US Government IP Interagency Team Briefing
The US-China Business Council and U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted a briefing with the US Government IP Interagency Team to discuss China. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), United States Trade Representative (USTR), International Trade Administration (ITA), and others discussed recent agreements made at the 2013 US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), future plans for the JCCT IPR Working Group, and other recent developments and plans to address IP concerns in China.
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On January 30, 2014, the US-China Business Council (USCBC) hosted Forecast 2014, a half day conference featuring comprehensive projections for the Chinese business and political environment in the year ahead. The annual event joined leading China business analysts and policymakers to discuss the top challenges and opportunities for China operations and bilateral relations in 2014.
Presentation topics at Forecast 2014 included:
Beijing Event: NDRC Briefing on Competition Policy
2013 saw China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) launch an unprecedented number of anti-monopoly investigations with concern being raised in the international business community regarding the scope and fairness of the investigations. Understanding the goals and implementation of China’s competition policy continues to be increasingly important for American enterprises operating in China.
Washington Briefing: Chinese Investment in the United States: CFIUS Reviews and Prospects for FDI in 2014
Chinese investment deals in the United States reached a new high in 2013 with total investment nearly doubling 2012 figures. At the same time, the US Department of the Treasury’s report on reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) indicates that Chinese investments are facing increased scrutiny.
China’s New Economic Trajectory?: A Reform Update and Forecast for China’s Economy in 2014
Optimism was high in early 2014 following a series of Chinese economic reform announcements. With the conclusion of the Central Economic Work Conference and the Third Plenum in 2013, the Chinese government set the tone for economic growth in 2014 and beyond.
Washington JCCT Debriefing with Commerce and USTR Officials
The US-China Business Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Coalition of Service Industries, and National Association of Manufacturers hosted a debriefing with Claire Reade, Assistant US Trade Representative for China, and Craig Allen, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia. Reade and Allen discussed the December 2013 session of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), including outcomes and next steps.
Washington Briefing: Cybersecurity and Commercial Espionage Issues in 2014
2013 began with a significant focus on international commercial espionage, particularly from entities within China. Since Edward Snowden’s leaks in mid-2013, however, the commercial issues seemed to have been lost in the noise as the public’s focus shifted to the US government’s surveillance activities. USCBC hosted a briefing on these issues with James A. Lewis, director and senior fellow, Strategic Technologies Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
U.S. APEC Business Coalition Briefing
The U.S. APEC Business Coalition hosted members of the US business community for a debriefing on the highlights and outcomes of the December 2013 Informal Senior Officials' Meeting (ISOM) in Beijing as well as an update on the preparatory work, including private sector initiatives, for the first Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM), which is scheduled to take place on February 15-28 in Ningbo, China.
Beijing Event: JCCT Debriefing with Officials from US Embassy
The Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), held in Beijing on December 19-20, 2013 ended a busy December in bilateral meetings and discussions between the US and China. The talks marked the first round of JCCT discussions for the three principals, USTR Michael Froman, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, and Vice Premier Wang Yang, as well as for some of their primary staff members.