President’s Message

President’s Forward: the European Chamber on China Manufacturing 2025

Xi Jinping promised the World Economic Forum in January that China would resist the global trend toward protectionism and champion economic globalisation . While the Chinese president’s message was welcome, the reality is that Beijing has doubled down on industrial policy that might damage its own…

Cybersecurity’s Impact on European (and Chinese) Business

On 7th November, 2016, the Chinese authorities passed a new Cybersecurity Law that will have significant ramifications for the operations of European businesses

SMEs in China: New Opportunities and Old Challenges

The European Chamber has long advocated for the interests of European SMEs in China. In the EU they are important sources of employment – over the past five years, SMEs have created around 85 per cent of new jobs and provided two-thirds of total private…

HR (really) matters

With China facing economic headwinds that are unlikely to dissipate any time soon, 2016 has seen the growth rate of domestic investment by private Chinese enterprises decelerate rapidly. As a result of both market forces and ongoing restrictions, EU investment into China is also roughly…

China Can’t Afford To Delay Reforms

Hopes that China will follow through on plans for urgently needed economic reforms are receding.

More Consumers, More Choices and More Opportunities

The European Chamber has followed with great interest two recent legal developments that can positively impact consumer rights in China: the Consumer Safety Law and the new Food Safety Law. Updated in 2013, the former includes stronger rights for consumers to return faulty products and…

Does Made in China 2025 Mean Not Made by Europeans?

The Chinese Government understands that in order to ensure continued economic growth and raise living standards its economy must ascend the value chain, so it came as no surprise when the State Council announced the Made in China 2025 initiative (2025 initiative) during the first…

COP21 Commitments and Coal-Fired Capacity

The good news from last year’s COP21 meetings in Paris was a breath of fresh air. It was darkly ironic, though, that while President Xi Jinping delivered his visionary speech about what needs to be done, Beijing choked under a cloud of pollution. In contrast…

The Two Negatives Aren’t a Positive

As China’s economy continues to slow, European businesses operating there are increasingly asking a question that you might not expect of a country that’s clearly in need of further high value-added investment: how welcome are we here? On 1st December, this conundrum was brought into…

FIGHTING FOR YOUR RIGHTS

Just a month after the launch of our European Business in China Position Paper 2015/2016, a number of new reform statements were released by the Chinese leadership.