New Implementing Regulations of Law on State Secrets (Mar. 31, 2014) by Laney Zhang

On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of ...

Topic: Documents; Government ethics and transparency; National security
Jurisdiction: China

Interim Carbon Emission Measures Enacted in Guangdong and Shanghai (Mar. 27, 2014) by Laney Zhang

On January 15, 2014, the provincial government of China's Guangdong Province promulgated the Guangdong Province Interim Measures on Carbon Emissions Management (Guangdong Emissions Measures), which took ...

Topic:  Air quality; Climate change; Environmental protection; State and local government
Jurisdiction: China

Company Law Revised to Remove Registered Capital Requirements (Mar. 12, 2014) by Laney Zhang

On December 28, 2013, the Sixth Session of the 12th Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China made a decision to revise the Company ...

Topic: Corporations and associations
Jurisdiction: China

Consumer Protection Law Revamped for First Time in 20 Years (Jan. 29, 2014) by Laney Zhang

On October 25, 2013, the Fifth Session of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC) passed the first amendment to the Consumers' Rights and ...

Topic: Consumer protection
Jurisdiction: China

Trademark Law Revised (Sep. 13, 2013) by Laney Zhang

On August 30, 2013, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Trademark Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC); the amendments ...

Topic: Intellectual property
Jurisdiction: China

New Visa Rules Passed (Aug. 26, 2013) by Laney Zhang

On July 12, 2013, the State Council promulgated a set of new rules governing the entry of foreigners into the People's Republic of China, the Regulations ...

Topic: Border security; Immigration and nationality
Jurisdiction: China

New Visa System Proposed, Public Opinions Being Solicited (May. 20, 2013) by Laney Zhang

On May 3, 2013, China's State Council published the Regulations on the Administration of the Entry and Exit of Aliens (Draft for Comments) (hereinafter Draft Regulations) ...

Topic: Immigration and nationality
Jurisdiction: China

Mental Health Law Takes Effect on May 1 (Apr. 19, 2013) by Laney Zhang

On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in ...

Topic: Workers safety and health
Jurisdiction: China

Ministry of Railways Dismantled (Apr. 04, 2013) by Laney Zhang

On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's ...

Topic: Government
Jurisdiction: China

2012 National Campaign to Fight Firearms-Control Offenses (Feb. 13, 2013) by Laney Zhang

In a campaign to fight firearms control offenses launched by China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS, the ...

Topic: Firearms and explosives
Jurisdiction: China

Judicial Interpretation on Crime of Giving Bribes to Government Officials (Jan. 08, 2013) by Laney Zhang

On December 26, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court and Supreme People's Procuratorate jointly issued a judicial interpretation on the crime of giving bribes to state functionaries. ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: China

NPC Decision on Network Information Protection (Jan. 04, 2013) by Laney Zhang

On December 28, 2012, the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC, China's top legislative body) passed the Decision on Strengthening Network Information Protection. The ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: China

New Amendment to Criminal Code on Child Abuse (Dec. 11, 2012) by Laney Zhang

On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Taiwan

Supreme People's Court Releases New Guiding Cases (Oct. 17, 2012) by Laney Zhang

On September 18, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) released new guiding cases that were circulated to ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: China

Blacklist System to Be Established for Pharmaceutical Safety (Oct. 05, 2012) by Laney Zhang

On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to ...

Topic: Workers safety and health
Jurisdiction: China

New Accessibility Regulations Passed (Oct. 03, 2012) by Laney Zhang

China's new Regulations on Construction of a Barrier-Free Environment, which came into effect on August 1, 2012, require all newly built roads and buildings in urban ...

Topic: Civil rights and liberties; Building construction
Jurisdiction: China

Railway Courts Integrated into National Court System (Sep. 12, 2012) by Laney Zhang

By the end of June 2012, all railway courts in China had been integrated into the national court system, according to a Supreme People's Court (SPC) ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: China

Court Announces Apple and Proview Settlement of iPad Trademark Dispute (Jul. 16, 2012) by Laney Zhang

The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad ...

Topic: Intellectual property
Jurisdiction: China

Maternity Leave Extended from 90 Days to 98 Days (Jun. 18, 2012) by Laney Zhang

On April 28, 2012, China's State Council published the Special Provisions on Labor Protection of Female Employees (text in Chinese, Central People's Government of ...

Topic: Labor
Jurisdiction: China

New Rules on Foreign Direct Investment with Renminbi (Dec. 22, 2011) by Laney Zhang

Foreign investors, including those from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macao, are now officially allowed to make direct investments in mainland China with offshore renminbi (RMB, Chinese ...

