USCBC Reports

USCBC reports take deep dives into the data and trends in a range of critical topics in the US-China relationship. Some, like our State Export Report, are annual reports, while others are topical publications. All our reports are fully available to the public!

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Members of the US-China Business Council enjoy full access to research on the Chinese trade and investment environment, as well as newsletters and analyses on political decisions that affect US business operations.


China Economic Reform Scorecard - October 2014

USCBC is rolling out a Reform Scorecard on a quarterly basis to assess the actual impact of China’s reforms on foreign company concerns. The scorecard is divided into categories based on key themes for reform, such as the role of the state and the...


Bilateral Investment Treaties: What They Are and Why They Matter

What is a bilateral investment treaty (BIT)? Why do we need them? Who benefits from them?    Understanding what BITs do and don’t do is important. The United States and China—the world’s two largest economies—are currently negotiating a BIT, making the...

Improving China’s Licensing System: Recommendations for Key Sectors 2014

US-China Business Council (USCBC) member companies have regularly highlighted administrative licensing as a primary concern for the China market. In USCBC’s 2013 member company survey, members ranked administrative licensing as their third most...

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China 2014 Regulatory Transparency Scorecard

Transparency—including solicitation of public feedback during the creation of new laws and regulations, open government decision-making, and the ability to access information—is consistently cited as a top concern for US-China Business Council (USCBC...

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USCBC Recommendations for Revisions to the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Negative List and Other Reforms

There have been a number of recent positive developments to expand market access in the zone and improve the operational environment for companies. These include the January 6 MIIT Opinions on Further Opening up Value-added Telecommunication Services...

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Licensing Challenges and Best Practices in China 2014

Licenses and approvals are essential to doing business in China, as in any other market, and present significant challenges for manufacturing and services providers operating there.

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Best Practices for Managing Compliance in China 2013

A recent US-China Business Council (USCBC) member survey on compliance best practices found that 60 percent of interviewed companies were concerned about competing with companies not following the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

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China Business Environment

Rising costs have been a concern in China for many years, but this year’s survey suggests that the increases may have outpaced company expectations of tolerable expense increases. This is the first time rising costs have ranked number one in USCBC’s...


Recommendations for Strengthening Trade Secret Protection in China 2013

According to respondents of the US-China Business Council (USCBC) 2013 member company survey, 40 percent of respondents selected trade secrets as the IP of most concern.

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Rebalancing the Economy - Practical Ways that China Can Increase Imports

The report covers five issue areas—consumer goods imports, customs procedures, meat imports, the China Compulsory Certificate (CCC) mark system, and advanced agricultural products, including genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

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