Category: Operations

Company operations of businesses with offices in China

China’s Labor Market: Gaining Insights into HR Trends

China’s labor market changed in 2016. Despite job demand cooling in the beginning of the year, China’s job market has been steadily growing since the second quarter. Average monthly salaries have also increased, particularly in tier-one cities.

/ February 15, 2017

Traditional Investigation Approaches Can Lead to Sinkhole

Poorly executed investigations in China fail to contain potential compliance, regulatory and business continuity problems, and can often increase the risk of scrutiny from government investigators, disrupt supply or distribution chains, and disgruntle employees.

/ February 8, 2017

Energy Transition Increases Need for US Technology

China’s energy planners seek to increase production, distribution, and consumption of renewable energy as a means to diversify energy supply. However, as China attempts to transition from coal to other energy sources, it struggles to utilize existing renewable capacity. This...

/ February 6, 2017

How Can Individuals, Companies be Limited by  Bad Social Credit in China?

A new government system that evaluates and tracks “untrustworthy” individuals and companies could limit eligibility for financing, employment, and Party membership, as well restrict real estate transactions and travel. The Chinese government intends to fully implement this nationwide social credit...

/ February 3, 2017

Disability Employment Security Changes Could Be Costly

Companies operating in some of China’s major cities are facing significant cost increases following a change to employment social security fund payment calculations. Although announced by the central government, provincial governments are implementing the new calculation in different ways—if at...

/ February 1, 2017

Chinese Companies Encouraged to Purchase Foreign Products

The newly released Catalog of Encouraged Imported Technology and Products identifies key technologies and products that Chinese companies are encouraged to buy from abroad, potentially positive news for US companies looking to expand sales in China.

/ January 30, 2017

USCBC’s Forecast 2017

On January 25, 2017, the US-China Business Council hosted Forecast 2017, a half-day program featuring comprehensive projections for the Chinese business and political environment in the year ahead. This annual event joined leading China business analysts and policymakers to discuss...

/ January 26, 2017

Minimum Wage Rises in the Cities, Stalls in the Provinces

Minimum wages in China’s major cities rose in 2016, signaling the continued development of an emerging consumer class as much as increasing pressure on company labor costs. But the increases also point to an increasing divide, as wage growth stagnates...

/ January 25, 2017

Ghosts in the Machine

Artificial Intelligence, Risks, and Regulation in the Financial Market

/ January 23, 2017

Breaking Ground: Chinese Investment in US Real Estate

Chinese direct investment in US real estate,negligible until 2010, has grown dramatically and visibly. In 2015, China ranked third in US commercial real estate acquisition volume, trailing only Canada and Singapore, and tied with Norway.

/ January 11, 2017