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  • China Eases Currency Controls, Allowing Free Exchange of Foreign Currency Capital

    China became the world top destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2014 and is moving toward a more open foreign exchange market. Foreign companies will be allowed to convert their foreign exchange capital into RMB from designated banks in unlimited amounts starting June 1.
  • The New Free Trade Zones Explained, Part I: Guangdong

    China released the much-anticipated policy framework for the three new FTZs. In Part 1 of this article, we provide detailed information of the general plan of the Guangdong Free Trade Zone and discuss the lifted restrictions on foreign investment across a wide array of sectors such as tourism and financial in...
  • Social Security in China: What a Foreign Company Needs to Know

    In China, it is now up to companies (including foreign companies) to contribute to an employee’s social welfare. In this article, we highlight what a firm's obligations are and discuss how the system differs between Shanghai and Beijing.
  • What the China GDP Figure Isn't Telling You

    China became the world's top destination for FDI in 2014, surpassing the United States, but its economic growth slowed to 7.4 percent. In this article, we analyze the reasons for slower growth and explore the market potential during China's industrial transformation period.
  • China's AIIB - The Facts To Know

    The deadline has passed to become a founding member of the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, China's answer to the World Bank. Most Asian countries are on board, as well as Australia and the key Western European nations. The New Silk Road is taking a tangible form.

Economy & Trade

China Announces Duty-Free Trade Status To All Least Developed Countries

China Announces Duty-Free Trade Status To All Least Developed Countries

Xi Jinping recently suggested that China might sign a Free Trade Agreement with the world’s least developed countries. With ASEAN member states already covered under the existing agreement, the new plan would mainly target African nations.

Tax & Accounting

In Curbing Transfer Pricing, China Moves Beyond OECD Guidelines

In Curbing Transfer Pricing, China Moves Beyond OECD Guidelines

The recent clarification by China’s tax authorities to require overseas affiliates to perform substantial business activities all but shuts the door on the practice of funneling profits to low-tax jurisdictions. In this, China is taking a tougher stance than even the OECD.

Legal & Regulatory

China Regulatory Brief: Record Filing Procedures in FTZs, Bank Card Clearing Market Liberalization

China Regulatory Brief: Record Filing Procedures in FTZs, Bank Card Clearing Market Liberalization

In this week’s China Regulatory Brief, we discuss record-filing procedures for foreign investment in the Free Trade Zones, liberalized bank card clearing market, simplified company name registration procedures in Shenzhen city and the new IP circuit court in the Guangdong FTZ.

Industries

The Automation of China’s Labor Force

The Automation of China’s Labor Force

While the use of robotics in China is not as widespread as in more developed countries, China is quickly picking up. With labor costs rising, replacing humans with robots is becoming an increasingly sensible proposal, especially for repetitive or precise tasks.

Human Resources & Payroll

Warming up to the Job: Employee Probation in China

Warming up to the Job: Employee Probation in China

In this article, we go into the probation period in Chinese labor contracts. A feature that is somewhat unfamiliar to foreign investors, the probation period lets an employer pay a new employee a lower salary, and allows for a lower bar to dismissal.

Marketing & Digital Media

China Business Blogs 2015 – The Rankings

China Business Blogs 2015 – The Rankings

The Chinese English language blog community has always been competitive, and has accordingly alternated between intelligence dissemination and occasional name-calling. Hopefully, the days of the latter are a long way behind as contributors recognize that an increasing trend of specialization is becoming key.

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