Topic: Foreign investment
Jurisdiction: China

Regulations on Resource Tax Revised (Dec. 22, 2011) by Laney Zhang

Effective on November 1, 2011, China's revised Tentative Regulations on Resource Tax noticeably raised the resource tax levied on the exploitation of crude oil and natural ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: China

Legal Definition of Terrorist Activities Clarified (Nov. 04, 2011) by Laney Zhang

On October 29, 2011, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) passed the Decision on Issues Related to Strengthening Anti-Terrorism Work, which clarifies the ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: China

New ID Card Law Requires Recording Fingerprints (Nov. 04, 2011) by Laney Zhang

On October 29, 2011, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress adopted an amendment to the Resident Identity Card Law (ID Card Law) and republished ...

Topic: Administrative law and regulatory procedures
Jurisdiction: China

Individual Income Tax Law Revised (Jul. 11, 2011) by Laney Zhang

On June 30, 2011, the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC) adopted an amendment to the Individual Income Tax Law that raises the threshold ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: China

Social Insurance to Cover Foreigners Employed in China (Jul. 01, 2011) by Laney Zhang

China's new Social Insurance Law, which is set to take effect on July 1, 2011, includes one article applicable to foreigners employed in China, stating that ...

Topic: Social security
Jurisdiction: China

Collection of Individual Income Tax on High-Income Earners to Be Strengthened (Jun. 20, 2011) by Laney Zhang

China's State Administration of Taxation recently published a circular ordering the tax authorities at all levels in the country to pay closer attention, in collecting individual ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: China

Minimum Wage Law Takes Effect (May. 17, 2011) by Laney Zhang

On May 1, 2011, Hong Kong's Minimum Wage Ordinance took effect; under it a HK$28 (about US$3.6) per hour minimum wage rate is enforced. (Minimum ...

Topic: Labor
Jurisdiction: Hong Kong

Harsher Punishments for Driving After Drinking (May. 10, 2011) by Laney Zhang

The Law of the People's Republic of China on Road Traffic Safety (hereinafter Traffic Safety Law) was amended on April 22, 2011, providing harsher punishments for ...

Topic: Driving while intoxicated
Jurisdiction: China

Ban on Smoking in Indoor Public Places Takes Effect (May. 05, 2011) by Laney Zhang

Effective May 1, 2011, smoking is banned in all indoor public places in China, according the Implementation Rules of the Regulations on Health Administration of Public ...

Topic: Tobacco and smoking
Jurisdiction: China

Eighth Amendment to Criminal Law Passed (Apr. 07, 2011) by Laney Zhang

Effective from May 1, 2011, Chinese citizens and companies paying bribes to foreign government officials and officials of international public organizations will be subject on conviction ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: China

Security Review Rules on Foreign Mergers and Acquisitions Published (Feb. 25, 2011) by Laney Zhang

On February 12, 2011, the General Office of China's State Council published a circular on the security review system in mergers and acquisitions of domestic enterprises ...

Topic: Foreign investment
Jurisdiction: China

Code of Ethics for Judges Revised (Dec. 28, 2010) by Laney Zhang

On December 15, 2010, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of China published on its website the revised Basic Norms of Professional Ethics of Judges and Code ...

Topic: Judges
Jurisdiction: China

Revised Price Control Rules Provide Harsher Penalties for Price Manipulation (Dec. 22, 2010) by Laney Zhang

On December 4, 2010, the State Council of China published its decision to revise the Provisions on Administrative Penalties ...

Topic: Administrative law and regulatory procedures
Jurisdiction: China

First Statute on Choice of Law Passed (Nov. 05, 2010) by Laney Zhang

On October 28, 2010, the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC) adopted the Law on the Application of Law in ...

Topic: Civil code
Jurisdiction: China

State Council Orders Government Organs to Use Genuine Software (Nov. 05, 2010) by Laney Zhang

On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine ...

Topic: Intellectual property
Jurisdiction: China

Law on Social Insurance Passed (Nov. 04, 2010) by Laney Zhang

On October 28, 2010, the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC) passed the People's Republic of China Law on Social Insurance. (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo ...

Topic: Social security
Jurisdiction: China

No Withdrawal of Appeals of Death Sentences (Sep. 13, 2010) by Laney Zhang

Effective from September 1, 2010, if a criminal defendant in China who has been sentenced to death in the first trial appeals to the higher court ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: China

Full Text of Draft Eighth Amendment to Criminal Law Published (Sep. 08, 2010) by Laney Zhang

On August 28, 2010, China's National People's Congress published the full text of the draft eighth amendment to the Criminal Law after its first reading, to ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: China

Death Penalty Crimes to Be Reduced (Aug. 31, 2010) by Laney Zhang

On August 23, 2010, a proposed amendment to the Criminal Law of the People's Republic of China was presented to the Standing Committee of China's National ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: China

Corporate Income Tax Reduced to 17% (Jun. 24, 2010) by Laney Zhang

On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: Taiwan

State Secrets Law Revised (May. 07, 2010) by Laney Zhang

On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets ...

