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The Long and Winding Road of IPR Protection in China

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 20:53

The tools used by China for the protection of intellectual property are the same as in most other countries, but their effectiveness has historically failed to inspire confidence among foreign investors. This is poised to change, however, in light of China’s new Trademark Law.

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China Extends Export Tax Rebate Scheme

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:54

China’s General Administration of Customs, Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Taxation jointly announced that they will be expanding the scope of the national export tax rebate pilot program to cover eight ports starting from September 1.

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The Competitive Advantages of Manufacturing in Vietnam

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 23:46

The state of manufacturing in Vietnam today so closely parallels that of China ten or more years ago—when low-wage, low-tech, low-added value manufacturing acted as a magnet for FDI into the country—that many foreign investors with existing China operations are actively inquiring about the payoffs of moving to Vietnam.

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Industry Focus: Importing Wine into China

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 22:31

Foreign wine has been pouring into China, growing sevenfold over the last six years and increasing to 19 percent of the total domestic market.

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Haikou: An Emerging Industrial City

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:17

In this article, we take a look at how Haikou is fast becoming the economic and industrial center of Hainan Island, as well as highlight several incentives available to investors looking to establish operations in the city.

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China Regulatory Brief: Paperless Clearance System Implemented & SME Tax Registration Streamlined

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 18:53

In this China Regulatory Brief, we review the new paperless clearance system adopted by the Shanghai FTZ and highlight recently implemented procedures to streamline tax filing for SMEs.

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Law Abiding Foreign Executives Can Rest Easy In China

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 02:49

In the wake of the prison sentence handed down to ChinaWhys Founder Peter Humphrey, much commentary has been alluded to that suggests that foreign executives in China are now “nervous” about working in the country. These reports are erroneous.

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China’s Domestic Consumer Market in 2020

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:27

Rising wage costs in China may be prompting companies to relocate their manufacturing operations elsewhere, but few are leaving the country entirely—opportunities for growth in the domestic consumer market are simply too lucrative to pass up.

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Chengdu Joins Shanghai & Pingtan in Adopting a Negative List for Foreign Investment

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 19:42

Three pilot areas of Chengdu — the Chengdu High-tech Industrial Development Zone, Longquanyi District and Tianfu New District — have released the details of their respective negative lists governing foreign investment into the city.

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Adapting to a New Climate of Antitrust Investigations in China

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 20:47

In this article, we survey the PRC legal framework connected with anti-monopoly investigations and review response strategies adopted by foreign firms under investigation.

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China Regulatory Brief: New Shanghai FTZ Clearance System & Negative Lists for Chengdu’s Pilot Areas

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 01:21

In this China Regulatory Brief, we review the new examination and clearance system introduced in the Shanghai FTZ, as well as highlight the negative list adopted by the Chengdu pilot areas.

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Guangdong Adjusts Base Figure for Social Insurance Contributions

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 19:41

Several major cities in Guangdong, including Shenzhen, Dongguan and Guangzhou, recently released details on their average wages in 2013, which are used as the base figures to calculate the minimum and maximum contributions to social insurance and housing funds for employees.

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Stalled China-Taiwan Trade Talks to be Resumed by End of Month

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 23:29

Despite heated dispute over the cross-strait services treaty signed in June of last year, Taiwanese officials announced on Tuesday that talks with China on further tariff reductions within the bilateral economic cooperation framework agreement would be resumed by the end of the month.

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Ceramics and Bathroom Fixtures Industry Awash in Opportunity for Investment

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 03:27

In November 2013, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued the first ever set of industrial standards for ceramics and bathroom fixtures, strongly emphasizing the role of innovative and environmentally-friendly production.

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E-Commerce in the Shanghai FTZ: Kuajingtong versus Taobao

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 01:49

Kuajingtong (aka “Buyeasi.com”) is an e-commerce platform based in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone for the online purchasing of imported goods in China. While the site's channels for direct access to Chinese consumers offer a boon to foreign investors, it has yet to attract sufficient attention to unlock its full potential, discovered a survey conducted by China Briefing.

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China Regulatory Brief: New Commercial Registration System & Cross-Border E-Commerce Regulations

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 01:41

In this China Regulatory Brief, we review Shanghai's recent reforms to its commercial registration system and highlight new cross-border e-commerce regulations issued by the General Administration of Customs.

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“Informatization” Spreads to SMEs in China

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 23:28

Investing in the internet stands to bring immense economic and productivity gains for China, and accelerate its economic restructuring towards a consumer-driven, innovation-intensive economy, according to a Mckinsey Global Institute report.

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Who’s to Blame for the Price of an Xbox in China?

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 01:11

Chinese consumers are eagerly awaiting the release of Xbox for the first time in China, but many are asking what justifies the item's exceptionally large price tag.

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China Outbound: Cost Considerations Boost ASEAN and India’s Manufacturing Advantage

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 23:46

In this edition of China Outbound, we highlight the impact of growing labor costs in China and consider the many solutions available to China-based manufacturers, including the benefits of a China +1 strategy and the implications of adapting your enterprise to meet the country’s evolving consumer market.

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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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