All posts by Gary Li, APCO Forum

China 2017: Year in Review

2017 was Xi Jinping’s year. At the end of his first term, he swept away any opposition from within the Communist Party of China and successfully sealed his legacy by enshrining his ‘Xi Jinping thought’ into party canon. He also...

/ February 21, 2018

China Eases Foreign Investment Restrictions in Free Trade Zones

China has relaxed restrictions on foreign investment in the country’s 11 free trade zones (FTZs), per a decision released by the State Council, China’s cabinet, on January 9.

/ February 14, 2018

Withholding Tax Deferral for Foreign Investment in China

On December 21, 2017, authorities clarified the criteria for withholding tax (WHT) deferral treatment on dividends for foreign investment in encouraged sectors in China. The Notice Regarding the Provisional Deferral Treatment for Withholding Tax on Distributed Profits used for Direct...

Coworking Space Regulation Coming to China Following Beijing Reform

Coworking and incubator spaces have expanded quickly throughout major cities as China’s entrepreneurial drive accelerates. While government had been slow to regulate coworking spaces--the use of such addresses for business registration has floundered in ambiguous territory--industry observers contend that the...

/ January 24, 2018

China’s Digital Economy: The Shape of Things to Come

Recently, the city of Wuhan announced that they will be opening a police station run solely by artificial intelligence (AI) – no employees need apply. Although the station would be limited to vehicle and driver related administrative work, the government...

/ January 16, 2018

USCBC Gala 2017

USCBC Gala 2017 was held on Wednesday, December 6 at the Omni Shoreham Washington. More than 460 leaders from the business, government, diplomatic, and think tank communities were in attendance. China’s top envoy to Washington, DC, His Excellency Cui Tiankai,...

/ December 8, 2017

Shanghai CHOPS Conference 2017

On behalf of all of us at the US-China Business Council, we would like to thank our member companies for their generous support of USCBC’s Shanghai CHOPS Conference 2017, held on November 30th at the Shanghai Hilton. The Shanghai China...

/ December 7, 2017

IT Solutions: Improving Efficiency, Accuracy and Transparency in Payroll Processing in China

The digitization of business functions is not a new phenomenon, particularly in developed economies. However, the adoption of technology for HR and payroll processes in developing countries such as China is far less common. Arguably, it is in these countries...

/ November 29, 2017

Healthcare Series Part 2: New Bidding and Tendering Law Promising for Healthcare Companies, If Implemented

Chinese regulations on tendering and bidding practices published by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) in July are a promising sign for US pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers that government procurement behavior will be better regulated to guarantee consideration of quality...

/ November 22, 2017

How to Protect Your Business from Trademark Squatters in China

Trademark squatting is a form of intellectual property rights (IPR) infringement that is especially rampant in China. US firms are typically more vulnerable to trademark squatting in China because unlike the US, China follows the ‘first to file’ system rather...

/ November 17, 2017