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News Archive – March 2010
2nd April, 2010



Indigenous Innovation Issue

The CBI has learnt that the central authorities will soon be issuing a "clarification" document in response
to the outpouring of foreign business concern over the indigenous innovation product accreditation
legislation due to be passed later this year.

Ministries responsible for passing this legislation (Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Industry and
Information Technology & Ministry of Finance) have recently met in Beijing and are eager to address any
"misunderstandings" that the foreign investment community may have on this issue.

It remains to be seen whether the approved product list will be amended or indeed new restrictions on
foreign involvement in the government procurement process be lifted.
Updated 31 March, 2010



China Foods Risk Watch - Food & Beverages

The recent news of an arrest in China in the now infamous "tainted dumpling" scandal has prompted the
CBI to share with you the latest on Product Contamination in the F&B industry.

Our grateful thanks to CBI member Control Risks for sharing their advice with our members. Please click
here to download Product Contamination and the food & beverage industry in China (PDF228 kb).
Updated 30 March, 2010



Riding the tiger - China's Business Environment

Herewith the CBI China Office's observations on China's business environment in the Year of the Tiger.

Guy Dru Drury, Chief Representative of the CBI in China, has been overseas on a UK & European visit
for the past 2 weeks. He has shared these comments with CBI members in Scotland, Manchester and
London. Please click here to download Riding the Tiger - CBI UK Visit March 2010 (PDF 543kb).
Updated 26 March, 2010



International Business - themes and timeline

The CBI would like to share with you the latest 'China Matters' publication (PDF 628kb) from Weber
Shandwick.

This is a useful overview of US-China relations, outcomes from the National People's Congress in March,
recent anti-dumping cases and a calendar of upcoming activities for business.
Updated 24 March, 2010

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CBI member news - Sheffield Forgemasters and Westinghouse deliver first nuclear component to
China

The first ever UK-manufactured component for China's nuclear power programme has started its 10,000
mile journey.

A uniquely designed cast stainless steel pump casing made by Sheffield Forgemasters has been
despatched from the 200-year-old engineering specialist's Brightside Lane site, heralding Britain's first
involvement in the Asian super-power's burgeoning nuclear power programme.

The casing, one of 18 produced for Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company on behalf of Westinghouse
Electric Company, left Sheffield Forgemasters last week and will undertake a trans-continental sea
voyage to finally dock at China's sea port of Dalian. Please click here to read more (PDF 37kb).
Updated 18 March 2010

HM Ambassador visit to Inner Mongolia in April

HM Ambassador Sebastian Wood will visit Hohhot and Ordos City in Inner Mongolia in the week
beginning 12th April. UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) would like to invite companies interested in
developing their current or future business in Inner Mongolia to apply to join the high profile calls during
this visit. Please click here to read more details.

To express an interest in joining, please get in touch with douglas.matheson@fco.gov.uk or
thomas.wei@fco.gov.uk by Friday, 26th March 2010.
Updated 18 March 2010

UK Pavilion at Shanghai EXPO 2010 - A Guide

A Guide to the UK Pavilion has now been produced and the CBI is delighted to share this with you.

                                                                    There are just 52 days to go until the
                                                                    grand opening of the World EXPO
                                                                    however there is still time for UK
                                                                    businesses to get involved. Just
                                                                    contact Rebecca Hickman via
                                                                    rebecca@ukshanghaiexpo.com
                                                                    directly or visit the News and Events
                                                                    section of the comprehensive bilingual
                                                                    Pavilion website.

                                                                    Please click here to read read the UK
                                                                    Pavilion story (PDF 1.41MB).
                                                                    Updated 10 March 2010

UK Pavilion & Shanghai Nanpu Bridge (photo source: Press & Public
 Affairs Office, British Embassy)


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Indigenous Innovation Product Accreditation - a briefing note for companies

Senior representatives from the EU & US business and diplomatic communities will meet tomorrow in
Beijing to discuss the current business environment for foreign investors and devise common strategies
to combat perceived protectionism.

CBI China office will update you with developments and is also delighted to share with its members a
comprehensive Brief of Indigenous Innovation Product Accreditation.

Of particular interest to members will be page 5, which outlines potential problems and concerns to
foreign companies and the three appendices that highlight the policy framework, product catalogues and
technological products eligible for inclusion in the new indigenous innovation catalogue.

Our grateful thanks to the US China Business Council for kindly sharing this briefing note with the CBI.
Please click here to download US-China Business Council - Indigenous Innovation Policy Brief (PDF
112kb).
Updated 5 March, 2010

Business Security Matters - Operational Tips and Solutions

CBI China office has linked up with its member Control Risks to share some practical security risks and
solutions with fellow member companies operating in China.

We hope that you find the Top Ten Tips (PDF 145kb) of use and recommend that you contact Control
Risk directly should you seek further assistance.
Updated 4 March, 2010



China Economic Focus Feb 2010

Headlines:
* Fourth quarter 2009 GDP growth figures
* Recovery in exports and imports - strong growth in China-ASEAN trade
* Debate on renminbi appreciation - latest MOFCOM comments
* Bank lending, including latest steps to restrain lending growth
* Risk (or not) of high inflation
* President Hu's latest reaffirmation of the authorities' monetary and fiscal policy stance
* Acceleration in property price rises, though signs of slowdown in some major cities
* Labour shortage increases in coastal regions
* Plans to shift from a registration to survey based measurement of unemployment
* Stock index futures expected to go live next month

Please click here to download the China Economic Focus Feb 2010 (PDF 133kb).

Information source: Peter Mumford (peter.mumford@fco.gov.uk) and Wang Yajing
(wang.yajing@fco.gov.uk) at the UK Embassy in Beijing.
Updated 3 March, 2010
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JETC 2010 - Requests for UK business market access issues

The UK-China Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETC) will meet in March/April.

The CBI invites UK member companies active in China to submit their market access issues direct to
UKTI for inclusion in the talks before 15 March 2010.

For more detailed information kindly click here to download a summary letter and short questionnaire
(PDF 44kb).
Updated 2 March, 2010



'Business versus protectionism' - a global perspective

Here are the opinions of the CBI's Beijing, Brussels and Washington DC offices on this contentious
issue.

The articles (500 words each) first appeared in the February 2010 Issue of our monthly publication
Business Voice and are reproduced for your convenience. Please click here to read the articles (PDF
134kb).
Updated 2 March, 2010




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