Despite recent announcements that intended to reduce uncertainty surrounding foreign investment restrictions, doubts remain about China’s commitment to and timeline for meaningful changes to its investment regulatory regime. A January 10 State Council decision to temporarily suspend certain foreign investment restrictions in the free trade zones (FTZs) appears to be only an attempt to clarify that existing liberalizations in the FTZs supercede national restrictions in those areas.
At the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) June 15 China Operation Conference in Beijing, government officials and leading experts in business, policy, and economics shared insights on the challenges and opportunities faced by foreign companies operating in China.
US and Chinese government officials are gearing up for the eighth annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in early June in Beijing. Priority issues for negotiators regarding US industry include industrial overcapacity, investment liberalizations, intellectual property rights, and transparency.