China Market Intelligence

September 2nd, 2020
By Allie Klein

With China factoring more prominently in the 2020 presidential election, both Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump have accused the other of being too soft on China. The Democratic party platform and remarks by Biden so far indicate the former vice president would pursue a multilateral approach to China, working with like-minded partners to negotiate trade policies that are more in-line with global norms. However, Biden’s greater economic agenda—which is the cornerstone...

August 19th, 2020
By Jake Parker

Recent executive actions taken by the White House have provoked questions from US industry about their ability to continue leveraging important commercial mobile applications in the China market. On Thursday, August 6, the White House issued two executive orders (EOs) that would ban all transactions with ByteDance (the owner of TikTok ) and WeChat, two prominent Chinese mobile applications. Both orders cite national security risks posed by the collection of data on American citizens as well...

August 19th, 2020
By Hanchen Zheng and Jack Kamensky

China continues to tweak and try to improve its social credit system (SCS), despite concerns that it creates a parallel law enforcement structure distinct from existing judicial and administrative frameworks. Draft guiding opinions published in July aim to take lessons learned from current challenges with the SCS pilots and make adjustments to its implementation. 

August 19th, 2020
By Alison Schonberg

US trade with China continues to decline in 2020 due to COVID-19 impacts and remaining tariffs. So far, goods exports to China have fallen 4.6 percent and imports from China have fallen 17 percent compared to the same period last year. The US goods deficit with China has declined 21 percent, driven mostly by the drop in imports.

August 13th, 2020
By USCBC Staff

USCBC is collecting member company comments to better understand how US economic sanctions related to China and Hong Kong may impact your businesses, how you are approaching compliance, and  questions USCBC can raise on your behalf. USCBC plans to use this feedback to create a generalized, anonymized set of concerns, best practices, and questions to share with members and inform our messaging to stakeholders in the administration and on the Hill.   

August 5th, 2020
By Chynna Hawes

Economic and trade sanctions are one of the United States’ most powerful foreign policy tools. They are deployed to change the behavior of a country, entity, or individual, and to further various geopolitical and national security goals, from nonproliferation and counterterrorism to democracy and human rights. The United States uses economic sanctions more than any other country, and because of the strength and centrality of the US dollar and financial system in global transactions, those...

August 5th, 2020
By Alison Schonberg and Melinda Xu

On July 8, the State Council issued the Legislative Work Plan for 2020, an annual document that acts as a blueprint for amending or creating new laws and regulations over the rest of the year. The 2020 plan indicates that China will deliberate over 40 laws and administrative regulations, a historically high number, many of which touch on issues important for US companies doing business in China.

August 5th, 2020
By Pearson Goodman

Commitments to improve the protection of intellectual property (IP) rights comprised a large portion of the Phase One trade deal signed by the United States and China in January. China has been implementing its IP commitments mainly through revising existing laws as well as issuing judicial interpretations (JIs) and guiding opinions by China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC). While China is on track to carry out it’s IP Action Plan released in April, legal reform is a slow process. As these...

July 22nd, 2020
By Matt Margulies

Prior to landing in newly COVID-secured China, travelers will fill out a WeChat health questionnaire to obtain a Health Declaration QR code. Upon de-planing, travelers will line up for entry into the administrative processes for COVID-19 testing and entry into quarantine. The process will move travelers through various stations across the airport to obtain background travel history, health information, and China contact information, all to be captured in various QR codes.

July 22nd, 2020
By Allie Klein

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), annual must-pass legislation appropriating funds for US defense and national security purposes, has become a vehicle to push through China-related policy priorities in recent years. For example, the 2018 NDAA included provisions barring the use of federal funds to purchase Chinese telecommunications equipment, and the 2020 NDAA included provisions to prevent federal grants from going toward trains made by state-owned or controlled companies,...

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