Category: Policy & Regulations

Electronic Chops: Unauthorized Use and Legal Risk Management in China

A company seal, or chop, is integral to the administration of a company and the key to legally authorize documentation in China. An electronic chop– the digital version of its physical counterpart– can be used for online transactions. However, electronic...

/ December 9, 2016

The 5 Levels of Information Security in China

While cybersecurity challenges have long affected foreign companies operating in China and raised concerns about discriminatory treatment of foreign products—particularly China’s recent push for “secure and controllable” technology—the beginnings of this trend can be traced to the early 1990s with...

/ December 5, 2016

How to Benefit from Local One Belt, One Road Implementation

Foreign businesses are adjusting their long-term China strategies as they evaluate how local governments implement the RMB 40 billion-backed national One Belt, One Road (OBOR) development policy. As provincial and city governments release additional details about project funding, companies are...

/ December 2, 2016

The Dos and Don’ts of CCC Certification for Vehicle Parts

China Compulsory Certification (CCC) is a necessary part of tapping the Chinese market for more than 132 product categories, including automotive parts. Manufacturing vehicle components is a complex undertaking, and the rules and regulations for selling in China can be...

/ November 30, 2016

Buying Real Estate in China

Purchasing real estate in China can be a complex procedure. Because there are so many eligibility requirements for a mortgage and to buy real estate, it’s important for investors to be aware of the differences between owning real estate and...

/ November 23, 2016

Priorities Compete in NEV, Battery Regulations

Despite high-level government support for China’s New Energy Vehicle (NEV) industry, the Chinese government has been sending mixed messages to foreign companies investing in the world’s largest electric vehicle market. Some regulatory guidance is poised to advance the NEV and...

/ November 18, 2016

Better Together: The Potential of Crowdfunding in China

Crowdfunding, funding a project through online donations, has become a popular way to invest in the West; but in China, it’s a relatively nascent industry with enormous potential for future growth. The World Bank’s 2013 Crowdfunding’s Potential for the Developing...

/ November 16, 2016

A fast track in the works for certain medical devices

High-quality foreign medical devices might soon have a faster path to approval in the developing China market. Recently released draft rules that call for expedited review of certain medical devices should benefit US companies in China. However, competing regulations appear...

/ November 14, 2016

Housing Bubble, Politics and Trouble: Problems and Policies for China’s Real Estate Market

Suppressing rising property prices is a common theme through President Xi Jinping’s speeches, the Ministry of Housing and Rural-Urban Development’s (MOHURD) policies, and Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) campaigns. The state’s anti-corruption apparatus will continue to be deployed in...

/ November 4, 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