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Shanghai Chosen as Site of BRICS Development Bank

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SHANGHAI — Things came down to the wire in Brazil this week—not in the World Cup final but for the details of a development bank to be jointly funded by BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). In the end it was confirmed that the bank, aptly named the New Development Bank (NDB), would be headquartered in Shanghai and its initial presidency held by an Indian national. The move is widely expected to bolster Shanghai’s bid to become an international financial center by 2020.

The NDB, designed to finance infrastructure projects in BRICS and other emerging nations, will have an initial subscribed capital of US$50 billion, contributed in equal shares of US$10 billion by its 5 member states. Voting rights will be split between the five founding members and decisions made via a two-thirds majority. Although membership will be open to future additions, it is stipulated that BRICS must retain a controlling stake of at least 55 percent. Continue reading…

Qingdao’s Blue Economy: Marine Investment on the Rise

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Source: apec-china.orgQINGDAO — China’s State Council recently approved the establishment of the Qingdao West Coast New Area in eastern Shandong Province, ushering in a “bluer” economy for the city of Qingdao. The blue economy, generally defined as the sum of ocean-related industries, is widely seen as the economic future of Qingdao. As such, it presents significant opportunities for foreign investment.

China is the world’s second-largest oil consumer, behind the United States. In 2013, growth in China’s oil consumption accounted for one-third of the equivalent global figure. This latest initiative in Qingdao indicates the importance given to the development of deep-sea oil sources by the Chinese government. Despite the abundance of marine resources in the country, China’s lack of supporting technology and professional personnel have greatly impaired the development of its blue economy. Continue reading…

Pingtan Implements Pilot Foreign Investment Reforms

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SHANGHAI – On June 3, the Pingtan Comprehensive Pilot Zone (PCPZ) released the “Catalog of Simplified Approval for Foreign Investment Access to the Pingtan Comprehensive Pilot Zone (2014)” and the “Interim Measures on the Administration of Foreign-invested Enterprises (FIEs) in the Pingtan Comprehensive Pilot Zone,” which took immediate effect.

Pingtan, located in Fujian province, is situated next to Taiwan and therefore enjoys unique advantages in cross-strait exchanges and cooperation. With high-tech and modern service industries introduced from Taiwan, the PCPZ aims at further development in the wind power, sea water desalinization and tourism sectors. Continue reading…

Removal of Licensing Requirements for Foreign-Invested Advertising Agencies in the Shanghai FTZ

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By Kate Wang, Dezan Shira & Associates

On September 26, 2013, China’s State Administration of Industry and Commerce (State AIC) issued “Suggestions on Supporting the Construction of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ)” (Suggestions) which, among other things, removed certain restrictions regarding the establishment of foreign-invested advertising enterprise in the Zone as stipulated under the Administrative Regulations for Foreign-invested Advertising Enterprises (Regulations).

Under the Regulations, foreign companies in China are required to meet certain shareholder qualifications and obtain a special license to engage in advertising. This means that they have to first seek approval from the Advertising Department under the Administration of Industry Commerce and submit proof that they meet the relevant requirements. More specifically, for a foreign investor to enter into a joint venture advertising enterprise with a Chinese company, the Regulations require that the foreign investor be themselves engaged in the advertising business and have three years or more experience doing so. Continue reading…

Investment Opportunities in Ningbo, China

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Located midway along the coastal line of the Chinese mainland, Ningbo serves as the economic center for the southern Yangtze River Delta. The city covers a land area of 9.8 km2 with an urban resident population of 9.7 million. According to the 2013 Ranking of Urban Competitiveness in China by Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Ningbo ranks among the top five most competitive cities in China.

Given its geographic advantage, Ningbo is an important traffic hub and is now connected to adjacent regions with three major bridges. The city benefits from a multifaceted transportation system based on coordinated development of sea, land and air channels. Currently,Ningbo is constructing its own urban transit system, expected to cover the whole urban area.

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China Regional Focus: Suzhou, Jiangsu Province

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By Rainy Yao

Suzhou: Venice of the East

Suzhou is a major city in the southeast of Jiangsu Province, Eastern China and part of the Yangtze River Delta. Considered one of the richest major cities in China, Suzhou is known as the “Venice of the East.” In this article, Rainy Yao from Dezan Shira & Associates takes a look at this picturesque city filled with opportunities for foreign investment. Continue reading…

China Regional Focus: Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province

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By Yao Lu

Jan. 2 – Hangzhou, whose name translates to the “heaven of the earth”, is the capital of Zhejiang province. The city is located in the southern part of the Yangtze River Delta, the western end of Hangzhou Bay, the lower reaches of the Qiantang River, and the southern end of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. It is a financial center in the south wing of the Yangtze River Delta, and a traffic hub for southeast China.

Economic Overview
Over the past decade, Hangzhou has earned recognition from investors for its remarkable economic development, and the city’s economic strength continuously ranks among the top ten medium to large cities in the country.

In 2012, Hangzhou’s GDP exceeded RMB 780.4 billion and grew at an annual rate of 9 percent. Breaking Hangzhou’s growth down further, the city’s primary industry contributed RMB 25.6 billion (2.5 percent growth) and its secondary industry RMB362.7 billion (8.5 percent growth). The remaining RMB 392.1 billion came from the service sector, which grew 10.1 percent year-on-year. Continue reading…

Zhejiang Releases Measures to Ease Company Registration

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Nov. 28 – Zhejiang’s Administration of Industry and Commerce (AIC) recently announced the release of nine measures to conform with the reformatory policies on company registration outlined in the October 25 State Council Executive meeting. These measures will aim to stimulate investment in the province by modifying the government’s role in the market and lowering entry barriers and start-up costs for entrepreneurs.

A press release by the Zhejiang AIC explains that in order to be prepared for the new company registration system, a number of relevant laws and regulations must be revised. It is still unclear when the new measures will enter into force. Continue reading…

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