Topic: Government ethics and transparency
Jurisdiction: China

Entry Ban Lifted for Foreigners with HIV/AIDS (May. 05, 2010) by Laney Zhang

On April 24, 2010, the State Council of China published a decision amending the Implementation Measures of the People's Republic of China Law on Entry and ...

Topic: Border security
Jurisdiction: China

China Lifts Entry Ban for Foreigners with HIV/AIDS (May. 04, 2010) by Laney Zhang

On April 24, 2010, the State Council of China published a decision amending the Implementation Measures of the People's Republic of China Law on Entry and ...

Topic: Border security
Jurisdiction: China

State Council Circulates Opinions in Promoting Energy Management Contracts (Apr. 23, 2010) by Laney Zhang

On April 2, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council circulated the Opinions on Accelerating the Implementation of Energy Management Contracts to Promote the Development ...

Topic: Energy
Jurisdiction: China

Vice President of Supreme People's Court Sentenced to Life Imprisonment (Mar. 25, 2010) by Laney Zhang

On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's ...

Topic: Government ethics and transparency
Jurisdiction: China

Copyright Law Revised (Mar. 04, 2010) by Laney Zhang

On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take ...

Topic: Intellectual property
Jurisdiction: China

Public Opinion Solicited for Draft Implementing Regulations of Government Procurement Law (Mar. 02, 2010) by Laney Zhang

On January 11, 2010, China's State Council published the draft Implementation Regulations of the Government Procurement Law (Draft Regulations) on its website, in order to solicit ...

Topic: Economics and Public Finance
Jurisdiction: China

Renewable Energy Law Amended (Dec. 31, 2009) by Laney Zhang

On December 26, 2009, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China (PRC) adopted an amendment to the Renewable Energy ...

Topic: Energy
Jurisdiction: China

Rules on Foreign-Invested Partnerships Issued (Dec. 07, 2009) by Laney Zhang

On December 2, 2009, the Administrative Measures for Foreign Enterprises and Individuals Establishing Partnership Enterprises in China were published on Xinhuanet, the online news service of ...

Topic: Foreign investment
Jurisdiction: China

National People's Congress Resolution on Climate Change (Nov. 27, 2009) by Laney Zhang

On August 27, 2009, the National People's Congress of China (NPC) Standing Committee adopted a Resolution on Actively Responding to Climate Change. This is the first ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: China

Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance Treaty (Nov. 20, 2009) by Laney Zhang

On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: Brazil; China

"Cash for Clunkers" Programs (Oct. 01, 2009) by Laney Zhang

On June 1, 2009, the General Office of China's State Council announced a plan for an automobile and electronic appliance "old swap new" program, which was ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: China

Healthcare Reform: National Essential Medicine System to Be Established (Aug. 25, 2009) by Laney Zhang

On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven ...

Topic: Workers safety and health
Jurisdiction: China

Environmental Levy on Plastic Shopping Bags (Jul. 17, 2009) by Laney Zhang

Effective July 7, 2009, registered retailers in Hong Kong are no longer allowed to provide free plastic shopping bags for customers; for each plastic shopping bag ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: Hong Kong

Statistics Law Revised to Crack Down on Falsifying Data (Jul. 09, 2009) by Laney Zhang

On June 27, 2009, the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress adopted a revised Statistics Law. The law was first enacted in 1984 and revised ...

Topic: Science and technology
Jurisdiction: China

The National People's Congress Abolishes Eight National Laws (Jul. 02, 2009) by Laney Zhang

On June 27, 2009, the Ninth Session of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) abolished eight national laws that are "out-dated" or ...

Topic: Legislative power
Jurisdiction: China

Government Denies "Buy China" Is in Stimulus Package (Jul. 01, 2009) by Laney Zhang

On June 26, 2009, a joint statement made by the spokesmen of the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and of the National Development and Reform Committee (NDRC) ...

Topic: Economics and Public Finance
Jurisdiction: China

Legislative Agenda of NPC Standing Committee (Jun. 26, 2009) by Laney Zhang

It was reported on June 15, 2009, that the Ninth Session of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) is scheduled to be ...

Topic: Legislative power
Jurisdiction: China

Order to "Buy China" in Government-Invested Projects (Jun. 25, 2009) by Laney Zhang

China's key economic planner, the National Development and Reform Committee, issued a notice on May 26, 2009, on tightening government supervision of tenders and bids in ...

