Legal & Regulatory

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 […]

Guidelines Released for China’s Anti-Monopoly Law


Aug. 6 – The State Council has released the first set of specific guidelines for the new Anti-Monopoly Law which took effect August 1. The regulation requires mergers and acquisitions with a total global revenue of more than RMB10 billion or a China revenue of RMB2 billion to report to authorities. The law also covers […]

China’s Anti-Monopoly Law Takes Effect


Aug. 1 – China’s new anti-monopoly law is set to take effect today. The law hopes to protect market competition by regulating price-fixing and other forms of collusion, and providing for investigation and prosecution of such practices. The law will prohibit three kinds of monopoly acts: reaching monopolizing agreements; abusing a dominant market position; and […]

Shanghai Implements Regulations To Attract More Multinational Companies


SHANGHAI, July 30 –The municipal government of Shanghai has announced new regulations in an effort to urge more top multinational companies to establish regional headquarters in the city. The regulations will qualify a newly registered company to get funding from the Shanghai government during its start-up period and preferential rental policy. In addition, it will […]

SAFE Issues New Regulations to Further Control Foreign Exchange Movement


By Helen Liu July 25 – Due to RMB appreciation as well as the large amounts of hot money illegally flowing into China, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange has released new regulations to further control the movement of foreign exchange. The regulations, released on July 2, 2008, will seriously affect businesses cash flow in […]

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