China Market Intelligence

July 10th, 2014
USCBC Staff

A commitment to an accelerated timetable for a high-standard bilateral investment treaty (BIT)—a key objective of the US-China Business Council (USCBC)—was the primary commercial outcome of this year’s US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED). Less specific outcomes were announced on a range of issues, including efforts to restart the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) negotiations, progress on China’s domestic reforms and trade secrets protection, the exchange rate, and...

July 9th, 2014
Matthew Margulies

A recently released revised list of foreign ownership restrictions in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) offers reductions that are an incremental step forward in China’s broad economic reforms, but of little practical use to foreign companies due to the limited number and geographic scope of the openings. While changes to the “negative list” should not be dismissed as meaningless, the limited number of substantive reductions falls short of sending a strong signal to the foreign business...

July 9th, 2014
Ryan Ong

Newly released draft regulations from the State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SAIC) could limit the abilities of foreign companies to exercise intellectual property rights (IPR) in China as they do in other markets. The most recent draft of the Provisions to Prohibit Abuse of IP to Eliminate or Restrict Competition retains language from previous drafts that has been problematic for foreign companies, including provisions on essential facilities, IP and standards, and IP-related...

July 9th, 2014
USCBC Staff

China’s economic reforms have yet to tangibly impact US-China Business Council (USCBC) member company operations and are creating policy uncertainty among American executives. That was one key message USCBC President John Frisbie delivered to senior Chinese government officials during his visit to China at the end of June.

Frisbie urged Chinese government officials to reduce foreign ownership restrictions in China as a means of generating greater American company support for a US-...

July 9th, 2014
Jake Parker

Increased air pollution, deteriorating traffic conditions, and rising office rent prices are leading some US companies in China to offer more flexible working arrangements to white collar employees, according to recent interviews with more than 20 US-China Business Council (USCBC) member companies. To adapt, companies are taking a wide variety of different approaches, with the majority of companies allowing employees flexible start and finish times, allowances to work from home, or...

July 8th, 2014
Elise Pietro and Andrew Gong

Saying that China should focus on “actually opening markets,” US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew discussed China’s economic reforms, a US-China bilateral investment treaty (BIT), cybersecurity, and other issues central to US- China commercial relations at a US-China Business Council (USCBC)-hosted forum on July 1 in Washington, DC. Moderated by the Wall Street Journal’s Economics Editor Sudeep Reddy, the event highlighted the secretary’s priorities as he heads into this week’s Strategic and...

June 25th, 2014
Owen Haacke and Daniel Markus

China’s recent push to address its environmental concerns—in particular its rampant air pollution—has brought to the forefront an internal debate on how the country’s leaders will cut carbon emissions. Recent reports have indicated the likely expansion of carbon trading program in the near future, while a proposal for a carbon tax appears to have been temporarily shelved. As the Chinese government begins preparatory work for its 13th Five Year Plan (FYP), it remains unclear to what extent...

June 25th, 2014
Ryan Ong

US and Chinese officials must address operating challenges, particularly discriminatory intellectual property (IP) criteria, that US companies face in trying to qualify for high- and new-technology enterprise (HNTE) status in China, according to new US-China Business Council (USCBC) advocacy materials presented to officials and experts affiliated with the forthcoming US-China Innovation Dialogue.

One of China’s core innovation tax policies, the High and New Technology Enterprise (HNTE...

June 25th, 2014
Stephanie Henry

Amid a slowdown in China’s economy and tension between the United States and China on a variety of issues, US and Chinese negotiators are preparing for the upcoming sixth annual Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED) taking place in Beijing in early July. This year’s dialogue is likely to continue discussion on top issues, including trade secrets protection and legislation, intellectual property localization, China’s economic rebalancing, financial sector reform, the exchange rate, and...

June 25th, 2014
John Lenhart

A key figure in the enforcement of China’s Antimonopoly Law (AML) insisted that Chinese regulatory procedures and AML enforcement are “in line with international standards” during a discussion with the US-China Business Council (USCBC) in Beijing last week. USCBC met with Director General Xu Kunlin of the National Development and Reform Commission’s (NDRC) Price Supervision and Antimonopoly Bureau on June 19 to discuss NDRC pricing investigations, in particular procedural issues like legal...

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