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In Government Relations, we strive to increase communication and mutual understanding between American businesses and both Chinese and American governments. Economic prosperity and policy reform should go hand in hand, and we are here to keep you most informed on the current environment. Through our publications, dialogues, and events catered towards your interests, we provide you with avenues to succeed in China's ever-changing business environment.


Joint Submission of Comments on Drug Registration Regulations

On August 26, Amcham Shanghai, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AmCham China, AmCham South China jointly submitted comments on the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA)’s draft amendments to the Drug Registration Regulations (July 25, 2016) (the Draft Regulations). The comments highlight the concerns of the business community we represent, particularly about the apparent removal of provisions on patent enforcement and regulatory data protection (RDP). We also submitted the recommendations on how CFDA may establish an effective patent enforcement system and provide sufficient data exclusivity. Read more.

Joint Submission of Comments on Consumer Rights Law

On September 5, AmCham Shanghai, AmCham China, AmCham South China, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce jointly submitted comments on the State Administration for Industry and Commerce’s Regulations on the Implementation of the Law of the PRC on the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Consumers. New requirements emphasize the strengthening of the protection of consumers’ personal information. This Draft Implementation Regulations will directly impact business operators that provide goods and services to consumers. Read more.

U.S. Government Provides Update on JCCT

On July 20, AmCham Shanghai hosted a briefing session on the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), an annual bilateral dialogue between the U.S. and China. U.S. Embassy Beijing Commercial Officer Brett Gerson and Department of Commerce International Trade Specialist Jing Liu provided an overview of recent JCCT working group meetings and developments. Read more.

Cybersecurity Law Calls for Comments

The National People's Congress (NPC) released a second draft revision of the Cybersecurity Law (Chinese only) on July 5 and is accepting public comments on the draft through August 4, 2016. AmCham Shanghai is working with AmCham China and the U.S. Chamber to provide the NPC with a joint submission. Our Chambers submitted a joint comment to the first draft of the law in July 2015. Read more.

China's 13th Five Year Plan Series: Opportunities and Challenges for American Business
On April 6, AmCham Shanghai and the US-China Business Council (USCBC) co-hosted the first in a series of events that will examine the role and impact of China’s recently announced 13th Five Year Plan (FYP). The event included a presentation by David Frey, Partner for Markets Strategy at KPMG China, followed by a panel discussion with Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran, Senior Correspondent for the Economist, Eric Zwisler, Chairman of Cardinal Health China, and Dr. Kevin Mo, Managing Director for the Paulson Institute’s Representative Office. Read more.

MIIT Draft Law on Internet Domain Registration
On March 25, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) posted a draft law that could significantly increase regulation around Internet domain registrations and Internet access in China. Media reports and analysts say the full impact of this draft law is unclear. Some speculate that this new legislation will wall China off from the rest of the Internet while others believe it will simply enforce tighter registration requirements for domestic domains. Read more.

Administrative Provisions on Online Publishing Service
On February 14, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released the Administrative Provisions on Online Publishing Services which takes effect on March 10. The regulation clarifies the review process for companies to publish content online, including online games, online texts, pictures, and movies. The full Chinese text of the regulation can be found
here. The regulation is a re-iteration and consolidation of past regulations on online publishing. However, its release at a time when the Chinese government has increased censorship and called for stronger media support of Central government policies may signal that the government will more actively enforce some of the more worrisome parts of the law. Read More

