Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to China as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

China: Essential reading for expatriates

Foreign visitors entering China for the first time commonly discover, to their surprise, that their bank cards are not universally accepted, mobile phones do not work and that their driving licences are not valid …

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China: Non-compete case law

Although employers are permitted to include non-compete clauses in the contracts of senior management, professional and technical employees, the courts have made it clear that this will only be permissible where the jobholder is the genuine holder of confidential data and/or trade secrets …

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China: Employee mood leave

The leading Chinese supermarket chain ‘Pang Dong Lai’ is offering up to 10 days of ‘unhappy leave’ annually to its 7,000+ employees …

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China: Multiple jurisdictions increase minimum wage rates

In the southeast Chinese Jiangxi province, monthly minimum wages for full-time workers now range from 1,740 yuan (US$240 …

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China: Invisible overtime

At the latest session of the National Peoples’ Congress, many delegates raised the issue of long working hours being a product of digitalization – with employees being expected to continue working online after normal working time had ended …

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China: Cross-border data transmission rules

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has issued new guidance on data transfers, which removes the necessity for multinationals to draw up standard internal contracts with other parts of the same group in order to send or receive internal personal data …

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China: New employment provisions from 1st July 2024

From 1st July 2024, the new company law will reinforce the necessity for companies to operate with an Employee Representative Congress – with functions similar to that of Works Councils in western countries …

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China: Clamp down on statistical manipulation

The admission that statistical corruption occurs in official reports has recently come from an unexpected quarter – the communist party central committee …

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China: Visa exemption extended to six more European countries

Citizens of Austria, Belgium, Hungary, The Irish Republic, Luxembourg and Switzerland may now travel to China for business purposes for up to 15 days without a visa …

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China: New measure to protect gig worker rights

84 million workers engaged in ride-hailing, food delivery, transport and home services will soon start to enjoy minimum wage protection …

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China: Significant salary increases for major online e-commerce company

Starting February 2024, over 20,000 customer-service staff members from “JD …

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China: Making it easier for foreign nationals to enter the country for business

The latest measures include a further relaxation of port visa application requirements and access to visa extension, replacement, and issuance services at local immigration departments for foreign nationals coming to, or staying in, the country for commercial cooperation, exchanges, investment and entrepreneurship …

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China: Revised company law in effect from 1st July 2024

This newly amended company law covers substantial changes in areas such as corporate governance, capital contribution, management responsibilities, corporate information disclosure, corporate bonds, corporate litigation, and registrations …

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China: Rapid falls in consumer and producer prices (November 2023)

There is some good news for China recently on the inflation front …

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China: Improving visa-free travel with Singapore

Earlier this year, China resumed 15-day visa-free entry for citizens of Singapore, more than three years after the visas were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic …

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