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    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, […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2008-10-30
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    Chile: New Foreign Investment Regime (Dec. 1, 2015) Law 20848, the New Foreign Investment Law (NFIL), is part of a new legal framework for foreign investment in Chile that supersedes the regime governed by Decree Law No. 600 of 1974. (Ley que Establece el Marco para la Inversión Extranjera Directa en Chile y Crea la Institucionalidad Respectiva, DIARIO OFICIAL (June 25, 2015), […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2015-12-01
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    China: Rules on Foreign-Invested Partnerships Issued (Dec. 7, 2009) 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 the Chinese government's Xinhua News Agency, after having been issued earlier by the State Council. Effective from March 1, 2010, the Measures allow foreign investors to […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2009-12-07
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    China: Foreign Investment Law Passed (May 30, 2019) On March 15, 2019, China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) passed the Foreign Investment Law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China). Effective on January 1, 2020, the Law will replace the three primary laws regulating foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) in China: the Law on Sino-Foreign Equity Joint Ventures, the Law on […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2019-05-30
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2008-09-11
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    Bulgaria: Foreign Military Operations Allowed (May 2, 2008) On April 11, 2008, the Parliament of Bulgaria revised the Law on Defense and Armed Forces of Bulgaria. The amendment repeals a provision that stated that military service will be carried out within the territory of Bulgaria and inserts a new provision according to which a refusal to carry out military service […]
    • Contributor: Roudik, Peter
    • Date: 2008-05-02
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    Burma: Amended Foreign Investment Law Published (Nov. 28, 2012) On November 1, 2012, the Pyithu Hluttaw, Burma’s Parliament, passed amendments to the Foreign Investment Law that it adopted just two months ago. President U Thein Sein, who had recommended that the Law be revised, signed the revisions into law on November 2, and the amended legislation was published the following day. […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2012-11-28
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    Chile: New Foreign Investment Law Enacted (June 23, 2015) On June 16, 2015, Chile enacted Law 20,780, on foreign investment. The law originated as Bill 9899-05 and was sent to the legislature by the administration on January 30, 2015. The new legislation replaces the statute on foreign investment enacted as Decree Law 600 of 1974, which will be abolished as of […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2015-06-23
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    India: New Foreign Direct Investment Rules (Apr. 7, 2010) On February 11, 2010, the Government of India approved new rules on foreign direct investment. They were issued on March 26 by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and entered into force on April 1. Under the liberalized measures, the Finance Minister can endorse proposals involving foreign equity of up […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2010-04-07
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    China: Foreign-Funded Telecom Companies Rules Modified (Sept. 29, 2008) On September 10, 2008, the State Council, China's Cabinet, promulgated amended Provisions on Administration of Foreign-Funded Telecommunication Enterprises, effective immediately. The purpose of amending these Provisions, originally adopted in 2002, was to adapt to the need to open up the industry and provide favorable conditions for its development. The Provisions apply to […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2008-09-29
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    Burma: New Foreign Direct Investment Law Adopted (Sept. 12, 2012) On September 7, 2012, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union, the parliament of Burma) approved a new Foreign Investment Law, after several months of parliamentary debate and adjustments to the draft legislation “as proposed changes have gone back and forth between the assembly and the president’s office.” (Aung Hla Tun, Myanmar […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2012-09-12
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    Iran: Foreign Banks Encouraged to Open Branches (Sept. 18, 2009) The Council of Ministers approved new regulations to encourage foreign banks to do business in Iran. The new regulations, organized in four parts and totaling 13 articles, are dated March 18, 2009, and entitled “The Executive By-Law on the Manner of Establishment and Operations of Branches of Foreign Banks in Iran.” They […]
    • Contributor: Vafai, Gholam
    • Date: 2009-09-18
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    Indonesia: Rules for Foreign Cruise Ships Liberalized (Sept. 27, 2017) Regulations have come into effect this year in Indonesia that make it simpler for cruise ships and yachts to dock in the country’s ports; the changes include allowing them to register online. The purpose is to help the tourism industry and reach the Ministry of Tourism’s goal of 400 foreign cruise ships […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2017-09-27
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    Bangladesh: Ordinance on Marriage with Foreign Nationals (May 2, 2008) The Bangladesh Council of Advisers approved the Public Servant (Marriage with Foreign Nationals) Amendment of 2008 on May 11, 2008. The new law amends the Public Servant (Marriage with Foreign Nationals) Ordinance of 1976 to allow Bangladesh Foreign Service Officers to marry foreign nationals with the permission of the President of Bangladesh. […]
