like competition, foreign investment, and visas, among...

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...

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