Legal & Regulatory

New Catalogue for the Guidance of Foreign Investment Industries released


SHANGHAI, Nov. 7 – The Ministry of Commerce and the National Development and Reform Commission jointly released the latest Catalogue for the Guidance of Foreign Investment Industries today. The catalogue, approved by the state council, will take effect on December 1 according to the NDRC’s website. The new catalogue replaces one that came into effect in 2004. While […]

Foreign-funded food enterprises in China to see more oversight


China’s foreign-funded food enterprises and branch offices – 25,570 according to the latest government figures – can expect increased oversight as Beijing moves to clean up its food safety record. China’s food safety has been the focus of intense international media attention following several cases of tainted exports earlier this year including toothpaste, dog food and […]

China’s anti-monopoly law


By Stefanie Knirsh/Dezan Shira & Associates BEIJING, Oct. 23 – Set to take effect August 1, 2008, China’s new anti-monopoly law aims to protect market competition by regulating price-fixing and other forms of collusion, and providing for investigation and prosecution of such practices. The new law, passed on August 30, 2007 by the National People’s […]

How much IPR can you rip off before you are branded a criminal?


China IPR issues unresolvable until valuations of pirated goods are agreed, while attempts to brand as “criminal” lower levels of infringement are being offset by the higher value of the pirated goods By Chris Devonshire-Ellis I’ve seen a lot of comment recently on the perennial issue of China IPR; however one detail seems to have […]

Shenzhen announces regulations on registration of processing trade enterprises


SHENZHEN, Oct. 9 – Processing factories located in South China have until October 23 to decide if they want to register with the Shenzhen or local bureau of trade and industry if they want to retain their ability to import or export restricted materials should they decide to convert themselves into a foreign invested enterprise […]

NPC: Foreign investment will not be affected by new anti-monopoly law


China will maintain its policy of encouraging foreign investment unchanged after the passing of the country’s first anti-monopoly law according to an official from the country’s top legislature. An official with the Commission for Legislative Affairs of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress said the necessary security checks on foreign investment in domestic […]

SEPA removes five more areas from blacklist


China’s environmental watchdog removed three cities and two industrial zones from its blacklist only a week after taking out five other areas. The removal of the additional cities and industrial zones leaves only one county and two industrial zones on the list: Hejin county in north China’s coal base of Shanxi province, Lanzhou High-Tech Industrial […]

Local labor rules come into conflict with new national law


By Cathy Gao/Dezan Shira & Associates SHANGHAI, Sept. 26 – Currently in China, labor contracts are regulated by the Labor law of the PRC and over 25 separate employment contract regulations by individual provinces and cities. These current regulations and rules are now being challenged by the recently passed Contract Labor, set to take effect […]

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