China Releases Access Requirements for Wine Industry

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Jun. 8 – In accordance with the “Food Safety Law of the People’s Republic of China” and other relevant regulations, the “Wine Industry Access Requirements (hereafter referred as the ‘Requirements’)” have been formulated by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and are aimed at making the following improvements to the industry:

  • Strengthening management
  • Standardizing investment behavior
  • Ensuring food safety
  • Rationalizing distribution systems
  • Promoting orderly development

Enterprises that fail to meet the standards of the Requirements will not be licensed or permitted to operate in the country. The Requirements will come into effect on July 1, 2012. Continue reading…

China Acts on Illegal Renting Out of Agricultural Land for Commercial Use

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Dec. 2 – China’s Ministry of Land and Resources issued the “Urgent Circular on Strictly Prohibiting Industrial and Commercial Enterprises from Altering Land Use Purpose without Permission for Constructing Non-agricultural Facilities on Leased Agricultural Land” on November 29, 2011.

The illegal renting out of rural agricultural land for commercial purposes has been on the rise in recent years in China – especially the renting of land to factories and companies – posing a serious threat to China’s food security. Continue reading…

Shihezi – China’s Cotton and Textiles Hub

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Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis

Oct. 12 – One of the hidden treasures of Xinjiang is Shihezi. Actually the region’s second largest city after Urumqi, this has long been a farming community and is often regarded with typical Chinese aplomb as “A Shining Pearl in the Gobi Desert.” Continue reading…

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