Recent news

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

China: Process for obtaining passports, travel permits eased

Chinese nationals resident in China may now apply for Chinese passports and permits to travel from mainland China to Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan at any Entry-Exit Administration window in China …

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China: Arrangement on Reciprocal Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters

PR China and Hong Kong have recently agreed on the Reciprocal Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters …

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China: Anti-Unfair Competition Law revised

The revised Anti-Unfair Competition Law came into effect on the 23rd of April 2019 …

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China: S China’s Guangdong offers 144-hour visa-free transit

Visitors from 53 nations and regions may now enjoy a 144-hour, rather than previous 72-hour, visa-free period when transiting through south China’s Guangdong Province …

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China: Government extends May Day holiday to stimulate spending

The national government has extended the Labour Day holidays that start on May the 1st by one more day this year, establishing a 4-day break through May the 4th …

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China: Minimum monthly and hourly wage table updated

The latest minimum monthly and hourly wage table covering all provinces, regions and designated municipalities can be viewed here …

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China: Explosion rocks industrial zone in eastern China

The explosion at Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Company last month – that killed 78 and injured 600 – has led the Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) to investigate safety at all chemical plants, especially where there is the production and storage of nitrates …

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China: Parliament okays foreign investment law

A new foreign investment law has just been passed by China’s state parliament …

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China: Enterprises need to negotiate the minimum wage and overtime pay with employees in Shaanxi

A regulation on collective wage negotiations by enterprises in Shaanxi Province has now come into force …

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China: Basic pension insurance contribution rates can be reduced to 16%

An order recently made by Premier Li Keqiang reduces the basic pension insurance contributions made by employers for urban employees from 19-20% to 16% in respect to most Provinces of China …

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China: Job market has worsened amid trade war, Nomura report suggests

The Japanese investment bank Nomura has hit upon a different way to determine unemployment trends – from Internet search patterns published by the Chinese search engine Baidu …

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China: Individual Income Tax 2019 (IIT)

Although the new income tax law has come into force, uniform guidance from tax authorities is still not forthcoming about the tax treatment of special allowances for non-resident workers …

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China: Population ‘to peak’ in 2029 at 1.44 billion

According to the latest study from the China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) – a prominent state-run think-tank in Beijing – China’s population will peak in 2029 at 1 …

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China: Trade union offers boon to migrant workers

Many employers in the north-eastern city of Shanghai are encouraging employees to join a trades union in order to gain a wide range of insurance-related benefits …

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China: Free-visa deals

An agreement on mutual visa exemptions between China and Qatar is now in force …

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