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Latest USTR Foreign Trade Barriers Report Reiterates Prior Concerns, Identifies New Chinese Measures

Last week, the U.S. Trade Representative's Office issued its 2024 report on foreign trade barriers. The section on Chinese laws and regulations is mostly the same as the previous year, but new concerns on government procurement, labor, and export restrictions have been added.

China Eases Rules on Cross-Border Data Flows

Last Friday, China's cyber office finalized a new set of rules that would facilitate cross-border data flows and loosen the regulatory requirements for some personal data transactions, especially for smaller companies.

Beijing Criticizes U.S. Curbs on Chinese Cars

Today, China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) criticized the U.S. for creating "obstacles" for Chinese autos to enter the U.S. market, amidst new announcements from the Biden administration that target China and Chinese automobiles.

Biden Administration Issues Order on Data Security; China a Main Target

Yesterday, the Biden administration issued an executive order on "Preventing Access to Americans’ Bulk Sensitive Personal Data and United States Government-Related Data by Countries of Concern," with China as a main country of concern.

Beijing Eases Data Flows in the Greater Bay Area

Last month, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) issued a guideline on standard contracts for personal data flows in the Greater Bay area. Compared to the more general rules on cross-border data flows, the rules for the Greater Bay area alleviate the burden for business in some ways.

Data Company Passes Security Review for Exports

Chinese corporate data provider Qichacha has become the first of its kind to pass the security review by the government cyber watchdog in order to launch an overseas platform. This is the most recent sign of Beijing relaxing controls over data exports.

China's Leaders Vow More Opening Up at Import Expo

Speaking at the sixth China International Import Expo (CIIE), which kicked off yesterday, Chinese leaders made commitments on opening up, international agreements, and data flows. While there has been some movement in these areas, more needs to be done to overcome the downward trend of its trade and investment.
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