China Market Intelligence

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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July 11th, 2018
By Ricky Altieri

China has implemented new rules setting requirements on the storage, use, and flow of scientific data. Although intended to strengthen data security and promote data sharing, the measures could affect companies’ university partnerships and R&D centers in the pharmaceutical, automotive and tech industries.

The Administrative Measures for Scientific Data Management were released by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in April, and immediately put into...

June 28th, 2018

China’s economic policymakers today released a revised list of restricted sectors for foreign investment, which incorporates liberalizations announced during recent months. The new “national negative list” includes greater openings in sectors such as finance, transportation, commercial logistics, professional services, seeds, coal and non-metal mining, and the manufacturing of autos, ships, and aircraft. China had set a deadline of issuing the new list before the end of June; today’s release...

June 28th, 2018

President Donald Trump has decided against using much-anticipated new measures to restrict Chinese access to US technology and instead will use existing tools, according to a White House announcement this morning. The US-China Business Council (USCBC) issued a statement in support of the decision, while encouraging the administration to maintain the appropriate balance between national security and economic interests and calling on the US and Chinese governments to step back from...

June 27th, 2018
By Sun Yi and Melinda Xu

The reshuffle of China’s ministries during its most recent government restructuring has brought significant changes to China’s government leadership at central and local levels. This update covers leadership changes over the past quarter and highlights those related to the restructuring.

Local governments are currently drafting restructuring proposals, which are due by September. The significant changes at the national level to the structure of agencies...

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