Category: Policy & Regulations

China Issues New Rules Governing Representative Offices

The PRC government recently announced new rules and policy changes that affect the registration and operation of foreign representative (rep) offices in China. The new rules, issued jointly by the State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SAIC) and the Ministry...

/ March 1, 2010

China’s New Tort Law: Dawn of the Product Liability Era

China’s new Tort Law expands company liabilities and adds punitive damages for unsafe and defective products.by Peter Neumann and Calvin DingThe new PRC Tort Liability Law, which finally passed in December 2009 after four revisions, covers a range of topics...

The Art of Importing Chinese Objects

Recent legal measures make it more difficult to import Chinese cultural relics into the United States.by Nancy M. MurphyMany US residents who spend time in China acquire Chinese art, with some becoming serious collectors. A small but important segment of...

/ March 1, 2010

Drug Procurement Bidding

Drug companies must be able to navigate the procurement bidding process to successfully reach China’s market.by Chen Yang and Lei LiState-run, nonprofit healthcare institutions in China procure most of the drugs they use through a bidding process centralized at the...

/ January 1, 2010

Drugs for the Masses

China’s new drug lists and associated pricing rules aim to provide low-cost drugs to patients but raise questions about the impact on hospitals and drug manufacturers.by Gordon Schatz and Patrick NowlinAnyone who has visited the Dongyue Daoist Temple in Beijing...

Overview of China’s Product Safety Regime

by Barbara Li In the last few years, China has enacted important product safety laws and regulations. Companies doing business in—and with—China should acquaint themselves with these developments. Legislation China does not have a single, codified product safety law. Manufacturers...

/ January 1, 2010

Product Safety Summit Shows Value of Cooperation

The recent bilateral product safety summit brought the US-China dialogue to a new level, with both parties committing to a more comprehensive approach.by Michael J. WagnerThe US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the PRC Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection,...

/ January 1, 2010

The Struggles of Shipping Dual-Use Goods to China

Two US Department of Commerce programs encourage exports to China but also add red tape for both sides.by Christopher F. Corr and Jason T. HungerfordUS exports to China have risen rapidly in recent years, totaling $69.7 billion in 2008, up...

Standards in China: Behind the Headlines

China’s approach to standards and conformance can create significant challenges for US companies doing business in China.by Elise OwenA recent string of high-profile standards-related events in China has focused attention on the importance of standards to global trade—and on the...

/ January 1, 2010

A Fuller Picture

After spending the past eight years in the Washington, DC, office of the US-China Business Council (USCBC), I recently relocated to Shanghai to become the new chief representative of USCBC’s Shanghai office. Having worked with the US-based representatives of USCBC...

/ November 1, 2009