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China: Law on Enterprise State-Owned Assets Passed

(Nov. 25, 2008) On October 28, 2008, after years of debate and repeated revisions, the Law on Enterprise State-Owned Assets of the People's Republic of China was approved by the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC). Effective from May 1, 2009, the Law is designed to strengthen protection and management of the […]

China: Recycling Economy Promotion Law to Take Effect

(Nov. 25, 2008) The Recycling Economy Promotion Law (also translated as the “Circular Economy Promotion Law”) was recently passed by the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) and will take effect on January 1, 2009. The “recycling economy” refers to reducing, reusing, and recycling activities in the process of production, circulation, and […]

China: Restrictions on Foreign News Media Eased

(Oct. 30, 2008) On October 17, 2008, the State Council of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued new regulations governing foreign news media coverage on its territory. (Regulations of the PRC on News Coverage by Resident Foreign News Agencies and Foreign Journalists [in Chinese], Central People's Government of the PRC official website, Oct. 18, […]

China: Implementation Regulations of Labor Contract Law Published

(Oct. 28, 2008) On September 18, 2008, the State Council of the People's Republic of China (PRC) passed the Implementation Regulations of the PRC Labor Contract Law. (Text of the Implementation Regulations [in Chinese], Central People's Government of the PRC official website, Sept. 19, 2008, available at http://www.gov.cn/zwgk/2008-09/19/content_1099470.htm.) The Regulations aim to clarify unclear provisions […]

China: Detention to Be Applied for Discharging Pollutants

(Sept. 25, 2008) On August 6, 2008, China's Ministry of Environmental Protection posted on its official website a notice to circulate the Opinion on Application of Administrative Detention for Discharging Illegal Pollutants, issued by the Legislative Affairs Office of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC Opinion). (Huan Fa [2008] No. 62, http://www.mep.gov.cn/info/bgw/bwj/200808/t20080806_127000.htm […]

China: Foreign Exchange Regulations Revised

(Sept. 11, 2008) On August 5, 2008, the State Council of the People's Republic of China (PRC) published the revised Regulations on the Administration of Foreign Exchange, which took effect on the same day (Chinese text available on the PRC Central People's Government official website, http://202.123.110.5/zwgk/2008-08/06/content_1066085.htm (last visited Aug. 25, 2008)). The Regulations, first promulgated […]

China: Anti-Monopoly Law Took Effect, Merger Filing Thresholds Published

(Aug. 27, 2008) On August 1, 2008, the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) entered into force. The law, dubbed “the constitution for the market economy,” was promulgated by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on August 30, 2007, after 14 years of debate. (AML, 6 STANDING COMM. NAT'L PEOPLE'S CONG. GAZ. 517-523 (P.R.C.) (2007), […]

China: Supreme People’s Court 2008 Work Report Delivered

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 10, 2008, Xiao Yang, President and Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court of China (SPC) delivered the 2008 SPC Work Report to the First Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC). (Zuigao Renmin Fayuan Gongzuo Baogao, XINHUA, http://news.xinhuanet.com/newscenter/2008-03/22/content_7837838.htm (last visited Apr. 3, 2008).) According to the Work Report, […]

China: “Super Ministries” Plan

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 15, 2008, the People's Republic of China (PRC) National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislative body, passed the State Council's Institutional Reform Plan, under which five “super ministries” are created. (Shiyi jie Ren Da yici huiyi xuanju chansheng xin yijie guojia lingdaoren pizhun Guowuyuan jigou gaige fang'an, XINHUANET, Mar. 15, […]

China: Clearance of Administrative Regulations and Rules

(Mar. 2, 2008) The State Council of China issued the State Council Decision on Abolishing Some Administrative Regulations (Guowuyuan guanyu Feizhi Bufen Xingzheng Fagui de Jueding, the Decision) on January 23, 2008; it takes effect upon publication. According to the Decision, the State Council has reviewed all 655 administrative regulations it issued up to the […]