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    China; Vietnam: South China Sea Agreement (Oct. 17, 2011) On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Taiwan also have made claims, cover an area that has the potential to produce both oil […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2011-10-17
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    China: Arbitration in South China Sea Dispute (Feb. 1, 2013) On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China’s claims to a part of the South China Sea; this portion is considered by the Philippines to be the West Philippine Sea (WPS). According to the Foreign Secretary of the Philippines, Albert […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2013-02-01
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    China: Social Insurance to Cover Foreigners Employed in China (July 1, 2011) 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 they “will refer” to the Law and join the social insurance system. (Laney Zhang, China: Law on Social Insurance Passed, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR (Nov. 4, 2010).) […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2011-07-01
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    China: China Lifts Entry Ban for Foreigners with HIV/AIDS (May 4, 2010) 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 Exit of Aliens (hereinafter “Measures”), which lifted the ban in the old Measures on aliens with HIV/AIDS or leprosy from entering China. (The amendment and the […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2010-05-04
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    China: Travel Ban Lifted for Foreigners Holding Certain Chinese Residence Permits (Oct. 14, 2020) On September 23, 2020, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and National Immigration Administration (NIA) jointly issued an announcement of a rule change that allows foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters, and family reunification to enter China without applying for new visas. (Announcement on Entry by Foreign […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2020-10-14
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    China: Health QR Code Now Required for Foreigners Flying to China (Dec. 14, 2020) On November 23, 2020, the Chinese Embassy in the United States published a notice requiring non-Chinese citizens to obtain a QR code marked “HDC” (Health Declaration Code) in order to board flights to China. The new requirement entered into effect on December 1, 2020. According to the notice, foreign passengers can apply […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2020-12-14
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    China: Banks Ordered to Report Overseas Transactions of Chinese Bank Cards (Aug. 10, 2017) In June 2017, China’s foreign exchange regulator, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), ordered banks in China to collect information, on a daily basis, of overseas transactions made on Chinese bank cards. Starting September 1, 2017, any overseas cash withdrawal or single purchase made with an amount of more than RMB1,000 […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2017-08-10
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    China: Film Censorship (May 2, 2008) On March 3, 2008, China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) issued the Circular on Restating Film Censorship Standards, reiterating but elaborating upon the standards set forth in China's Regulations on the Administration of Films (in force on Feb. 1, 2002; art. 25 lists ten types of forbidden content (Dianying […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2008-05-02
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    China: Government Denies "Buy China" Is in Stimulus Package (July 1, 2009) 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) was published by the official government news agency, Xinhua. The statement denied that China has imposed a “Buy China” order as part of its stimulus package […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2009-07-01
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    China: Aviation Security (Apr. 2, 2008) On March 14, 2008, the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) issued an announcement on measures to tighten passenger airline security. Under the new measures, passengers may no longer carry liquid products on board domestic scheduled flights; the items may be shipped as long as they are packed in conformity […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2008-04-02
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    China: Environmental Tax (June 23, 2015) On June 10, 2015, the Legislative Affairs Office of China’s State Council issued a draft environmental tax law for the purpose of solicitating opinions from the public. The draft law was prepared by the Ministry of Finance, the State Administration of Taxation, and the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The government units concerned […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2015-06-23
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    China: Order to "Buy China" in Government-Invested Projects (June 25, 2009) 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 connection with government-invested projects (FGFG [2009] No. 1362). The notice was jointly issued with eight other central government departments, including the Ministry of Industry and Information […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2009-06-25
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    China; European Union: Agreement to Use Chinese-English Machine Translations for Patents (Dec. 20, 2011) It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, “in an unprecedented move to eliminate linguistic barriers in public access to patent information.” (EPO and SIPO Sign […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2011-12-20
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    ASEAN; China: Investment Deal (Aug. 24, 2009) On August 15, 2009, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the People's Republic of China concluded the ASEAN-China Investment Agreement, the third trade-related agreement between the two parties. It was signed in Bangkok, Thailand, by the economic ministers of the ten ASEAN nations and by China's Trade Minister, Chen Deming, […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2009-08-24
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    China: Legal Profession Developing (Feb. 18, 2010) The legal profession has grown in China in the last few years. According to Ministry of Justice statistics for 2009, there were more than 15,000 law firms, 166,000 lawyers, and 220,000 individuals working in the field. (China's Law Profession Advances as Nation Builds Rule-of-Law System, XINHUA, Feb. 16, 2010, available at http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-02/16/c_13176854.htm.) […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2010-02-18
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    China: Counterespionage Law Revised On April 26, 2023, the revised Counterespionage Law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was passed by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the country’s major legislature, and became effective on July 1. Compared with the previous version, effective since the end of 2014, the new version enlarges the government’s authority to … Continue reading “China: Counterespionage Law Revised”
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2023-09-21
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    China: Business Tax Exemptions (July 13, 2010) On June 28, 20210, China's State Administration of Taxation issued a ruling exempting certain proceeds from business taxation. The exempted proceeds are those earned through providing overseas, immobile telecommunications network resources, including circuits, submarine cables, and satellite transponders, as well as proceeds from international communication services provided from outside China to businesses […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2010-07-13
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    China: Rural Healthcare Guidelines (Nov. 2, 2007) On September 10, 2007, China's Ministries of Health and Finance and the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine jointly issued new guidelines on the management of the rural cooperatives' medical program, which was inaugurated in 2002. Under the existing scheme, the central and local governments contribute 40 yuan to an insurance fund […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2007-11-02
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    China: Copyright Law Revised (Mar. 4, 2010) 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 effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing Committee on Revising the PRC Copyright Law [in Chinese] (Feb. 26, 2010), NPC website, available at […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2010-03-04
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2015-11-04
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    China: Trademark Law Revised (Sept. 13, 2013) 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 will become effective on May 1, 2014. (Decision of the NPC Standing Committee on Revising the PRC Trademark Law [in Chinese], NPC website (Aug. 31, 2013).) […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2013-09-13
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    China: Income Tax Law (Jan. 2, 2008) The Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress adopted a decision to amend the Law on Individual Income Tax on December 29, 2007 (Quanguo Renmin Daibiao Dahui Changwu Weiyuanhui guanyu xiugai Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Geren suode shui fa de jueding, National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China Web site, Dec. […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2008-01-02
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    China: Vaccine Law Passed (Aug. 27, 2019) On June 29, 2019, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) adopted the PRC Law on Vaccine Administration (Vaccine Law). The official Xinhua news agency states that the Law provides for the “strictest” vaccine management with tough penalties in order to ensure the country’s […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2019-08-27
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    China: Citizens Must Obtain Green Health Code to Board Flights Returning to China (July 9, 2020) On April 7, 2020, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and the General Administration of Customs jointly issued an announcement requiring Chinese citizens returning home from 26 countries to obtain a green health code before boarding flights. The rule aims to reduce the cross-border spread of COVID-19, according to the announcement. […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2020-07-09
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    China: New Visa Restrictions (May 2, 2008) On May 6, 2008, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) admitted that more restrictive visa requirements had been introduced: “[w]e have made some arrangements according to usual international practice. That is, in the approval process we are more strict and more serious with the procedure,” spokesman Qin Gang told reporters at a […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2008-05-02