    • Contributor: Rahman, Shameema
    • Date: 2008-05-02
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    China: Classified Memo on Foreign Journalists (May 2, 2008) On March 30, 2008, the Paris-based media freedom organization Reports Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) (RSF) issued a press release making public a purportedly classified memo dating from 2007, obtained from Chinese sources, advising provincial-level officials on the behavior they should adopt towards foreign journalists before and during the Beijing Olympic Games. […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2008-05-02
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    Finland: Foreign Pension Tax Rules Amended (Dec. 11, 2014) On January 1, 2015, Finland’s amended Law on Taxation of Non-Residents will become effective. (Law No. 975/2014, FINLEX [scroll down to find the link to the legislation by number and select Finnish or Swedish text], amending Law No. 627 (Aug. 11, 1978), FINLEX; Laura Ambagsheer-Pakarinen, Finland; European Union: Taxation of Foreign Pension […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2014-12-11
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    South Korea: Foreign Legal Consultants Law (May 1, 2009) The Foreign Legal Consultants Law was promulgated in South Korea on March 25, 2009 (Act No. 9524). Under the Law, foreign legal professionals certified in countries with free trade agreements with South Korea or in World Trade Organization treaty countries, who have a minimum three years of experience, can transact business in […]
    • Contributor: Umeda, Sayuri
    • Date: 2009-05-01
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    Iceland: Icelandic Central Bank Publishes Amended Rules on Foreign Exchange (Apr. 29, 2019) On April 2, 2019, the Central Bank of Iceland published an amended version of its rules on foreign exchange. The new provisions lift some, but not all, of the remaining restrictions on foreign exchange that have been in place since Iceland’s 2008 banking crisis. (Press Release, Central Bank of Iceland, Amended Rules […]
    • Contributor: Hofverberg, Elin
    • Date: 2019-04-29
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    Italy: Measure to Counter Foreign Takeovers (May 10, 2011) On March 31, 2011, Italy issued a decree that established a national fund to acquire equity in companies in key industries if those companies are threatened with takeovers by foreign businesses. The measure was advocated by Finance Minister Giulio Tremonti following the acquisition in March 2011 of a 29% interest in the […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2011-05-10
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    China: Foreign Corporate Tax Breaks to Be Phased Out (Dec. 2, 2007) Xinhua News Agency, citing the CHINA SECURITIES JOURNAL, reported on November 14, 2007, that the final draft of new implementing regulations for China's new Corporate Income Tax Law that will align domestic and foreign tax rates has been submitted to the State Council (Cabinet) for approval. According to an unidentified expert on […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2007-12-02
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    Australia: Bills Containing New Espionage, Foreign Interference Offenses, and Establishing Foreign Agent Registry Enacted (Aug. 21, 2018) On June 28, 2018, the Australian Parliament passed the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2018 (Cth) (the Bill). (National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2018, Parliament of Australia website; National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Act 2018 (Cth), Federal Register of Legislation website.) The Bill […]
    • Contributor: Buchanan, Kelly
    • Date: 2018-08-21
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    Belarus: Browsing Foreign Websites a Misdemeanor (Dec. 30, 2011) On December 21, 2011, the governmental portal dedicated to official publication of laws and other legal acts issued in the Republic of Belarus published Law No. 317-3 of November 25, 2011, on Amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations and the Procedural Code of the Republic of Belarus. (National Law Internet Portal […]
    • Contributor: Roudik, Peter
    • Date: 2011-12-30
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    New Zealand: Parliament Passes Foreign Fighters Legislation (Dec. 11, 2014) On December 9, 2014, in a 94-27 vote, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill, which includes amendments to the Customs and Excise Act 1996, the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service Act 1969, and the Passports Act 1992 aimed at stopping people from leaving the country to join […]
    • Contributor: Buchanan, Kelly
    • Date: 2014-12-11
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    North Korea: Foreign-Funded Business and Banking Laws Amended (Feb. 17, 2012) The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) amended its law on registration of businesses that have foreign funding. The change came via a decree issued on December 21, 2011, by the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly. The 34-article law covers registration of the founding, residence, taxation, and customs payments of […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2012-02-17
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    China: New Rules on Foreign Direct Investment with Renminbi (Dec. 22, 2011) 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 yuan) funds. Although a pilot program of RMB settlement for cross-border trade had been launched in 2009, Chinese regulators recently issued the following two rules to […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2011-12-22