Category: Policy & Regulations

Why Businesses Should Pay Attention to China’s Government Inspections

By Alexander Chipman Koty On July 6, China announced a campaign to inspect local governments and departments, signaling the central government’s resolve to implement core policies. The announcement, detailed in the State Council’s Circular about the Launch of Inspection Program for Departments and...

/ July 26, 2018

Fact Sheet: Communist Party Groups in Foreign Companies in China

The Chinese government is pushing foreign companies to include party organizations among their employees. Where do these companies stand if they don't want to acquiesce to their demands?

/ May 31, 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...

Is China Really Opening Its Doors to Foreign Investment?

On January 17, 2017, the State Council issued a circular on a new foreign direct investment policy to open up China’s economic system. At first glance, it would appear that this policy is a reaction to the slowdown in China’s...

/ November 8, 2017

Healthcare Series Part 1: Reimbursement Drug Lists

Recently announced provincial reimbursement drug lists (PRDLs) provide possible new opportunities for US pharmaceutical companies seeking to expand market reach for their drugs in China. These updated subnational lists largely reflect the national reimbursement drug list (NRDL), which was released...

/ November 1, 2017

China Work Visa: Unified Work Permit Benefits Foreigners

In an effort to attract more foreign talents, the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) has quickened reform to make it easier for foreigners to apply for China’s work visa. Effective on April 1, 2017, the SAFEA rolled out...

Shanghai Revises Minimum Wage and Social Insurance Contribution Rates

The Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Human Resources & Social Security recently released its annual minimum wage adjustments for 2017, as well as the associated changes to employee benefits. The adjustments, which came into effect on April 1, affect minimum wages,...

/ August 30, 2017

LGBTQ+ in the Chinese Workplace: Fostering an Inclusive Environment

As awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in China rises, employers are facing newfound scrutiny over their treatment of sexual minorities. Employers have the opportunity to establish safe work environments for LGBTQ+ employees, and become leaders in China’s changing social climate. Doing...

/ August 23, 2017

Officials Reverse Course on Cross-border Ecommerce

Providing a small amount of stability in a year of significant changes for cross-border ecommerce, the Chinese government recently halted a move to increase regulation — and costs — of foreign goods purchased online by consumers in China. Observers believe...

/ August 9, 2017