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China Center Newsletter

Xi Jinping’s self-coronation as potential leader-for-life. US regulators’ “death penalty” sanctions against ZTE and hostility towards Huawei. And, of course, growing drumbeats of trade war between the world’s two largest economies. US–China tensions have understandably seized the headlines in 2018—but this attention may be drowning out other consequential China business developments.

While the world waits for Beijing and Washington to come to economic blows, the operating environment for foreign investors in China continues to evolve, and The Conference Board China Center continues to track these changes. China has undertaken a dramatic once-in-a-generation governmental restructuring, environmental reforms have accelerated to a level once thought unimaginable, financial “de-risking” by the central leadership has begun to bear fruit, and China’s economy continues to transition. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, the European Union is moving closer to the US position on China’s business practices, and it may not be long before European companies in China find themselves caught in the same type of crossfire as American companies currently fear.

Turn to the reports highlighted below for our latest insights into these and other key developments. if you have questions or comments—or desire a deeper dive into any of these storylines—please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at We’re always ready to set up a briefing (in-person or virtual) with your team. It’s part of your membership in The Conference Board.

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