China Market Intelligence

February 10th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

Congressional interest in the US approach to China has surged in recent years, resulting in an influx of China-related legislative proposals during the 116th Congress—over 550 bills and resolutions in just 2 years. While 15 proposals were enacted either in standalone legislation or government spending packages, the majority saw no movement. 

January 27th, 2021
By USCBC Staff

After years of reports of forced labor and wide-scale internment of the Xinjiang Uyghur population, on January 19, the outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally labeled the situation a genocide. The decision reflects the continuous pressure exerted by the 116th Congress on the administration to address human rights concerns in Xinjiang, including a Senate resolution expressing that the Chinese government’s actions amount to genocide and urging the administration to address the issue...

January 27th, 2021
By Alison Schonberg

President Biden has inherited multiple US policies taken under the Trump administration to limit US investment in Chinese firms. In particular, a law on US listing standards and an executive order on companies affiliated with China’s military threaten to remove Chinese companies from US exchanges and more broadly, prevent US investors from holding securities of a growing number of Chinese companies. During its final days, the Trump administration pushed for fast implementation of these...

January 13th, 2021
By Chynna Hawes

President-Elect Joe Biden’s trade and economic team will face a variety of China-related issues from day one in office. The next US trade representative will have to grapple with what to do with the Phase One trade agreement and tariffs on some $370 billion worth of Chinese goods. The Commerce secretary will be responsible for implementing export control policy and deciding how to move forward with securing the information and communications technology supply chain, including recent orders...

March 18th, 2020
By Chris Miller

After years of under-regulation in online retail, China’s Ecommerce Law officially entered into force at the start of 2019. Although the law introduced sweeping reforms, the industry did not experience overnight change. China’s State Administration of Market Regulation (SAMR), the supervisory authority behind the law, has instead maintained a steady drip of measures and policies designed to implement and clarify various provisions of the Ecommerce Law. The result has been a more predictable...

March 4th, 2020
By Pearson Goodman

The past few weeks have seen a flurry of announcements of tariff exclusions from the Chinese government. On February 17, China’s State Council Customs Tariff Commission released a list of 696 products currently subject to China’s Section 301 retaliatory tariffs that will be eligible to apply for tariff exclusions (“Phase One” list). A few days later on February 21, China’s Ministry of Finance released a second list of items (Batch II list) eligible for tariff exclusion. While both lists...

February 19th, 2020
By Angela Deng

Companies generally agree that the IP commitments included in the Phase One agreement are a step in the right direction. Some industries are more confident than others that the commitments will improve the protection and enforcement of their IP rights in China in a tangible way. The 30-day window of time between the agreement going into effect and the release of China’s IP Action Plan provides an opportunity for industry to raise recommendations to both governments. 

February 6th, 2020
By USCBC Staff

On February 6, 2020, the State Council Customs and Tariff Commission announced that starting on February 14, 2020, the Chinese government will halve the retaliatory tariffs that it put in place on September 1. Tariffs originally at 10 percent will be reduced to 5 percent, and those at 5 percent will be brought down to 2.5 percent. This is commensurate with the US reduction of its September 1 tariffs on about $120 billion in Chinese goods from 15 to 7.5 percent as part of the Phase One trade...

January 22nd, 2020
By Pearson Goodman and Jake Parker

The agreement includes considerable positive developments on issues concerning financial services, agriculture, and intellectual property. China has committed to purchase $200 billion of US goods above 2017 levels. The agreement contains a dispute resolution mechanism that aims to ensure faithful implementation.

December 11th, 2019
By Erin Slawson

Headlines alleging that a decoupling of the US and Chinese economies is looming, or by some counts, already underway, have appeared in the news cycle for several months now. Once an infrequently used term reserved for economists and electrical engineers, “decoupling” began capturing headlines in the fall of 2018 in an attempt to capture US-China friction in the trade sphere and has held on since.