All posts by Sarah Pavlak

A Short History of Trade Wars

Trade tensions between Beijing and Washington have been high lately. With the potential of a trade war looming, Sarah Pavlak takes a historical view of how these commercial spats usually pan out.

/ May 24, 2018

Hiring Local Employees in China

By HROne, Payroll & Employment Solutions in Greater China The employment of staff offers fundamental challenges that all foreign companies or Representative Offices entering China need to master. What rules and regulations apply in creating labor contracts? How do employees...

USCBC 45th Anniversary DC Open House

To celebrate 45 years of bolstering the commercial relationship between the United States and China, The US-China Business Council opened its doors to member companies for an evening of mingling and toasting to the decades ahead.

/ May 1, 2018

USCBC President’s China Visit

On the tail of China’s National People’s Congress, USCBC President John Frisbie paid his annual visit to the country, meeting with government officials and member companies operating there. This included meetings with the Zhejiang Delegation, Ministry of Commerce, and Ministry...

/ April 16, 2018

US and China Fire Shots in Mounting Trade Dispute

The United States and China have both fired warning shots on the growing field of bilateral trade disputes, though the most significant battle is likely still weeks away. While both sides have announced proposed tariffs on $50 billion in imports...

/ April 11, 2018

China Announces Sweeping Overhaul of Government Institutions

The government overhaul is China’s most significant institutional reform in years, with various entities either newly created, merged, restructured, or dissolved.

Will ISO Standards Transform Compliance in China?

As China pushes forward with its national anti-corruption campaign, companies are considering standards released by the International Standards Organization (ISO) to improve anti-bribery and corporate compliance programs.

China 2017: Year in Review

2017 was Xi Jinping’s year. At the end of his first term, he swept away any opposition from within the Communist Party of China and successfully sealed his legacy by enshrining his ‘Xi Jinping thought’ into party canon. He also...

/ February 21, 2018

China Eases Foreign Investment Restrictions in Free Trade Zones

China has relaxed restrictions on foreign investment in the country’s 11 free trade zones (FTZs), per a decision released by the State Council, China’s cabinet, on January 9.

/ February 14, 2018

Withholding Tax Deferral for Foreign Investment in China

On December 21, 2017, authorities clarified the criteria for withholding tax (WHT) deferral treatment on dividends for foreign investment in encouraged sectors in China. The Notice Regarding the Provisional Deferral Treatment for Withholding Tax on Distributed Profits used for Direct...