China Market Intelligence

October 20th, 2020
By USCBC Staff

As the results of the US presidential election come into focus, USCBC would like to hear from you about China priorities to raise with the next administration. This is a once-in-4-years opportunity for the business community, and USCBC is drafting an advocacy document to articulate our recommendations to present to the next administration in January 2021.

October 14th, 2020
By Jake Parker

Recent changes to the US export control regime have raised questions among US-China Business Council members about the criteria the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) employs to consider licenses for the export, re-export, or transfer of products to Huawei. The rule change greatly expands the scope of the Foreign-Produced Direct Product Rule (FDPR) to Huawei and other entities on the Entity List. 

October 14th, 2020
By Matthew Margulies

China’s third annual international import expo (CIIE) is set for a slightly more subdued atmosphere this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s expo, a signature event in Shanghai that showcases China’s prowess as a buyer (not simply a seller) of goods, will take place November 5–10. USCBC understands from event organizers that over 3,000 companies will participate in CIIE this year (including more than 170 American companies), which is not quite up to 2019 levels.

October 14th, 2020
By Anna Ashton

The House Republicans’ China Task Force released its inaugural report on September 29, just days after Senate Democrats announced the introduction of the America Labor, Economic Competitiveness, Alliances, Democracy, and Security (LEADS) Act (S. 4629). The task force—announced in May of this year—brings together select Republicans from key House committees to articulate recommendations for addressing “current and emerging cross-jurisdictional threats from China.” The America LEADS Act...

September 30th, 2020
By Owen Haacke and Chris Miller

China will allow non-Chinese nationals holding certain valid residence permits for work (Z), personal matters (S1), and reunion (Q1) to enter the country beginning at midnight on September 28, according to an announcement by China’s National Immigration Administration and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). The announcement officially lifts these restrictions on foreign travelers entering China which have been in effect since March 28, although the other restrictions mentioned in the notice...

September 30th, 2020
By Jake Laband and Jake Parker

As China nears the Fifth Plenum of the 19th Party Congress, it is useful to understand how China’s plenum system contributes to policymaking and what companies should expect in the upcoming session. The party congress generally convenes seven plenary sessions during each 5-year term, during which the Central Committee announces national-level policy changes. The first plenum meets 1 day after the party congress, and is focused on party affairs: electing Politburo members, choosing members of...

September 30th, 2020
By Alison Schonberg and Jack Kamensky

An August 6 executive order that threatened to broadly restrict WeChat use forced many US companies to examine at a corporate level how they use WeChat in China and abroad. While restrictions released by the Department of Commerce on September 23 were limited to WeChat use in the United States and a subsequent preliminary injunction by the courts has delayed these restrictions, US companies continue to assess how they should manage WeChat use.

September 22nd, 2020
By USCBC Staff

Restrictions on both WeChat and TikTok which were originally scheduled to come into effect on September 20 have both been delayed. A court order on September 20 put WeChat restrictions on pause shortly before implementation due to concerns with inhibiting free speech under the First Amendment of the US Constitution. On September 19, the Department of Commerce announced that it would delay TikTok’s removal from US app stores for a week after President Trump approved “in concept” a deal for an...

September 21st, 2020
By USCBC Staff

On September 19, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) published the final Provisions on the Unreliable Entity List (English available here), but so far has not released names of companies to be included on the list. The concept of the Unreliable Entity List (UEL) was introduced in May 2019 after Huawei was added to the United States’ Entity List and China has been foreshadowing its enactment since. While the UEL is seen as a response to recent US government export control actions, it also...

September 16th, 2020
By Anna Ashton and Allie Klein

Last month, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo resigned from his role leading the World Trade Organization (WTO) a full year before his second 4-year term was scheduled to end. Azevedo’s surprise announcement this spring underscored mounting dysfunction in the global trading system just as the massive economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges of developing an international response were coming into focus. A new leader—to be selected this fall—will have the high-stakes task...