Topic: Economics and Public Finance
Jurisdiction: China

New Cash for Clunkers Plan (May. 26, 2009) by Laney Zhang

China is launching a RMB5 billion (about US$714 million) plan to encourage automobile sales in the countryside, where the majority of the Chinese population lives. On ...

Topic: Transportation and public works
Jurisdiction: China

Agreements on Regular Flights, Financial Cooperation, Judicial Cooperation Signed (May. 11, 2009) by Laney Zhang

On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: China; Taiwan

Amendment Seven to Criminal Law Passed (Apr. 30, 2009) by Laney Zhang

On February 28, 2009, the Standing Committee of the Eleventh National People's Congress adopted Amendment Seven to the Criminal Law, which entered into effect on the ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: China

National Human Rights Action Plan Published (Apr. 28, 2009) by Laney Zhang

On April 13, 2009, China's State Council Information Office released the National Human Rights Action Plan (2009-2010), which the government called the country's first national human ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: China

Tax Incentives for Clean Development Mechanism Projects Published (Apr. 28, 2009) by Laney Zhang

On April 2, 2009, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) published a Circular on the Corporate Income Tax Policies of the China Clean Development Mechanism [CDM] Fund ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: China

IPO Rules for Growth Enterprise Market (Apr. 21, 2009) by Laney Zhang

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) released rules on initial public offerings for the Growth Enterprise Market (China GEM) on March 31, 2009. The rules will ...

Topic: Securities
Jurisdiction: China

Executive Pay Limits for State-Owned Financial Institutions (Apr. 15, 2009) by Laney Zhang

The Ministry of Finance (MOF) published a circular on April 10, 2009, setting a pay cap for top executives at state-owned financial institutions. Their maximum compensation ...

Topic: Banks and financial institutions
Jurisdiction: China

New Rules to Encourage Overseas Investment (Apr. 13, 2009) by Laney Zhang

The Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), China's main commercial regulator, issued the Measures for the Administration of Overseas Investment on March 16, 2009. Entering into effect on ...

Topic: Foreign investment
Jurisdiction: China

Food Safety Law Passed (Apr. 03, 2009) by Laney Zhang

On February 28, 2009, the People's Republic of China Food Safety Law was passed by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. Effective from June ...

Topic: Workers safety and health
Jurisdiction: China

Government Subsidy for Energy-Saving and Alternative-Energy Vehicles (Feb. 27, 2009) by Laney Zhang

On January 23, 2009, China's Ministries of Finance and of Science and Technology jointly issued the Provisional Measures on the Management of Government Subsidies for Energy-Saving ...

Topic: Energy
Jurisdiction: China

Economic Stimulus Plan Unveiled (Dec. 24, 2008) by Laney Zhang

On November 9, 2008, the State Council of China announced a plan to increase domestic demand and stimulate economic growth, by investing an estimated four trillion ...

Topic: Investments
Jurisdiction: China

Law on Enterprise State-Owned Assets Passed (Nov. 25, 2008) by Laney Zhang

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 ...

Topic: Economics and public finance
Jurisdiction: China

Recycling Economy Promotion Law to Take Effect (Nov. 25, 2008) by Laney Zhang

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 ...

Topic: Energy
Jurisdiction: China

Restrictions on Foreign News Media Eased (Oct. 30, 2008) by Laney Zhang

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 ...

Topic: Freedom of the press
Jurisdiction: China

Implementation Regulations of Labor Contract Law Published (Oct. 28, 2008) by Laney Zhang

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 ...

Topic: Labor
Jurisdiction: China

Detention to Be Applied for Discharging Pollutants (Sep. 25, 2008) by Laney Zhang

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 ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: China

Foreign Exchange Regulations Revised (Sep. 11, 2008) by Laney Zhang

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 ...

Topic: Foreign exchange
Jurisdiction: China

Anti-Monopoly Law Took Effect, Merger Filing Thresholds Published (Aug. 27, 2008) by Laney Zhang

On August 1, 2008, the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) entered into force. The law, dubbed ";the constitution ...

Topic: Commerce
Jurisdiction: China

"Super Ministries" Plan (Apr. 02, 2008) by Laney Zhang

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 ...

Topic: Government
Jurisdiction: China

Supreme People's Court 2008 Work Report Delivered (Apr. 02, 2008) by Laney Zhang

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 ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: China

Clearance of Administrative Regulations and Rules (Mar. 02, 2008) by Laney Zhang

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 ...

Topic: Administrative law and regulatory procedures
Jurisdiction: China