China Market Intelligence

July 10th, 2019
By Jake Parker

A transition back to the United States offers an opportunity to reflect on some of the trends the US-China Business Council’s China offices are observing in the field. These trends represent a cross section of information from USCBC members, Chinese and US government officials, and the organization’s in-house analysis.

Trade negotiations

As is now widely known, the G20 meeting between Presidents Xi and Trump led to a pause in escalation, if not a complete cessation of tensions...

July 10th, 2019
By Angela Deng
The process of reviewing public comments on Commerce’s notice to define emerging technologies has slowed down US efforts to unilaterally control emerging technologies, while the process to define foundational technologies has not yet begun. The US government is planning to revise its export control regulations to make it easier to reject license applications for exports of high-tech products to China. The US government has added more Chinese entities to the Entity List and rejected more deemed...
July 10th, 2019
By Lipei Zhang
Anti-monopoly Law (AML) revision updates make slow progress amid internal debates. M&A reviews are uncertain amid volatile bilateral relations, pending guidelines related to the abuse of IP enforcement guidelines and the auto sector create compliance uncertainties while enforcement is ongoing. Chinese experts press business community to combat unfair administrative treatment through the fair competition review scheme, and administrative and judicial appeal procedures.

The State...

July 10th, 2019
By Melinda Xu and Yan Yu
The Communist Party of China (CCP) is launching an education campaign nationwide to remind its 90 million members of the Party's fundamental purpose and historic mission. China’s cybersecurity administration rounds out leadership by naming a third vice minister. The architect of China’s state-owned enterprise reform will now lead the powerful market and antitrust regulator.

A Communist Party education campaign championed by President Xi launched in June will focus on “staying true to the...

July 1st, 2019
By USCBC Staff

China’s latest revisions to its investment negative lists made several changes in a variety of sectors to allow more foreign participation, but few in areas that are priorities for foreign companies.

On June 30, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) jointly released the national and Free Trade Zone (FTZ) foreign investment negative lists, along with an updated industry catalog for encouraging foreign investment. The third revision...

June 19th, 2019
By Jack Kamensky and Chris Miller
Many of China’s standardization policy goals for 2019 have positive implications for foreign companies, including efforts to make standards setting more market driven, effective, transparent, and reflective of industry feedback. Efforts to harmonize domestic and international standards could bring benefits to foreign companies, although Chinese international standards-setting ambitions raise concerns about China using its influence to inappropriately benefit Chinese companies.

Each year, the...

June 19th, 2019
By Chris Miller
China is aggressively phasing out fossil fuels and encouraging the development of new energy vehicles in its auto sector to improve the industry’s carbon footprint. Some of the policies associated with these goals have set impractical deadlines and created market distortions, but there is room for optimism in the government’s ongoing efforts to refine its approach.

China plans to ban the sale of fossil fuel powered vehicles by 2040 according to the Ministry of Industry and Information...

June 19th, 2019
By Angela Deng
Presidents Trump and Xi will meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit near the end of June, with preparatory talks starting this week. It is unlikely that a final trade deal will be reached at the meeting. Before the presidential meeting was announced, China moved forward with a number of retaliatory measures against the United States. The week before the G20, USTR will start public hearings about the US plan to impose tariffs on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese imports. USCBC will...
June 19th, 2019
By Ian Hutchinson and Erin Slawson

You can now listen to two podcasts produced by the US-China Business Council (USCBC). The first, the China Business Minute, is a quick catchup with our China offices released every Monday. The second, the China Business Review Podcast, is the podcast companion to our digital magazine of the same name, covering a single topic in depth.

The China Business Minute covers three topics each week, alternating between our Beijing and Shanghai offices. In Beijing, Jake...

June 13th, 2019
By USCBC Staff

USCBC requests your input on the recent draft Personal Information Cross-Border Security Review Measures released today by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). The draft measures, implementing regulations of the Cybersecurity Law, apply to all network operators who wish to send personal information abroad. Under the draft, all cross-border transfers of personal information would have to undergo security assessments by the provincial level CAC before any personal information could be...