State Council Opinion No. 44: Healthcare Reform Ramps Up
A promising healthcare initiative is the State Council’s The Opinions on Reforming Review and Approval Process for Drugs and Medical Devices (State Council Opinion No. 44) released on August 18, 2015. The opinion aims to improve the efficiency and transparency of China’s drug and medical devices review and approval system. It also calls on the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) to clear up its backlog of drug applications by 2016. In addition, it aims to improve the quality of generic drugs and encourages the development of innovative drugs.
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Shanghai Free Trade Zone: Financial Reform 40
On October 29, 2015, the People's Bank of China and six Chinese ministries jointly issued a statement that outlined a 40-point plan for the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. The plan outlines further steps to improve capital account convertibility, expand RMB cross-border usage, and further opening up of China's financial markets.
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Agriculture & Food
Since China’s accession into the WTO in 2001, U.S. agricultural exports to the country have grown rapidly, and today China has become its fastest-growing and largest international market. A growing urban middle class, with its higher disposable income and appetite for high-quality foods, has contributed to an expansion in the food trade, and China’s growing population, combined with limited water and shrinking arable lands, has also made the country’s capacity to meet agricultural demands increasingly difficult.
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Financial Services
China has long held ambitions for Shanghai to be a global financial center by 2020. Yet by most measures the city has a long way to go. Lack of transparency, weak rule of law and frequent government intervention in the stock market, all indicate that China’s financial sector is far from mature. To expand in China, foreign financial service companies must navigate a complicated regulatory environment.
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Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
Over the past two years, the Chinese government has introduced a number of regulations emphasizing national security, and potentially hampering the ability of foreign ICT businesses to operate in China. This industry update introduces the key policies and regulations impacting the ICT industry in China.
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Shanghai Appoints New Vice Mayor

On May 27, Mr. Chen Yin, was appointed as one of the eight Vice Mayors of Shanghai. He is responsible for overseeing the Foreign Affairs Office (FAO), the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Shanghai Administration of Industry and Commerce (AIC) and the Shanghai branch of the China Inspection and Quarantine Services (CIQ). Yang Xiong continues to serve as the Mayor of Shanghai and Tu Shaoguang is the Executive Vice Mayor. Chen filled the vacancy left by Ai Baojun who was removed and was under investigation by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI). Read more.

Shanghai Releases Revised Environmental Protection Regulations for Comment

The Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress released the revised Shanghai Environmental Protection Regulations for public comment on April 21. Comments are due to the Shanghai Government on May 21, 2016. Key takeaways from the Revised Draft and comment submission details can be found from here.

Call for Comments on BIT Negative List and Anti-Unfair Competition Law

As a part of our advocacy efforts, AmCham Shanghai provides input to both the Chinese and U.S. governments on important policy issues. We do so on an ongoing basis throughout the year and welcome your input on key regulations and negotiations. This message highlights two opportunities for members to make comments and suggestions on advocacy issues:  (1) the U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) negotiations and (2) China’s draft amendments to the Anti-Unfair Competition Law.  More details follow below.  Please note the March 11 and March 15 deadlines. For more information on these issues or AmCham Shanghai’s advocacy efforts, please contact GR Director Titi Baccam at Read More

Chinese views on the TPP
Key stakeholders in China have adapted a more positive view of TPP since the conclusion of an agreement among the 12 negotiating parties. The Chinese government’s stance on the TPP has moderated from fears that the treaty would be used to contain China into downplaying the agreement’s importance. Academics, especially those based in Shanghai, have an even more positive view of TPP, seeing it as a potential source of external pressure on China to accelerate economic reforms.
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 AmCham Shanghai GR Staff


Veomayoury Baccam

Trevor Clark                                              Senior Manager

Vivie Zhang
Senior Associate

Elyssa Gao

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AmCham Shanghai, USCBC Respond to Shanghai Environmental Protection Regulations



 Meetings with Government


Shanghai Customs Policy Briefing on the New Audit Regulations with AmCham Shanghai Members

Shanghai Customs Policy Briefing on the New Clearance Integration Reform

AmCham Shanghai Members Discuss Pricing Reforms with Zhejiang Provincial Healthcare Officials

Pudong Government Seminar on FTZ Development

CPPCC Shanghai Calls on AmCham Shanghai for Opinions on Reform and Opening up

AmCham Shanghai Calls on Shanghai Customs Director General

May 24 CIQ Briefing on Cosmetics Inspection

Shanghai FTZ Policy Updates with AmCham Members

AmCham Member Discuss China's Investment Climate with CCPIT and MOFCOM

AmCham Shanghai Calls on Jiangsu Provincial Government Leaders

SCOFCOM DDG Gu Jun Meeting With AmCham Members

Meeting with Shanghai Administration of Industry and Commerce

Ex-Im Bank Briefing by Richard Pearson

SCOFCOM Calls for Comments on Headquarter Policy

CIQ Briefing on Inspection of Dangerous Goods

SCOFCOM Director General visits AmCham Shanghai

NDRC Briefing on Central Economic Work Conference  

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