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Promises Made, Promises Kept? Measuring China’s Reform Initiatives

Senior Chinese leaders have repeatedly insisted China is improving market access and the investment environment, improving the protection of intellectual property, and ensuring equal treatment of foreign and domestic companies in China. “China’s door of opening-up will not be closed and will only open even wider!” exclaimed President Xi Jinping at the 2018 Bo’ao Forum.

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US, China Announce Initial Progress in Trade Negotiations

The Trump administration announced early this morning that it had reached agreement with the Chinese government on resolving several irritants in the US-China commercial relationship. The outcomes were reached roughly a third of the way into the 100-day period designated by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in their summit last month to bring greater balance in the commercial relationship.

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China BIT Negative List Offer: Missing in Action

During President Xi Jinping’s recent Washington visit, China missed its self-imposed deadline to provide a revised offer for the US-China bilateral investment treaty (BIT) negotiations and has not set a new target date to do so. The next inflection point on the calendar is the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, which will likely take place in June.

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Does the New Market Access Negative List System Indicate Opening Up?

China has announced further details about plans to gradually decrease government control over investment decisions. The Opinions on Implementing the Market Access Negative List System, a document released by the State Council on October 19, 2015, offer a firmer roadmap towards adopting a “negative list” approach in China, which would allow foreign investment in all fields except those expressly restricted.

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