China Market Intelligence

August 8th, 2018
By Ricky Altieri, Chenyu Wu, Mohan Sun

Made in China 2025 (MIC2025), a central government economic plan that supports the development of advanced technology industries, has resulted in a slew of provincial legal documents with important implications for foreign businesses. Although they vary in specificity and length, these documents illuminate how this broad national initiative is being translated into concrete local government action.

Taking the form of action plans, guidelines, and opinions, this...

August 8th, 2018
By Owen Haacke

On July 28, the US-China Business Council (USCBC) submitted comments to the National People’s Congress concerning the third draft of the Ecommerce Law. The English and Chinese versions of the comment letter are on the USCBC website.

USCBC authored analyses of the first and second drafts of the law for members and provided comments on the first draft to the Chinese government. In successive drafts, the law’s focus on consumer data privacy, restrictions on ecommerce...

July 25th, 2018
By Anna Ashton

A California Court of Appeals decision in a recent case has potentially significant implications for US companies seeking to enforce contracts with Chinese partners that agree to jurisdiction in the California courts to resolve disputes.

US companies’ contracts with Chinese partners frequently include agreements to submit to the jurisdiction of US federal and state courts for arbitration rather than Chinese courts, and to accept notice of legal proceedings by mail...

July 25th, 2018
By Angela Deng

The Trump administration’s Section 301 case on China’s intellectual property rights (IPR) and technology transfer policies appears to be headed for additional escalation, with a second phase of tariffs expected to be implemented by early September and no indication that the two governments are seeking a negotiated solution.

Of the $50 billion worth of Chinese imports that the US government announced in June would be subject to an additional 25 percent tariff, the...

July 25th, 2018
By Owen Haacke

US companies with an “in China, for China” strategy regularly work to improve responsiveness to consumer demands in an effort to remain competitive. The pace of change is faster in China than other global markets, and constant adaptation of strategy and products can be necessary.

China market competitiveness is the top priority for many companies, and quickly developing products tailored to the China market can help firms achieve that goal. However, companies...

July 25th, 2018
By Ricky Altieri and Sun Yi

Government ministries have recently announced a series of regulations on blockchain technology, which allows for the creation of an incorruptible digital ledger of transactions accessible only by parties involved in a given transaction. Given blockchain’s growing influence and wide scope of applicability, an understanding of the emerging regulatory landscape may help companies adopt a corporate strategy to introduce blockchain technologies in China as smoothly as possible.

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July 25th, 2018
By Patrick Lozada

Despite its widespread use in China, multinational companies struggle to integrate the popular Chinese messaging service WeChat into IT solutions through approved, globally used platforms.

With more than one billion active users, the messaging platform is omnipresent in China. Developed by Chinese internet giant Tencent, WeChat is widely used for personal communications and increasingly with customers, suppliers and in intra-company communications. It allows users...

July 11th, 2018
By Wu Shan

China recently issued two revised lists of restricted sectors for foreign investment: one applying nationwide, and a second list with additional openings applying only to free trade zones (FTZs). The nationwide list was released June 28 and broadens openings in finance, transportation, commercial logistics, professional services, agricultural seeds, coal and non-metal mining, and the manufacturing of autos, ships, and aircraft. Although China’s removal of certain foreign investment...

July 11th, 2018
By Owen Haacke

As the first round of tariffs on US and Chinese goods came into effect last week, and with additional rounds due in the coming weeks and months, companies with business in China are enacting action plans to mitigate effects on their operations.

Several companies and their suppliers told the US-China Business Council’s Shanghai office that they have already seen effects from the tariffs imposed last week. Even companies that were not directly affected are seeing...

July 11th, 2018
By Patrick Lozada

China's National People's Congress (NPC) on June 29 released the third draft of the Ecommerce Law for public comment. The NPC was expected to enact the previous draft of the law, but disagreements arose about provisions that ended requirements for ecommerce sellers to register as businesses; as well as provisions that specifically included WeChat as an ecommerce platform;  and provisions that regulated the use of targeted advertising through ecommerce sales data.

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