Legal & Regulatory

China unveils draft regulation on food safety


April 23 – China has released the latest draft of its food safety laws that will mete out penalties ranging from fines to life imprisonment for those found guilty of producing substandard food. The public is being encouraged to voice their opinion on the draft law on the NPC website until May 20. In a […]

Second Edition of Buiness Guide to Setting Up Joint Ventures Now Available


Updated edition contains new laws and regulatory issues affecting China JVs China Briefing has just published a new, updated edition of the successful “Setting Up Joint Ventures in China.” Priced at US$25 (RMB200) plus p&p, the handbook is available from or from our bookstore via credit card payment here. Details of contents are as […]

Canton Fair revises registration regulations for foreigners


GUANGZHOU, April 14 – According to the China Import and Export website, registration regulations for foreigners to attend the 103rd session of the annual Canton Fair have been revised. In order for foreigners to register, a new five step process has been implemented in the attempt to make the Canton Fair a safe trading environment […]

Multiple-entry visas for China suspended in Hong Kong


HONG KONG, April 8 – China has stopped issuing multiple-entry visas and slowed the processing time for single- and double-entry visas for foreigners in Hong Kong. Amid growing instability in Tibet and with the Olympics right around the corner, the Chinese government appears to be stepping up restrictions on foreigners entering China from Hong Kong, […]

The JV vs. WFOE debate – Choosing between the options


Regulatory environment and existing partner infrastructure key decision drivers By Chris Devonshire-Ellis Mar. 18 – Recent comments on our and various other sites recently have sparked debate about the suitability of Joint Ventures and Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises (WFOEs) as investment vehicles for foreign investors in China. While such debate has ranged from the somewhat […]

NPC: Official – China labor law criticism unfounded


Law there to protect workers from abuse, should not be seen as attempt to burden foreign investors with additional liabilities BEIJING, Mar. 11 – The Chinese Vice-Minister of Labor, Sun Baoshu stated yesterday that manufacturers were wrong to blame the new Labor Contract Law for the rising cost of production in China, and that certain […]

China joint ventures offer easier access to China markets


JVs seen as China development refinancing and cost effective investment vehicles by many multinational investors By Chris Devonshire-Ellis Mar. 10 – JVs are still a primary choice for foreign investors wishing to manufacture and sell onto the Chinese market. While recently, foreign legal media has appeared to dismiss China JVs as potential for problems and […]

Hong Kong ’08 budget proposes HK$75 billion in relief measures


HONG KONG, Feb. 27 – In his annual budget speech, Financial Secretary John Tsang announced a host of changes amounting to HK$75 billion tax reductions. While legislative amendments are required for implementing each of the relief measures proposed in the budget, the changes should provide a boost to the territory’s economy. Here’s a look at […]

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