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License & Registration, Please: New Features of a Business License in China

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:43

In this article, we review changes made to the format of business licenses based on the amended Company Law, including the removal of paid-in capital from licenses issued on or after 1 March 2014. Making sure you can differentiate a new license from a forgery should be a basic element of due diligence in China.

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Raise or Fold: Changing the Registered Capital of a Company in China

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:29

In China, the Company Law stipulates that all enterprises must register a fixed level of operational capital with the relevant authorities. In this article, we outline the process for increasing or decreasing registered capital and review related strategies for foreign-invested enterprises.

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Alternative Investments: China’s Rich Looking to Art, Wine and Jewelry

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 20:31

As the Chinese economy undergoes reform and transition, the wealthy in China are increasingly seeking to diversify their investments, with art, wine and jewelry rising in popularity.

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China Regulatory Brief: RQFII Expansion & Bilateral Currency Swap Agreement

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 01:14

In this China Regulatory Brief, we review recent expansion of the RMB Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) program and a new bilateral currency swap agreement between China and Switzerland.

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New Provisions on EIT Liability for Foreign Transportation Service Providers Set to Come into Force

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:36

Provisions clarifying the tax liabilities in China for foreign transportation service providers doing business with Chinese charterers are due to come into effect on August 1, 2014.

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Adapting Your China-Based Manufacturer to Meet the Country’s Evolving Manufacturing Needs

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 01:41

As low-cost production moves away from China, and other Asian nations become efficient at mass manufacturing, healthy economic growth require that China create higher-skilled manufacturing jobs, become more innovative and develop high-tech production.

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Shanghai Raises the Stakes to Attract Multinational Headquarters

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30

With a recent set of provisions, Shanghai has pushed further ahead in the competition among China’s first-tier cities to attract multinational corporations to set up their regional headquarters in the city.

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McDonald’s, KFC Scandal Exposes Limits of Foreign Reputation for Food Safety in China

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 00:04

China's newest food scandal exposes the complex workings of brand reputation in China and the economic and political forces bearing upon it.

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China Regulatory Brief: Service Fee Standards Relaxed & BRICS Bank Headquartered in Shanghai

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 00:07

In this China Regulatory Brief, we review the newly relaxed service fee standards, which were implemented across 15 professional services, as well as highlight the BRICS New Development Bank, which will be located in Shanghai.

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A New Line of Work: Changing the Business Scope of a Company in China

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:33

In this article, we outline the process for changing a company's business scope in China. This process is often time consuming and complicated, but can be done efficiently with proper planning and forethought.

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Finding Your “Comfort Zone”: A Guide to Industrial Parks in the Yangtze River Delta (Part 2)

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:18

Many foreign investors have chosen to establish their businesses in the development zones of the Yangtze River Delta (YRD). In this two part article, we compare five major types of development zones in the YRD to help foreign investors find the best fit for their specific industry.

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Shanghai Chosen as Site of BRICS Development Bank

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 01:16

It was confirmed this week that the New Development Bank, to be jointly funded by BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), will be headquartered in Shanghai and its initial presidency held by an Indian national.

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What China’s Latest Anti-Corruption Campaign Means for Foreign Investment

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 22:59

It has become common practice in China that every major leadership transition be swiftly followed by an anti-corruption campaign, and the last leadership change in March 2013 has certainly proven consistent. In this article, we consider the impact and benefits of China's anti-corruption campaign on foreign investment.

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Finding Your “Comfort Zone”: A Guide to Industrial Parks in the Yangtze River Delta (Part 1)

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 22:46

Many foreign investors have chosen to establish their businesses in the development zones of the Yangtze River Delta. In this two part article, we compare five major types of development zones in the YRD to help foreign investors find the best fit for their specific industry.

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China Regulatory Brief: Electric Vehicle Tax Exemptions & VAT Rates for Cargo Industry

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 02:30

In this China Regulatory Brief, we review China's new tax exemption on the purchase of electric vehicles, as well as highlight the State Administration of Taxation's clarification on the VAT rates applicable to the cargo industry.

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Online Tax Services Launched in the Shanghai FTZ

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 22:11

China's State Administration of Taxation (SAT) has launched a number of innovative tax services in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ). In the related “Notice” issued by the SAT, the reforms are described as providing taxpayers with a simplified tax system in terms of both time and costs.

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Electric Vehicles Receive Tax Exemption in China

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 23:21

China will waive the 10 percent vehicle purchase tax for “new energy vehicles” beginning September 1, in a bid to boost demand for electric vehicles and address pollution problems.

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Jing-Jin-Ji: The Biggest City in China You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:19

On June 23, the General Administration of Customs released an announcement on integrating the customs procedures of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, marking an important milestone in the integration of the three jurisdictions into a single "megaregion" in China's northeast.

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Hong Kong and South Korea Sign Double Tax Agreement

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:28

On July 8th, Kong Kong and South Korea signed a comprehensive double taxation agreement. The agreement is expected to provide added incentives for South Korean companies to do business or invest in Hong Kong, and vice versa.

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Guanxi Writ Large: China and Germany’s “Special Relationship”

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:06

With two state visits in less than 4 months, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping are seeing a lot of each other lately. Much has been made of the "special relationship" between the two countries—but does this really hold up to the facts?

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