China Market Intelligence

January 2nd, 2019
By Melinda Xu and Sun Yi
By mid-November, all Chinese provinces and municipalities’ government restructuring plans were approved by the central government, resulting in many new leadership appointments at the local level. Several provinces and municipalities have had changes to their senior leadership, including Beijing, Tianjin, Hainan, Hubei, Guangdong, Chongqing, Fujian, and Jiangxi. A significant number were transferred between regional governments. Newly-appointed officials will play roles in the commercial...
January 2nd, 2019
By Angela Deng

Restrictions on incoming foreign investments in, and exports of, US critical technologies will impact almost every type of business relationship, requiring in-depth export-controls analyses by US businesses.

The burdens of compliance with these regulatory changes will fall heavily on US startups that have been the target of Chinese investments and acquisitions, but have not previously been subject to investment reviews.

While investment...

January 2nd, 2019
By Jack Kamensky

Rather than new reforms, China’s economic priorities for 2019 include familiar promises of market opening, a fairer business environment, and market-oriented reform, while restating industrial policy plans and strengthening state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

As China attempts to address areas of concern in its economy, somewhat contradictory policy signals have emerged which may create challenges in implementation.

Last month, China’s top leaders...

January 2nd, 2019
By Yan Yu and Chynna Hawes

The revised draft Foreign Investment Law includes stronger language on intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and forced tech-transfer, potentially addressing key US concerns ahead of January trade talks.

Despite progress on some fronts, several concerns raised about previous draft versions remain unaddressed, including language that opens foreign companies to discriminatory treatment and the lack of an appeals process for national security review....

December 12th, 2018
By Ricky Altieri

China will implement an intellectual property court of appeals on January 1.

Decisions appealed to IP courts are currently heard by courts who do not specialize in IP.

The move is expected to provide better judgments and increase efficiency in IP cases.

China’s new Intellectual Property (IP) Court will bring much needed subject matter expertise to adjudicate technical IP cases between foreign and domestic companies when it...

December 12th, 2018
By Chynna Hawes

Following Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping’s meeting at the G20, China’s government appeared to address key US concerns around intellectual property rights (IPR) in several announcements.

An agreement among 38 government bodies creates a mechanism to strengthen cooperation on IPR protection, reiterating commitment to previous policies but offering no new regulation.

Timing is a significant indication China is eager to create a positive...

December 12th, 2018
By Vivian Zhu

At the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) 45th Anniversary Gala on December 5, Ambassador Carla A. Hills, the 2018 honoree, received a standing ovation in recognition of her enduring contributions to bilateral and multilateral trade and investment agreements, which have facilitated and expanded regional and global trade for decades.

USCBC Chair Evan Greenberg recognized Hills as one of the country's leading foreign policy experts for her service in two...

December 4th, 2018
By USCBC Staff

After a meeting between Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump after the G20 summit in Buenos Aires this weekend, the United States and China announced a temporary ceasefire on tariff increases and agreed to further talks on trade issues. The two governments have characterized the outcomes of the discussions differently, however, and the agenda of the negotiations, which the United States said will last for 90 days, are unclear.

The press statements differed on the conditions attached...

November 28th, 2018
By Lipei Zhang and Angela Deng

Allianz, a German insurance company, received the approval from CBIRC to set up a wholly foreign-owned holding company. While the holding company will help Allianz consolidate its insurance businesses in China, no details have been mentioned about how the holding company will adjust Allianz’s equity shares in its joint ventures.

If Allianz seeks to increase its life insurance JV ownership stake and receives approval, it may be an indication that China is...

November 28th, 2018
By Anna Ashton

Various efforts are underway to preserve the WTO by reforming it, but none yet have backing from both China and the United States, the two parties whose support is most critical if reforms are to move forward.

With concerns about the unexpected challenges that China’s membership has created, implications of US tariffs levied on national security grounds, and President Donald Trump suggesting he would consider pulling the United States out of the WTO, there is ...

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