Legal & Regulatory

Security Checks on Foreign Staff in Beijing Increasing


BEIJING, May 15 – Checks by the Public Security Bureau on the status of foreign employees in offices in Beijing have been taking place in the lead up to the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square incident on June 4. The checks include requests to provide passport, visa and resident certificates. Such employees are recommended to […]

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Implications for U.S. Businesses in China


By Hank Bourg May 13 – The 1988 Trade Act by the Congress of the United States directed the U.S. Attorney General to provide guidance to potential exporters and small business regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, an act all U.S. businesses operating in China need to be familiar with. The FCPA prohibits […]

China Revises Market Entry Policies for Banks


May 6 – The China Banking Regulatory Commission released new market entry policies for branches of joint-stock commercial banks and urban commercial banks on April 30. The new policies, called the Opinions on the Market Entry Policies for Branches of Small and Medium-Sized Commercial Banks, include six clauses that detail how qualifying small and medium […]

New China Briefing and Technical Guide Examine Transfer Pricing in China


May 4 – The May issue of China Briefing magazine is online and available for download (complimentary subscription available). Transfer pricing is a reality for most multinational companies in China, and with the implantation of the new Enterprise Income Tax Law, the arm’s length principle for pricing group transactions is now being actively enforced. In […]

Mainland China Investments in Taiwan Now Permitted


May 1 – New laws allowing Mainland Chinese companies to invest in Taiwan came into effect today, bringing to an end 60 years of cross-straits B2B restrictions. Previously, Chinese companies wanting to invest in Taiwan had to establish Hong Kong or other entities to do so, and even this was considered not politically prudent. The […]

Foreign Businesses Permitted to List in Shanghai


SHANGHAI, Apr. 30 – China’s State Council yesterday approved plans to permit, on a trial basis, overseas companies to list on the Shanghai stock exchange. The ratification allows foreign companies to list on the exchange, to use RMB for trade settlements, and to float shares in RMB denominated bonds. The government also permitted Shanghai to […]

New Regulation on Releasing Financial Info


Apr. 30 – China’s State Council Information Office, the Ministry of Commerce, and State Administration for Industry and Commerce has announced a new regulation regarding the release of financial information in the country by foreign organizations. Effective June 1, the rule will include the approval, investment, supervision and legal responsibilities for foreign organizations in the […]

Hong Kong Announces Strict Measures Against Swine Flu


Apr. 27 – Once the epicenter of a SARS outbreak, Hong Kong,has announced that it would implement strict measures in response to the reported swine flu outbreak in Mexico and the United States. According to the U.S.’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 20 cases have been already been confirmed in New York, […]

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