Category: Policy & Regulations

Changing Tastes: China’s Imported Wine Industry

China’s taste for wine is growing rapidly. A number of opportunities are presented for both online and offline wine importers. The supply and demand side trends, as well as key considerations for the differing distribution channels and challenges in the...

/ June 21, 2017

Securing Employees’ Financial Futures

Asian economies are grappling with ageing populations, which place government finances under strain while putting pressure on individual savings as an additional source of income in retirement. The impact is felt more in developed countries, which are at a more...

/ June 14, 2017

Expecting in China: Employee Maternity Leave and Allowances

Maternity leave in China can vary widely by location, especially in terms of ‘late maternity leave’ as determined by the local government. It can also be complex for an employer to calculate how much maternity leave and allowance female employees...

/ June 9, 2017

How to Handle 4 Anticorruption Compliance Issues

The 2012 launch of China’s anticorruption campaign has renewed US companies’ attention to anti-bribery, competition, and corruption-related policies and regulations. The challenges of compliance have continued to evolve since the US-China Business Council’s (USCBC) 2013 Compliance Best Practices Report, as...

/ May 26, 2017

China’s New Environmental Protection Tax Law

In December 2016, the National People’s Congress promulgated China’s first Environmental Protection Tax Law (the EPT Law), replacing the existing Pollutant Discharge Fees (PDF) system in a bid to strengthen the enforcement of environmental regulations. Given the EPT Law’s impact...

/ May 24, 2017

Foreign Direct Investment in an “America First” Administration

Chinese entities looking to invest in the United States or acquire US corporations should expect 2017 to be filled with greater energy and uncertainty due to a number of factors. Most notably, the policies and rhetoric of the administration of...

/ May 22, 2017

New Five-Year Plans Promote Energy Industry Reform

Facing ongoing pollution challenges and a push to diversify energy sources, China’s energy planners kicked off 2017 by announcing an array of 13th Five-Year Plans (13FYPs). Offering quantifiable short-term goals for limiting reliance on coal in favor of oil and...

China and the Developmental State Model

Is China a developmental state? China’s economic success—it is the world’s second-largest economy—did not simply happen. The state played a critical role in this rapid expansion, but many question the level to which this intervention was institutionalized. While China has...

/ May 12, 2017

China’s Industry Plans Lay Groundwork for Cybersecurity Law Implementation

Regulators are actively setting the groundwork for implementation of China’s Cybersecurity Law, releasing a series of industry development plans that seek to bolster the enforcement of this sweeping legislation.

Making Sense of China’s 2017 Economic Growth Target

During the annual Two Sessions meetings last weekend, China’s political leaders announced their economic growth targets for 2017. Given the deliberately crafted nature of the Work Report, slight changes in the way the government presents issues can signal shifts in...

/ May 3, 2017