Category: Politics

Competing WTO Reform Agendas and the Contest for the Next Director-General

With its credibility in question, the WTO is on the hunt for an adept and reform-minded candidate who can avoid strong opposition from both the United States and China.

/ September 22, 2020

China Eyes Further Northeast Asian Economic Integration in RCEP

When the Obama administration focused its efforts on a pivot to Asia, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) served as a key economic pillar of the strategy. The deal was poised to become the largest free trade agreement in the world, encompassing...

/ April 28, 2020

COVID-19 Could Doom or Deliver US-China Commercial Relations

Pushing pause on tariffs and proactively pursuing sourcing opportunities with China offers the United States a smoother path through this crisis and a chance at a faster recovery.

/ March 25, 2020

A Game of Chicken

The story of how US-China poultry trade went cold for nearly a decade, and why it suddenly re-opened last year.

/ March 24, 2020

China’s Participation in International Standards Setting: Benefits and Concerns for US Industry

Without continued vigilance by international standards-setting organizations, there is a potential for weaknesses common to the Chinese domestic system to leak in.

/ February 7, 2020

Addressing Risk in the Era of US-China “Great Power” Competition

Washington’s obsession with national security presents compliance and reputational risk to US companies in China, but they can protect against it.

/ January 13, 2020

Five Takeaways from China’s Fourth Plenum

While the initial readout was uncontroversial, the more detailed document released days later raises some concern about industrial policy.

/ November 7, 2019

China’s IP System was Improving Even Before the Trade War

Despite little progress on intellectual property in the trade talks and the difficulties of implementing reform, China is quietly revamping its judicial system to better protect both domestic and foreign IP.

/ November 6, 2019

The Social Credit Shadow Looming Behind the Trade War

China aimed to have its comprehensive Social Credit System ready to roll out by 2020. Just a few months from that self-imposed deadline, where does the SCS stand today?

/ October 7, 2019

Rulemaking in China: Public Participation is Taking a Leap Forward

How the Chinese government has been slowly incorporating public feedback into its largely walled-in lawmaking process.

/ September 20, 2019