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China: Cyberspace Administration Requires Paid Search Results to Be Marked

(July 20, 2016) On June 25, 2016, China’s central Internet content regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), issued a set of rules regulating Internet information search services.  The Administrative Provisions on Internet Information Search Services will take effect on August 1, 2016.  (Hulianwang Xinxi Sousuo Fuwu Guanli Guiding, CAC website (June 25, 2016); translation […]

China: Law Passed Tightening Control over Foreign Non-Government Organizations

(June 15, 2016) On April 28, 2016, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress passed the Law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on Administration over the Activities of Overseas Non-Government Organizations Within China, commonly known as the Foreign NGO Law.  The Law will become effective on January 1, 2017.  (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo […]

China: Measures on Audits of High-Risk Taxpayers

(June 10, 2016) China’s State Administration of Taxation (SAT) issued a set of measures on May 19, 2016, to apply as of July 1, 2016, containing rules on tax audits of “high-risk taxpayers” and on the administration of tax audit cases. (Shiqi Ma, China (People’s Rep.): Rules on Tax Inspection and Administration of Information on […]

China: Maternity Leave Further Extended by Provinces

(May 3, 2016) In the past several months, Chinese provinces have been revising their regulations to implement the recently amended Law on Population and Family Planning (Family Planning Law) and at the same time specifying extra parental leave periods applicable in their jurisdictions. Nearly half of the revised regulations have been located; they cover 14 provinces […]

China: Provisions on Decryption of Communications in Anti-Terrorism Law

(Feb. 17, 2016) On December 27, 2015, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) adopted the Anti-Terrorism Law of the People’s Republic of China, which took effect on January 1, 2016. (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Fan Kongbu Zhuyi Fa [PRC Anti-Terrorism Law] (Dec. 27, 2015, effective Jan. 1, 2016), Central People’s Government website.) Article […]

China: Extremism in Recent Legislation

(Jan. 12, 2016) “Extremism” used to be more a politicized notion appearing in government instruments than a precisely defined legal term under the laws of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Recently, however, the term has been addressed in a series of laws: first, the new National Security Law contains an article with the general declaration that the state […]

China: Two Child Policy Becomes Law

(Jan. 8, 2016) On December 27, 2015, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) adopted a decision amending the Population and Family Planning Law. Effective January 1, 2016, the “two child policy” became law applicable nationwide. (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Renkou yu Jihua Shengyu Fa [People’s Republic of China Population and Family Planning Law] (2015 […]

China: Two-Child Policy and Law

(Nov. 5, 2015) On October 29, 2015, the official Xinhua News Agency of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) released the Communique of the Fifth Plenary Session of the Communist Party of China (CPC) 18th Central Committee. According to the Communique, China will end its decades-long “one child policy,” and all married couples will be allowed to have two children. (Zhongguo […]

Permanent Court of Arbitration/China/Philippines: Plan to Consider South China Sea Dispute

(Nov. 4, 2015) On October 29, 2015, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), located in The Hague, issued an Award on Jurisdiction and Admissibility to hear the dispute brought before it by the Philippines against China concerning rights over contested areas in the South China Sea. The central issue in the case, according to the […]