China Market Intelligence

October 28th, 2020
By Pearson Goodman and Alison Schonberg

On October 17, the 13th National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) concluded its 22nd session by adopting seven bills. These include amendments to the Patent Law, National Flag Law, National Emblem Law, Election Law, and Minors Protection Law, as well as a new Export Control Law and Biosecurity Law. Of these, the amended Patent Law and new Export Control Law could have the strongest potential impact on USCBC members. 

October 28th, 2020
By Lu Yang and Jack Kamensky

With tightened US export controls threatening to cut China off from certain US technologies, China is accelerating efforts to develop its own high-tech industries. On September 25, four ministries jointly published Guiding Opinions on Expanding Investment in Strategic Emerging Industries and Cultivating New Growth Points and Growth Poles. This plan serves as a blueprint for development in eight “strategic emerging industries” (SEIs), including goals to form new industrial clusters, financing...

October 28th, 2020
By Chynna Hawes

Since the implementation of the Export Control Reform Act (ECRA) of 2018, the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has issued new controls on 37 “emerging technologies.” The majority of these controls have been implemented under multilateral regimes, harmonizing the United States’ Commerce Control List (CCL) with international agreements. China has widely been considered a driver for export control reform, and is increasingly a target for new controls on certain...

October 27th, 2020
By USCBC Staff

On October 21, the National People’s Congress released the draft Personal Information Protection Law (New America translation available here) for public comment until November 19. The draft contains eight chapters and 70 articles spanning cross-border data transfers, the rights of personal information subjects, responsibilities of personal information processors, penalties, etc. Once finalized the law will apply to any individual or organization that engages in personal information...

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...

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