Legal & Regulatory

China Bans Coal-to-Oil Projects


Sept. 11- China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has released a notice on its website immediately banning converting coal to liquid fuels (CTL) projects except those by Shenhua, the country’s largest coal producer and a joint venture between Shenhua and South Africa’s Sasol. As far back as 2006, the agency had already issued a […]

China Issues New Regulation to Restrict Land Development


Sept. 10 – Beginning this month, a new regulation will require developers to reclaim land from the local arable land reserve or pay local land authorities for the amount of land they reclaim. It will also allow reclaimed land to be primarily reserved for farmers. The regulation calls for local governments to expand their land […]

The Basics of Arbitration in China


Sept. 3 – Arbitration on contracts involving a Chinese party is a concern for international counsel and overseas-based lawyers. Chinese parties will usually insist upon the clause in contracts, which can be a good thing, as no one wants to see disputes end up in courts if there is another way to resolve matters. Moreover, […]

Latest Draft of Representative Office Amendments Now Online


Sept. 2 – The State Council’s Office of Legislative Affairs has released the latest draft of administrative measures for representative offices in China. The measures are posted in Chinese on their web site found here. The public is invited to comment on the proposed amendments until September 25, either through the web site or by […]

New Regulations for Foreign Drivers in China


Sept. 1 – The Ministry of Public Security will implement new regulations beginning January 1, 2009 allowing foreign drivers to be under the same jurisdiction as local Chinese drivers. This means that local police will have the right to detain and incarcerate foreigners suspected of being responsible for road accidents until their cases are closed. […]

China’s Immigration Administration Out of Whack with International Norms


Dialogue with other governments’ admin procedures urgently needed By Chris Devonshire-Ellis Aug. 29 – With the recent problems over the issuance of visas to China both before and now following the Olympics, it has become increasingly apparent that China’s national administration infrastructure is both subject to regional interpretations and a lack of international dialogue over […]

Criminal Record Certificates to be Required for China Work Visas


Aug. 28 – Public Security Bureau sources close to Dezan Shira & Associates have indicated that additional requirements for the issuing of working visas in China have been put in place. These could include a certification of “no criminal record” to be issued by immigration agencies of foreign governments, on which an official statement must […]

China Briefing’s New Intellectual Property Rights Guide Published


Aug. 15 – Our new Technical Guide to China IPR has just been published and is available now, priced US$25 plus p&p from or via our online bookstore. The book, the seventh and latest addition to our expanding and highly popular series on China legal and tax matters, was produced in association with Austria […]

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