China Market Intelligence

August 20th, 2021
Hannah Feldshuh and Antonio Douglas

On August 20, China’s National People’s Congress passed the Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL), which will enter into force on November 1, 2021. Based on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, PIPL establishes consent as the primary mechanism for collecting personal information and allows for the cross-border transfer of personal information to an overseas recipient so long as there is a contract that meets the standards of the Cyberspace Administration of China (...

August 18th, 2021

On August 16, 2021, the State Council released the Critical Information Infrastructure Security  Protection Regulations, which will go into effect September 1. The regulations finalize a previously issued draft from 2017, adding long-awaited provisions for determining what qualifies as critical information infrastructure (CII) in China. CII is a broad concept formalized in China’s 2016 Cybersecurity Law which requires more stringent cybersecurity rules for its operators. 

August 11th, 2021
By USCBC Staff

A significant outbreak of the delta variant of COVID-19 has spread to more than 200 counties and municipal districts across China, affecting 18 of the country’s 31 provinces. While the outbreaks are not as severe as the earliest days of China’s first COVID-19 lockdowns in March 2020, the fluidity of the current situation has led to interspersed and ongoing rollouts of restrictions from various administrations and regional governments. Several provinces are strongly discouraging any non-...

August 11th, 2021
By Hannah Feldshuh

China’s “takedown” of the ride-hailing app DiDi last month, just after its IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, is indicative of just how fast China’s data security regime is developing. The link between data and national security has implications that are becoming more real, both for high-profile Chinese companies and foreign companies. While it came as a surprise, the DiDi case is just one small component of a months-long campaign to proactively regulate apps and internet companies, often...

August 11th, 2021
By Banny Wang and Xizi Shi

China has seen several high-level personnel changes both at central and provincial level over the last few months. In late July, China appointed a new ambassador to the United States, Qin Gang (秦刚), after his predecessor, Cui Tiankai (崔天凯), retired. For details on Qin’s background, please refer to USCBC's past work. In addition, a new agency, the National Disease Prevention and Control Administration (NDPCA), was established at the vice-ministerial level under the National Health Commission...

July 28th, 2021
By Allie Klein and Martin Kendrick

Now that President Joe Biden has confirmed his Cabinet and named multiple top advisors, his administration is nominating senior leaders to oversee some of the most integral tools used to compete with China. Many of Biden’s picks have worked in government for decades, across both parties and multiple administrations. This article maps out Biden administration nominees that, if confirmed, will lead some of the most important bureaus and agencies with a stake in the US-China commercial...

July 28th, 2021
By USCBC Staff

Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Qin Gang will succeed Cui Tiankai as China’s ambassador to the United States during a time of immense friction between the two countries. After quarantining for two weeks, a requirement for all Chinese diplomats serving around the world, the embassy will formally present Qin’s credentials to President Joe Biden before he can assume the ambassadorship. Qin, a Tianjin native, is considered a seasoned and professional diplomat. 

July 28th, 2021
By Chris Miller

Development of new energy vehicles (NEVs) remains a high priority for China’s state planners. In the past, this has theoretically covered hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs), but in practice, the term still almost exclusively refers to battery-powered EVs. China is behind the curve on hydrogen technology compared to tech leaders like Japan, whose Toyota has sold FCVs since 2014. Following recent local government efforts and a mention in China’s 14th Five-Year Plan (FYP), however, hydrogen...

July 19th, 2021
By Craig Allen

We are grateful for your guidance and will continue to focus on your top priorities. Please allow me to share some thoughts and observations about the US-China relationship and an update on USCBC.

July 16th, 2021
By USCBC Staff

Today, the US government issued an advisory urging businesses to consider risks associated with operating in Hong Kong, alongside sanctions on seven additional Chinese and Hong Kong officials for violating Hong Kong’s autonomy. This follows the release earlier this week of a similar advisory for companies with supply chains associated with Xinjiang and Uyghur forced labor, and comes amid apparent diplomatic challenges organizing an official visit by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman to...