China Market Intelligence

August 2nd, 2017
By Meg Kelly and Anna Ashton

Disappointing bilateral negotiations between the United States and China have added few new successes to lackluster investment reforms, despite the multiple announcements, promises, and regulatory changes by the Chinese government over the past six months. Deals made with the Trump administration on market access as part of the 100-day plan were largely directed at fulfilling previous Chinese promises, rather than new openings and the Comprehensive Economic Dialogue (CED) only...

July 19th, 2017
By USCBC Staff

First Meeting of US-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue Concludes, No Statements Issued Yet
American and Chinese government delegations met today in the first US-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue (CED). The dialogue ended at 4:30 pm Washington, DC time today (June 19), but no statements on outcomes have been issued as this update goes to press. Chinese government sources have indicated that the Chinese delegation will hold a press conference at 8:00 pm DC (8:...

May 3rd, 2017
By Meg Kelly

Ambassador to China-designate Terry Branstad’s May 2 confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee put him on track to be in Beijing in June if the process moves forward as expected. The long-time Republican governor of Iowa and personal acquaintance of Chinese President Xi Jinping made it clear that this relationship would not prevent him from being tough on China when necessary.

April 5th, 2017
By USCBC staff

Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping meet today and tomorrow at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. The first face-to-face meeting of the two leaders is expected to focus on establishing a relationship and laying out principles for addressing key issues. USCBC will email members an update regarding the summit as soon as details are available.

February 22nd, 2017
By Jiang Xiaojuan and Yin Ziyang

China’s legislative body is expected to deviate from the typical economic agenda when it convenes March 5 for its final session before the 19th Communist Party Congress in the fall. Instead, the focus will be on preparing for the Party Congress and a leadership shuffle for President Xi Jinping’s second five-year term.

February 8th, 2017
Meg Kelly

In the first two weeks of the Trump administration, there has been a great deal of discussion of policies affecting trade, though formal proposals have not yet been made on most of them.  Administration officials have suggested a proposed border tax on imports from certain countries, and made repeated calls to increase domestic manufacturing, but so far, there has been no action regarding alleged currency...

February 8th, 2017
by Meg Kelly

Reduced regulation and increased energy production are the pillars of the Trump administration’s economic plan, according Stephen Moore, a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation and economic advisor to President Trump during his campaign.

Moore, who addressed the US-China Business Council (USCBC) Forecast conference...

February 8th, 2017
by Anna Ashton

The Trump administration is expected to take a less patient and conciliatory approach to US-China trade relations than has been the norm in recent years; but with its own significant political transition underway, China is unlikely to make major domestic policy changes in response to a more hardline US approach. A panel of experts invited to the US-China Business Council on February 2 forecast the political...

March 16th, 2016
Zoe Sophos

The start of 2016 brought several personnel shifts in China’s central government, including in agencies responsible for publishing economic data and for taxation, financial system, and state-owned enterprise (SOE) regulation.

Notable recent personnel changes include:

Liu Shiyu replaced Xiao Gang as chair of the China Securities Regulatory Commission. Liu was formerly president of the Agricultural Bank of China.

Xiao Yaqing was...

April 15th, 2015
Jake Laband

US companies conducting government affairs (GA) in China face a wide range of challenges in interacting with government regulators and policy stakeholders. Factors like China’s anti-corruption campaign and increasing decentralization were discussed in US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) October 2014 report on best practices in stakeholder engagement. But companies also face challenges in gauging how the Chinese government perceives lawyers, and determining when having lawyers participate in...