Coming to Terms with Industrial Policy

In a recent conversation with some US-China Business Council (USCBC) member companies in Shanghai, the question arose of how to identify and capitalize on business opportunities in China while meeting the challenges of serving the China market, which is so...

/ May 1, 2010

China’s Merger Review System Evolves

PRC antitrust authorities have expanded their focus from domestic operational issues to the offshore transactions of foreign companies.by Julia KongSince China’s Antimonopoly Law (AML) took effect August 1, 2008, the PRC government has increasingly asserted its authority to stop abusive...

/ May 1, 2010

Transferring Technology to Transform China—Is It Worth It?

Business opportunities and PRC government programs encourage foreign companies to transfer technology to China, but doing so may pose significant long-term risks.by Kenneth Jarrett and Amy WendholtTechnology transfer has been a focus of China’s growth plans for decades. This focus...

Flying on the Panda Express

Washington, DC, experienced a big event in February, even before the record-breaking snow storms hit—the departure of the city’s beloved panda, Tai Shan, who was born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in July 2005. Like his parents Mei Xiang and...

/ March 1, 2010

New Data Draw a Clearer Picture

New analyses of Chinese census data give businesses more information when choosing locations for their China operations.by Susan Haynie and Shuming BaoChina’s more than 1.3 billion people—nearly one-fifth of the world’s population—are a major source of potential new consumers for...

Is the Business Community Souring on China?

by John FrisbieWe have been hearing a lot lately in Washington about how the business community is “souring on China.” A closer look suggests that this characterization is exaggerated and needs a little context. By and large, companies are increasing...

/ March 1, 2010

PRC Ambassador, US Secretary of Commerce Speak at USCBC’s Forecast 2010

USCBC held its Forecast 2010 reception and conference in Washington, DC, in late January. Attended by leading US government officials, PRC government representatives, USCBC member company executives, conference speakers, and members of the think-tank and China-watching community, the evening reception...

/ March 1, 2010

China Issues New Rules Governing Representative Offices

The PRC government recently announced new rules and policy changes that affect the registration and operation of foreign representative (rep) offices in China. The new rules, issued jointly by the State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SAIC) and the Ministry...

/ March 1, 2010

Dow Chemical: Environmental Practices in China

The Dow Chemical Co. first entered China in the 1930s. To date, it has invested $900 million in Greater China, which covers mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Dow’s 2009 revenue in Greater China was $3.7 billion, and the region...

/ March 1, 2010

China’s New Tort Law: Dawn of the Product Liability Era

China’s new Tort Law expands company liabilities and adds punitive damages for unsafe and defective products.by Peter Neumann and Calvin DingThe new PRC Tort Liability Law, which finally passed in December 2009 after four revisions, covers a range of topics...