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Australia Secures Far-reaching Benefits in Free Trade Agreement with China

Australia Secures Far-reaching Benefits in Free Trade Agreement with China

China and Australia concluded a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on November 17 in Canberra, with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott signing the official document after nearly a decade of negotiations.

Tax & Accounting

China Regulatory Brief: Guangzhou R&D Subsidies, China-Russia Agreements and Revised Dongguan Annual Inspections

China Regulatory Brief: Guangzhou R&D Subsidies, China-Russia Agreements and Revised Dongguan Annual Inspections

In this week’s China Regulatory Brief, we discuss changes to R&D investment subsidies in Guangzhou, a swath of trade and investment agreements signed between China and Russia, and Dongguan’s revised annual inspection timeframe.

Legal & Regulatory

China Regulatory Brief: Approved Investment Directory, Guangdong Collective Contracts, Interest Rate Cuts

China Regulatory Brief: Approved Investment Directory, Guangdong Collective Contracts, Interest Rate Cuts

In this week’s China Regulatory Brief, we discuss the release of the 2014 approved investment directory, changes to collective contracts in Guangdong, cuts to the benchmark interest and deposit rates by the People’s Bank of China, and the rumored expansion of resource tax reform to rare earths.

Industries

APEC Gives Thumbs Up to Future Tariff Reductions Between China & WTO on IT Products

APEC Gives Thumbs Up to Future Tariff Reductions Between China & WTO on IT Products

Arguably the biggest chunk of tangible business to come out of APEC this year has been an agreement between China and the United States – and potentially extending to the entire global structure of the WTO – to eliminate tariffs on Information Technology (IT) products, affecting a wide swath of products, from video games to medical equipment.

Human Resources & Payroll

Expecting in China: Employee Maternity Leave and Allowances

Expecting in China: Employee Maternity Leave and Allowances

Maternity leave in China can vary widely by location, especially in terms of ‘late maternity leave’ as determined by the local government. In this article, we explain maternity and paternity leave in China and detail the payment of maternity allowances.

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