Category: Politics

Turning the Tables: The United States, China, and the WTO National Security Exception

As the world’s two largest economies continue to escalate their ongoing trade dispute and justify their protectionist policies under the guise of national security measures, there is little to stop the rest of the world following suit.

/ August 16, 2019

Companies in the Crosshairs? China to Enact its own Export Controls

This summer, China announced its intention to develop two of its own export controls lists, potentially in response to actions taken by the United States. Details pending, these moves could have a profound impact on foreign investment in China.

/ August 7, 2019

Navigating the Aftermath of the Jiangsu Chemical Plant Explosion, Four Months on

A March 2019 explosion at a chemical plant in China’s Jiangsu province has refocused public attention on environmental issues across the country. The latest in a series of incidents, the blast is now forcing China to carry out a difficult...

/ July 16, 2019

Open Government Developments in China: Implications for US Businesses

The People’s Republic of China continues to modernize the Chinese regulatory state through its open government project, even as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) asserts comprehensive leadership and tightens political and social controls under General Secretary Xi Jinping.

/ July 1, 2019

The New Rules of Tax Residency: A Potential Trap for Foreigners?

US and other foreign businesses now face higher income taxes in mainland China following new rules issued in March by China’s tax administration. The new law and implementing rules impose tax filing obligations on the worldwide income of foreigners (which...

/ May 15, 2019

$9 Billion and Counting

A $9 billion decline in goods exports to China in a year may seem like just a number, but that total is comprised of small companies across the United States struggling to make difficult decisions in the face of tariffs.

Defining “Emerging Technologies”: Industry Weighs In on Potential New Export Controls

What exactly would qualify as “emerging technologies,” and how would the United States go about placing export controls on them? Feedback from industry and other stakeholders continues to inform this rulemaking process.

Belt and Road in 2019: Recalibration or Retrenchment?

Despite stressors, the most likely course for the Belt and Road this year seems to be one of recalibration. Economic growth in China is not the only engine driving expenditures on the Belt and Road; the program’s political support and...

/ April 1, 2019

Will China Fold on Structural Issues? An Algorithm says not any Time Soon.

Want to predict China’s policy changes? A new machine learning algorithm, called the Policy Change Index (PCI) for China, looks at the state-run paper People's Daily and is a leading indicator of China’s policy shifts from 1951 to the most...

The Handshake that Changed the World

Forty-seven years ago today, Nixon grasped the hand of Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai, an image that represented a sea change in foreign relations for the two countries. Lesser known, however, is the story of how those images were captured and...

/ February 21, 2019