China Market Intelligence

March 18th, 2020
By Melinda Xu, Banny Wang, and Sihan Qu

Because of public concerns surrounding Wuhan’s handling of the COVID-19 epidemic, Beijing is sending new leadership to Hubei province. Many new local officials were nominated at local “two sessions” across China early this year, including in Shanghai and Jiangsu. The central government proceeded with leadership adjustments at the Liaison Offices in Hong Kong and Macau and the State Council’s Office of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs.

March 17th, 2020
By Angela Deng and Banny Wang

On March 15, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) released drafts of both the “Implementation Plan on Enforcement of Intellectual Property (IP) Rights Judgments” and “Guidelines on Enforcement of IP Rights Judgments” for public comment, which will be due by May 15. With the release of the two drafts, China appears to have met its commitment under Article 1.28 of the Phase One agreement to publish detailed work plans on how it will improve and ensure expeditious enforcement of court judgments on...

March 4th, 2020
By USCBC staff

This year holds some important legislative milestones for the National People’s Congress (NPC)—China’s parliament. Based on what the NPC has said will likely be on its 2020 legislative work plan, key laws governing China’s IP environment, cybersecurity framework, and export control regime will undergo additional review and revision this year. Any changes the NPC makes to these laws could have a significant impact on companies’ near-term operations and long-term perspectives on the China...

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 Jack Kamensky

Newly released data from the US Department of Commerce provides a window into how escalating tariffs by the United States and China on each other’s goods have impacted bilateral trade. Starting in mid-2018, both sides began implementing steep tariffs and by September 2019, tariffs on both sides covered the majority of products traded. As a result, US imports of Chinese goods dropped 16 percent in 2019 to $452 billion after a record year in 2018—a larger decrease than what was seen in 2009...

February 19th, 2020
By USCBC Staff

While the number of new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, could potentially be declining in China as of today, another wave of new infections in China or elsewhere is not out of the question. As the Chinese government continues with containment measures and businesses across China slowly begin to reopen, it will be important for companies to watch the central- and local-level initiatives outlined below. 

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 19th, 2020
By USCBC Staff

China’s State Council Customs and Tariff Commission released a new list of 696 products subject to China’s Section 301 retaliatory tariffs that will be eligible for tariff exclusions starting March 2, for a period of one year. The list of products covers a significant portion of goods in the expanding trade section of the Phase One agreement, including soybeans, automobiles, aircraft, integrated circuits, oil, and LNG. It also covers goods that made up roughly 50 percent of the United States...

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...

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