China Market Intelligence

June 13th, 2018
By Patrick Lozada

Starting July 1, tariffs on 1,449 categories of imported consumer goods coming into China will be decreased from an average of 15.7 percent to 6.9 percent, an average overall decrease of 55.9 percent for a wide range of consumer products including cosmetics, sports equipment, appliances, food, and clothing. USCBC in recent years has advocated for reduced tariffs on consumer products to rebalance China’s economy toward consumption and boost export opportunities for American...

June 13th, 2018
By Ricky Altieri

In recent months regulators have announced that China will introduce punitive damages and more stringent penalties for certain intellectual property rights (IPR) violations, which would improve China’s intellectual property protection. In addition, regulators have considered making it a crime to steal certain kinds of agricultural IP and expanded the power of local government officials to perform IP-related investigations. However, the announcements lack specifics and do not mention...

June 13th, 2018
By Sun Yi & Ricky Altieri

Draft regulations related to China’s 2017 Cybersecurity Law may come into effect as soon as this month, according to US-China Business Council (USCBC) conversations with government regulators. China’s cyber authorities recently published drafts of four regulations that supplement the Cybersecurity Law, which has drawn concern from the business community because of its data localization requirements, security assessment procedures, and ambiguous scope. These drafts could affect...

June 13th, 2018
By Patrick Lozada and Owen Haacke

As tensions between the United States and China grow, US companies are exploring strategies to maintain and expand their sales to state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and government-affiliated entities.  The US-China Business Council (USCBC) conducted a survey of member companies, which resulted in a few key findings and best practices for businesses.

Sector and geographic considerations

Sector and geography are important factors that can have a...

June 13th, 2018
By Meg Kelly

Tariffs and trade deals are still uncertain, but China’s government restructuring is likely to be the most significant long-term development this year for foreign companies doing business in China, said speakers at the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) 45th Annual Membership Meeting on June 5. Members from a wide range of companies joined guest speakers to discuss changes in the Chinese business environment and the US-China commercial relationship during a pivotal time for trade...

May 30th, 2018
By Jake Laband and Anna Ashton

Although the denial order recently brought by the U.S. Department of Commerce against Chinese smartphone and telecommunications equipment giant ZTE is based on admitted wrongdoing, the discretionary action has hurt US suppliers and bolstered the claims of Chinese policy makers that China is overly reliant on foreign technology – and that a shift in political winds could disrupt important supply chains for Chinese firms if greater technological independence is not achieved.

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May 30th, 2018
By Patrick Lozada

Amid rising US-China trade tensions, American pet food brands including Petco, Wellness, and Canidae have been removed from some Chinese ecommerce platforms. And an Import Feed Registration Certificate is now required for pet food, according to an unpublished, government certified notice to ecommerce companies asking them to heighten supervision of major American-made products, specifically pet and other types of food, healthcare products, and cosmetics (see translation here)....

May 30th, 2018
By Sun Yi

China’s real estate market has long benefitted investors, with its astronomical growth rate and nonexistent property tax, but that might be changing. To rein in real estate prices and curb speculation, the National People’s Congress in March renewed discussions of property taxes.

China’s legislature has not yet put forward a detailed plan, but Vice Minister of Finance Shi Yaobin discussed several key elements at a news conference in March:

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May 29th, 2018
By USCBC Staff

Despite a statement from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin one week ago that “the trade war is on hold,” the White House today issued further threats about possible tariffs and investment restrictions against China that could go into effect this summer. The announcement appears to be the latest attempt to gain leverage in talks with China to address various trade issues.

The White House announcement reiterated a possible 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of Chinese imports...

May 21st, 2018
By USCBC Staff

The US and China over the weekend put tariffs on hold, but an agreement on broader trade tensions has not been reached and tariffs cannot be dismissed in the future, given continuing differences within the Trump administration on China trade policy.

Last week’s discussions focused primarily on reducing the US trade deficit with China, not on more structural issues such as market access barriers and level playing field concerns, or on China’s inadequate protection...

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