China Market Intelligence

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...

March 4th, 2020
By Chynna Hawes

There is a general bipartisan consensus on the need to address China’s unfair trade practices, but policymakers approach the “China challenge” from a variety of angles based on the interests of their constituents, the committees on which they sit, and their personal background and aspirations. The following Senate committee leaders are among the most vocal on China:

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...

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 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 Yue Chen and Hanchen Zheng

On November 15, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) released the Guiding Opinion to Deeply Integrate Advanced Manufacturing and Modern Service Industries, outlining a plan for updating China’s manufacturing capabilities by 2025.

November 13th, 2019
By Angela Deng and Jack Kamensky

With an agreement “in principle” reached earlier this month, both the US and Chinese governments are sending positive signals as they work through the details of a “phase one” agreement. While the 20-point policy document on reforms and market opening published just a few weeks later by China’s State Council mostly rehashed previous commitments, it provides an encouraging sign of China’s will to move forward with reforms related to US demands.

November 13th, 2019
By Chynna Hawes

In less than a month, the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement mechanism will effectively cease to function, with potentially severe implications for the multilateral trading system. On December 10, the terms of two of the three remaining judges will expire, leaving the panel without a quorum to hear or decide cases, unless the United States changes its position and allows for more judges to be appointed. A recent WTO ruling in favor of China underscores many of the United...