Month: October 2016

Don’t Forget the Staff Handbook

Many employers in China are overlooking the importance of a staff handbook and instead are relying on an employment contracts, which often don’t include some key provisions. While an employment contract details important terms such as working hours, salary, main...

/ October 31, 2016

Foreign Investment Reform Brings No New Openings

In a public setback for China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), a touted foreign investment reform reflects the continued use of the National Development and Reform Commission’s (NDRC) approach to managing inbound foreign investment and fails to include even the limited...

/ October 28, 2016

City Spotlight: Investing in Hangzhou

Traditionally overshadowed by metropolises such as Shanghai and Beijing, Zhejiang Province’s capital city of Hangzhou found itself in the global spotlight during the G20 Summit. To beautify the city and ease congestion for its international guests, the government shut down...

/ October 26, 2016

2 WTO Complaints, 11 Raw Materials, and 1 Approaching Deadline

The European Union and the United States in July filed with the World Trade Organization (WTO) new disputes against China regarding its raw materials export duties. Both complaints claim China export duties unfairly favor Chinese industry, which is against the...

/ October 24, 2016

VIDEO: The Role of NGOs in Cultural Heritage Conservation

Heritage preservation has long been associated with the conservation of grand monuments driven by the state, but Kuanghan Li, director of Global Heritage Fund's China Program, explains to Asia Society that NGOs could play the role of instigator and facilitator...

/ October 21, 2016

Winning the War for Talent in China’s “New Normal”

China’s economy is changing rapidly thanks to the growing purchasing power of the expanding middle class and the digital disruption of multiple sectors. It is little wonder that competition for top Chinese talent—especially in fast-growing China-based companies—is becoming ever more...

/ October 19, 2016

China’s New Advertising Law: Key Considerations and Implications for Online Advertisers

The Chinese government is increasing the levels of regulation for advertising, and lately its attention has turned to online advertising. Following in the footsteps of the amended 2015 Advertising Law, the State Administration of Industry and Commerce’s (SAIC) Interim Measures...

/ October 17, 2016

China’s New National Fitness Plan and Emerging Opportunities in the Sports Industry

The 2016-2020 National Fitness Plan creates great potential for foreign investment. This is particularly true with football, where foreign input is highly valued in China. However, sport is only one side of the coin: fitness also provides a large opportunity....

/ October 14, 2016

China’s Ambition for More Private-Public Partnerships

Last month, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) released the list for a third round of private-public partnership (PPP) projects worth RMB 2.14 trillion. This round of PPP projects focuses on promoting traditional infrastructure construction, covering 1,233 projects in...

/ October 12, 2016

China Implements New Unified Work Permit Pilot Scheme

On September 9, 2016, the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs’ (SAFEA) announced that the existing Foreign Expert Permit and Alien Employment License will be merged into a single permit. The new permit introduces a tiered classification system for foreign...

/ October 7, 2016