Category: Politics

A Short History of Trade Wars

Trade tensions between Beijing and Washington have been high lately. With the potential of a trade war looming, Sarah Pavlak takes a historical view of how these commercial spats usually pan out.

/ May 24, 2018

US and China Fire Shots in Mounting Trade Dispute

The United States and China have both fired warning shots on the growing field of bilateral trade disputes, though the most significant battle is likely still weeks away. While both sides have announced proposed tariffs on $50 billion in imports...

/ April 11, 2018

China Announces Sweeping Overhaul of Government Institutions

The government overhaul is China’s most significant institutional reform in years, with various entities either newly created, merged, restructured, or dissolved.

Will ISO Standards Transform Compliance in China?

As China pushes forward with its national anti-corruption campaign, companies are considering standards released by the International Standards Organization (ISO) to improve anti-bribery and corporate compliance programs.

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...

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

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

Is China Really Opening Its Doors to Foreign Investment?

On January 17, 2017, the State Council issued a circular on a new foreign direct investment policy to open up China’s economic system. At first glance, it would appear that this policy is a reaction to the slowdown in China’s...

/ November 8, 2017