Recent news

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

China: The worst is behind China

The Financial Times newspaper has constructed its own index of the Chinese economy and tracked it since the start of 2020 …

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China: Employers may sign written labor contracts in electronic form

Employers may now lawfully issue labour contracts and have them signed electronically by new hires …

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China: Government cuts companies’ insurance costs

SME’s do not have to pay the basic pension, unemployment and work-related injury insurances for their employees from February until June 2020 …

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China: Unemployment insurance benefit increased in Guizhou province

The standard monthly unemployment insurance benefit received by workers in Guizhou, a landlocked province in Southwest China, has now increased to 1,611 yuan (US$229 …

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China: CBIRC’s whistleblower regulations start on 1 March

The state organisation China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) has just issued a set of special rules on handling disclosures concerning unlawful practises within the sector …

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China: Coronavirus cuts tourism

One of the biggest sectors to suffer from the current lockdown is tourism …

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China: Companies take precautions to protect staff against virus risk

Companies around the world have been taking precautions to protect staff against virus risk …

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China: Cities and institutions seek to ease financial pressure

Several major cities and institutions have moved quickly to ease the financial burden on businesses at this difficult time …

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China: Work-related injury insurance & unemployment insurance benefits

The monthly work-related injury insurance benefits in Guangdong Province have now increased to between 324RMB (US$47) and 390RMB (US$57) – depending on their level of disability …

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China: Employment rate of disabled persons in Beijing

There are currently 183,000 disabled persons of working age in the state capital Beijing, of which 131,000 are employed …

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China: Mainland social insurance now covers HK, Macao, Taiwan residents

Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan (HMT) residents who work, study or live on the Chinese mainland are now eligible for the state national social insurance scheme …

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China: 20 days’ minimum paid leave for looking after ageing parents in Xi’an province

With effect from the 1st of May 2020, those employees who are “only children” in Xi’an province will have the right to an extra 20 days’ minimum paid leave per year to look after ageing parents …

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China: Shandong introduces new policies for foreign talents

According to the Measures to Facilitate Foreigners, high-calibre foreign workers do not need to apply for work permits and residence permits anymore to work in Shandong, an eastern Chinese province on the Yellow Sea …

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China: 500 yuan fine for being late for work in Sohu

Employees at Sohu Inc – a Chinese Internet company – are now required to be compliant with new company working time rules …

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China: Paid nursing leave can be taken for up to 20 days starting from May in Xi’an

With effect from the 1st of May, 2020, those employees who are “only-children” in Xi’an province will have the right to an extra 20 days minimum paid leave per year to look after aging parents …

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