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Xi’s Visit to Sri Lanka Heralds a Coming Free Trade Agreement

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 02:35

An MoU on the development of a free trade agreement (FTA) and 20 other bilateral deals were all in two-days’ work for Chinese President Xi Jinping this week during the Sri Lankan leg of his South Asian tour. The FTA, projected to cover trade in goods and services, investment, and economic and technological cooperation, comes after a feasibility study was jointly completed by the two nations earlier this year, to positive results.

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Optimizing Employee Take-home Pay in China through Annual Bonuses (Part 2)

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:44

When determining bonuses, it is critical that employers pay close attention to the calculation of individual income tax (IIT), as this can considerably diminish employee take-home pay. In part two of this two-part article, we discuss how to calculate IIT for foreign employees, as well as provide tax planning advice for employers.

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Logistics in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 19:22

The benefits of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) for the logistics industry have the potential to affect all businesses that rely on moving goods to or from China. In addition to its measures for the financial industry, the FTZ is an important centerpiece in transforming Shanghai into a regional logistics hub.

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Moving Shop: Changing the Registered Address of a Business in China (Part 1)

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:21

Foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) that thrive in the world’s second largest economy are those that can stay abreast of China’s ever changing tax and regulatory environment. For the savvy business owner, this can even mean relocating to a new premises to secure long-term gains.

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China Regulatory Brief: Carbon Trading in Shenzhen and New Measures for Outbound Investment

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 00:23

In this China Regulatory Brief, we discuss the opening to foreign investors of a carbon trading platform in Shenzhen, relaxed restrictions on outbound investment from Chinese enterprises, and an MOU signed between China and the state of Texas.

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The Balanced Flavors of Success in China’s Food & Beverage Industry

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 21:04

Chinese consumers remain hungry for the perceived quality, and more importantly, safety, of imported food and beverages. But getting products onto the tables of Chinese consumers requires an understanding of China’s import regulations, corporate establishment procedure and viable marketing strategies.

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Bilateral Investment Treaties: What They Are and Why They Matter

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 20:10

The United States and China—the world’s two largest economies—agreed at the 2013 Strategic and Economic Dialogue to restart negotiations on a bilateral investment treaty (BIT). Here’s what you need to know.

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Scotland’s Lack of Foreign Investment Infrastructure With China

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 01:48

Research conducted by Dezan Shira & Associates on foreign investment between Scotland and China has revealed a paucity of related statistics, suggesting that the country is not mature enough in its institutions to go it alone when looking to attract FDI.

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Golden Years: The Coming Investment Boom in China’s Elderly Care Industry

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 01:49

It is estimated that by 2050, China's elderly population will total 400 million, accounting for one-third of the country’s total population. As a result, nursing homes are poised at the frontier of emerging investment opportunities in China.

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Optimizing Employee Take-home Pay in China through Annual Bonuses (Part 1)

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 20:51

When determining bonuses, it is critical that employers pay close attention to the calculation of individual income tax (IIT), as this can considerably diminish employee take-home pay. In this two-part article, we detail how employers can reduce the overall tax burden of their employees through carefully balancing salaries and bonuses, and thereby retain valuable talent.

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China Regulatory Brief: Tax Exemptions on New Energy Vehicles and Cross-Border Services

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 01:19

In this China Regulatory Brief, we discuss vehicle purchase tax exemptions on new energy vehicles, new VAT exemptions on cross-border services, and China's elevation of its shipping industry to a national strategic priority.

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Xi’s Visit to India & Sri Lanka Promises Infrastructure, Shipping & Tourism

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:35

India is in the spotlight following the decision to cancel the Pakistan leg of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s South Asia tour to India and Sri Lanka. In an unusual move, China postponed Xi’s visit to Pakistan, one of China’s closest allies, due to political uncertainty in Islamabad.

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Investing in China’s Financial Services Industry

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:13

For China’s domestic investors, the growing trend of outbound investment will continue to improve the country’s understanding of foreign markets and technology. But strategic product company investments remain long-term in nature and lacking in liquidity, leading to additional implications for financial markets.

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Revisiting the Shanghai Free Trade Zone: A Year of Reforms – New Issue of China Briefing Magazine

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:21

In this issue of China Briefing, we revisit the Shanghai FTZ and its preferential environment for foreign investment. In the first three articles, we highlight the many changes that have been introduced in the Zone’s first year of operations, including the 2014 Revised Negative List, as well as new measures relating to alternative dispute resolution, cash pooling, and logistics. Lastly, we include a case study of a foreign company successfully utilizing the Shanghai FTZ to access the Outbound Tourism Industry.

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Choosing Your China Legal / Tax Consultant

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:34

For all the noise of consultants all vying for your attention and hard earned cash, there is surprisingly only a small percentage of such firms who have actually gone to the trouble of investing in China and setting up their own legal entities. In this article we give pointers as to how to sift out the pretenders from the real China consultants.

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China Regulatory Brief: Hospital WFOEs Permitted, Social Insurance in Jiangsu

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 01:23

In this China Regulatory Brief, we discuss liberalization of wholly foreign-owned hospitals in China, commodities trading in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, and social insurance adjustments in Jiangsu.

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Asia’s Emerging Manufacturing Hot Spots: China Outbound

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 23:17

In this edition of China Outbound, we review the key factors fueling several Asian countries’ development as ideal locations for manufacturing operations in the coming years.

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Wuxi: The Birthplace of China’s Modern Industry

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:39

In this article, we take a look at how Wuxi is transforming itself from a textile manufacturing center into one of China's high-tech industrial hubs.

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The Past, Present and Future of VAT Reform in China

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:33

In this article, we survey the past, present and future of VAT reform for its unavoidable and thoroughgoing consequences for foreign investors with operations in China.

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Neither Down nor Out: The Diverging Competitiveness of Manufacturing in China

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 22:38

China’s manufacturing industry grew at its fastest pace in more than two years in July 2014, indicating the re-strengthening of China’s economy and its manufacturing industry in particular.

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