China Center Blog
China’s new pollution tax – a breath of fresh air for MNCs, but with important risks to monitor
July 04 | Anke Schrader, Senior Researcher, China Center for Economics and Business | Minji Xie, Research Analyst, China Center for Economics and Business | Comments (0)
China’s new Environmental Protection Tax Law (EPT Law) came into effect on January 1. It replaces the old Pollutant Discharge Fees System. Taxation could increase, as more headroom for localities allows to set higher tax rates. Some leveling of the playing field is possible, as non-compliance and tax evasion are addressed. Supply chain costs may be impacted.
All Signs Point to Much Stronger Environmental Protection in China
June 03 | Anke Schrader, Senior Researcher, China Center for Economics and Business | Comments (0)
Last winter’s air pollution control plan in the larger Beijing area was unprecedented both in scale and intensity. The action plan was part of a much broader, central government-led effort to tackle China’s pervasive air pollution problem and significantly ramp up environmental protection efforts in general. It is highly unlikely at this point that the government will backtrack on this issue, given the long-term economic and political ramifications of doing so.
Will China out-innovate its global competitors?
May 02 | Ataman Ozyildirim, Ph.D., Director, Business Cycles and Growth Research, The Conference Board | Xiaohui (Janet) Hao, Ph.D., Senior Economist, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
While China is poised to become an innovation challenger, will it out-innovate its global competitors? Our research finds that compared to the U.S., twice as many CEOs in China say they have an actual process in place for measuring innovation.
Planning for China-US trade tensions -- insights and resources from the Conference Board
March 27 | Ethan Cramer-Flood, Associate Director, China and Asia Programs, China Center for Economics and Business | Comments (0)
The Conference Board China Center has been tracking US-China trade relations very carefully over the past 18 months, and we recommend that our members review several key pieces that we sent out previously which anticipated the events now transpiring and outlined a range of important planning assumptions for MNCs.
An interview with David Hoffman, Managing Director of the Conference Board’s China Center
March 07 | Ethan Cramer-Flood, Associate Director, China and Asia Programs, China Center for Economics and Business | David Hoffman, Leader, China Center, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
Market shake-outs – as typical of creative destruction cycles, even those with “Chinese characteristics” – should yield better operating conditions over the longer-term, especially for competitive firms. At this critical juncture, executives need to understand the gamut of potential China exposures facing their companies – both positive and negative – so that they can position their companies to exploit associated opportunities and mitigate risks.
Two-Child Policy Won't Produce a Baby Boom
February 13 | Anke Schrader, Senior Researcher, China Center for Economics and Business | Melinda Zhang, Research Analyst, China Center for Economics and Business | Comments (0)
Despite the end of the one-child policy in 2016 and hopes of a new “baby boom,” the reality is that China’s attempt to politically reengineer its demographic outlook will require decades, not years.