Recent news

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

China: Smoking ban in Beijing commences

Today, a law prohibiting smoking in public places in China’s capital city, Beijing, came into force …

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China: Tax incentives to stimulate employment

The Chinese government has announced that they will be offering tax breaks to companies that employ individuals who have been unemployed for a period exceeding six months …

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China: Public holiday announced for ‘Victory Day’

To mark 70 years since the victory of the Second World War, China has announced a one-off public holiday on September 3rd 2015 …

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China: Monthly minimum wage changes

On May 1st 2015 the monthly minimum wage in Guangdong, China, increased to 1,895 Renminbi (306 US dollars) …

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China: New social security agreement signed

Canada and China have signed a new social security agreement that aims to avoid situations in which employers and employees have to contribute to pension plans in both countries in relation to the same work …

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China: Shanghai minimum wage increase

The minimum wage in Shanghai, China, increased by 11% on April 1st 2015 …

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China: Plans to increase retirement age

In an attempt to ease the pressure on the country’s pension fund, the government of China has announced that it will be increasing the official retirement age …

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China: 10-year multiple entry visas reciprocated

Canadian business travellers making frequent trips to China are now able to benefit from 10-year multiple entry visas …

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China: Incentives for employers who prevent or minimise mass layoffs

China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security has issued draft regulations on company mass layoffs …

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China: New double taxation treaty

A new double taxation treaty between the Netherlands and China now applies to all income received on or after January 1st 2015 …

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China: Stricter rules for hiring non-nationals in Beijing

The government of Beijing in China issued a decree on September 14th tightening the rules on hiring foreign workers …

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China: Greater penalties for workplace accidents

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress has approved amendments to the Work Safety Law in China …

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China: New regulations on work injury cases now in effect

On September 1st 2014, new rules regarding work injury cases took effect in China …

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China: Use of social media posts as evidence in court

A number of recent cases in China have demonstrated that employers are increasingly able to rely on evidence from social media in employment disputes brought before the courts …

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China: Minimum wage increases

On July 1st, the minimum wage was raised in the Sichuan, Jiangxi, Guizhou and Inner Mongolia provinces of China …

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