China Market Intelligence

February 10th, 2021
By Lance Yau

China’s National Health Commission (NHC) has begun a national COVID-19 vaccine campaign. While multiple vaccine trials are still underway, two vaccines developed by Sinovac Biotech and Sinopharm have already been approved for deployment. For many local and multinational businesses alike, there is confusion about available vaccinations under the national scheme, which covers all Chinese citizens but does not explicitly cover foreigners.

February 10th, 2021
By Hannah Feldshuh

In March of 2021, China will articulate its cyber priorities within the 14th Five-Year Plan. Recent announcements from Chinese officials promoting technology self sufficiency, becoming a global model in digital technologies, and selectively opening the tech sector to foreign investment provide an early indication of what may be key focus areas in 2021. China is also expected to update two high-profile draft laws, which may pose challenges for multinational companies operating in China.

January 27th, 2021
By Banny Wang, Huihui Shen and Jackie Li

China made several personnel changes at both the central and provincial level over the last few months. China’s previous two ambassadors to the WTO, both of whom worked on the China side of Section 301 consultations, were called to perform leadership duties at the Ministry of Commerce.

January 13th, 2021
By Jake Parker

Battered by a global pandemic that took a toll on China’s domestic growth and the economies of its trading partners, China’s economy grew at an anemic 2.1 percent in 2020, the slowest pace in four decades—but also the fastest growth of any major economy. This year, the outlook appears brighter. China’s economy is expected to grow between 7 and 8 percent in 2021, bolstered by loosening virus restrictions, pent up consumer demand, and a slow return to normalcy after nearly a year of demand...

January 11th, 2021
By USCBC Staff

On January 9, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) released Rules on Counteracting Unjustified Extra-territorial Application of Foreign Legislation and Other Measures (Chinese text, English text), with the stated aim of “protecting Chinese citizens, legal entities, and organizations registered in China from harm caused by unilateral actions that interrupt normal trade activity.” Effective immediately, the rules establish a MOFCOM-led interagency group to evaluate whether foreign laws are...

December 30th, 2020
By Hannah Feldshuh

As 2020 draws to a close, China’s Central Economic Work Conference (CEWC) convened from December 16 to 18 to discuss China’s economic priorities for the coming year. This year’s conference was largely consistent with existing goals to reboot and open the economy, strengthen intellectual property protection, and advance anti-monopoly regulation. It is uncertain how other government efforts, particularly those that aim to achieve self sufficiency in sectors like technology, will impact foreign...

April 22nd, 2020
Melinda Xu

Earlier this month, the Chinese government tightened rules for exports of certain medical products used to combat COVID-19 in response to high-profile complaints about their quality. In light of these new requirements, exporters and importers of these goods can expect that the customs process will be delayed.

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...

February 5th, 2020
By Matt Margulies

The system is still far from comprehensive implementation, with several bureaucratic challenges remaining. It is still too early to estimate a measurable impact on companies. The biggest risk for companies to-date is inaccurate data captured in the various social credit databases. Companies should monitor their records vigilantly in sector-specific databases. 

January 22nd, 2020
By Antonio Douglas

Nearly three years after the Cybersecurity Law went into effect, regulatory clarity remains elusive, including around the MLPS 2.0. Many companies are conducting self-evaluations, with a few filing directly with MLPS 2.0.