Category: Policy & Regulations

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

China’s New Advertising Law: Key Considerations and Implications for Online Advertisers

The Chinese government is increasing the levels of regulation for advertising, and lately its attention has turned to online advertising. Following in the footsteps of the amended 2015 Advertising Law, the State Administration of Industry and Commerce’s (SAIC) Interim Measures...

/ October 17, 2016

China’s New National Fitness Plan and Emerging Opportunities in the Sports Industry

The 2016-2020 National Fitness Plan creates great potential for foreign investment. This is particularly true with football, where foreign input is highly valued in China. However, sport is only one side of the coin: fitness also provides a large opportunity....

/ October 14, 2016

China’s Ambition for More Private-Public Partnerships

Last month, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) released the list for a third round of private-public partnership (PPP) projects worth RMB 2.14 trillion. This round of PPP projects focuses on promoting traditional infrastructure construction, covering 1,233 projects in...

/ October 12, 2016

China Implements New Unified Work Permit Pilot Scheme

On September 9, 2016, the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs’ (SAFEA) announced that the existing Foreign Expert Permit and Alien Employment License will be merged into a single permit. The new permit introduces a tiered classification system for foreign...

/ October 7, 2016

What To Do When Certification Requirements Change

The CNCA is responsible for implementation rules, which are rules developed for specific China Compulsory Certification (CCC) categories. These rules pertain to the scope of the category, the requirements of factory inspections, and product surveillance. China Compulsory Certification is required...

/ October 3, 2016

Social Media Advocacy in China

Social media transformed the ways in which people connect with others, evaluate information, follow news and trends, and even how they shape government policy, but companies have yet to embrace social media advocacy in the ever-important China market.

/ September 30, 2016

Weathering China’s Cloud Computing Regulations

Last summer, Chinese tech giants Tencent and Alibaba announced investments into cloud computing services worth US$1.57 billion and US$1 billion, respectively. In 2014, cloud computing sales accounted for only five percent of China’s total IT market compared to 11 percent...

/ September 28, 2016

Out of the Scrapyard: How Foreign Involvement Can Help Solve China’s e-Waste Crisis

This summer, the US Congress introduced a bill aimed at stemming the country’s regular flow of discarded electronics to China. The United States exports large amounts of e-waste to the Middle Kingdom—albeit often unintentionally—contributing to health and environmental problems and...

/ September 26, 2016