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

14 hours 14 min ago

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 to 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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China’s Rising Manufacturing Costs: Challenges and Opportunities

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 20:45

For some time now, rising labor costs in China have been setting off alarms among foreign investors. In this article, we look at the obstacles these rising wages pose, as well as consider the opportunities that have arisen in response.

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China Regulatory Brief: Revised Negative List for the Shanghai FTZ & IIT Collection in Beijing

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 23:35

In this China Regulatory Brief, we review the Shanghai Free Trade Zone's new negative list and highlight Beijing's reinforcement of individual income tax payments among foreigners working in the city.

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Clean Energy Investing in China

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 00:11

If China is serious about improving air quality, then coal and carbon energy will need to be replaced by renewable clean energy, namely wind, solar, hydropower, biomass, and other viable alternatives such as geothermal and ocean energy.

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Shanghai FTZ Revised Negative List Introduces Targeted FDI Reforms

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 02:03

A thorough analysis of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone's revised Negative List, as conducted by Dezan Shira & Associates, reveals cause for enthusiasm as China spearheads its next chapter of economic reform.

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China-Switzerland Free Trade Agreement Comes Into Force

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 01:10

The landmark free trade agreement between Switzerland and China came into effect this week on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, with both countries cutting import tariffs to boost bilateral trade.

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Adapting Your China WFOE to Service China’s Consumers: New Issue of China Briefing Magazine

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 23:12

In this issue of China Briefing Magazine, we look at the challenges posed to manufacturers amidst China’s rising labor costs and stricter environmental regulations. Manufacturing WFOEs should adapt by expanding their business scope to include distribution and determine suitable supply chain solutions.

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China Outbound: Regional Partnerships Promote Economic Engagement Across Asia

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:52

In this edition of China Outbound, we highlight a number of key developments related to trade treaties and regional economic cooperation agreements involving China, as well as review the impact of these initiatives on investment opportunities for China-based enterprises.

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