China

After the implementation of a pilot programme in ten locations (including Beijing and Shanghai) for six months, the China State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (“SAFEA”) has recently issued...
June 2017
On 11 April 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”) circulated for public comment the Measures on Security Assessments for the Export of Personal Information and Important Data (...
June 2017
On 1 April 2017, the CPC Central Commission and State Council announced to establish a new national economic zone (Xiong’an New Area) based in north China’s Hebei province. Located in and around...
June 2017
China’s total overseas investment in commercial real estate has been increasing – there was a 49 percent increase in 2016 compared to 2015. This article explores whether we can expect this increase...
May 2017
The issuance volume of PRC-related offshore bonds hit a record high of approximately US$103 billion in the year of 2016 and remained strong in the first quarter of 2017.1 Due to a variety of...
May 2017
On 15 March 2017, the National People’s Congress (“NPC”) enacted the General Provisions of the Civil Code of the People’s Republic of China, which will take effect 1 October 2017. The...
May 2017
On 28 February 2017, the SPC published the Arrangement between the Courts in the Mainland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Mutually Entrusted Taking of Evidence in Civil and...
May 2017
On 26 January 2017, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (“SAFE”) issued the Notice on Further Promoting Foreign Exchange Administration Reform and Perfecting Authenticity and Compliance...
April 2017
On 10 January 2017, the Supreme People’s Court issued the Provisions on Several Issues Concerning the Adjudication of Administrative Cases on Granting and Affirming Trademark-related Rights, which...
April 2017
Chinese outbound investment in the EU has been growing steadily, hitting a record €20 billion in 2015 and remaining strong in 2016. While most European economic actors perceive this trend as positive...
March 2017
On 9 January 2017, the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Commerce and the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council jointly issued the Opinions on the Development of...
March 2017
In the rapidly evolving data protection environment in China, there has been some helpful (but unfortunately still limited) clarification around two areas of uncertainty. New Cybersecurity...
March 2017
On 3 January 2017, the Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”) issued its 15th batch of guiding cases. Guiding cases are not binding as legal precedents, but they are considered to have very strong...
March 2017
China's three largest bitcoin exchanges said on Thursday, 9 October, they will strengthen oversight of customers' identities and sources of funds, in the latest shift since the Chinese central bank...
February 2017
On 8 December 2016, the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China (“SPC”) issued ten decisions in Michael Jeffrey Jordan v Trademark Review and Adjudication Board, three of which...
February 2017
On 16 November 2016, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”) announced it had levied a RMB 667,724,176.88 administrative fine against Swedish packaging company Tetra Pak...
February 2017
On 18 November 2016, the SPC issued the Provisions on Certain Issues involving Trials of Independent Guarantee Disputes, which took effect 1 December 2016, to acknowledge the increasing use of these...
February 2017
Chinese banks are hiring blockchain experts as the government pushes use of the technology behind bitcoin to increase transparency and combat fraud in its financial sector. Lenders have struggled...
February 2017
On 3 September 2016, China's Standing Committee of the National People's Congress passed a new resolution (the “2016 NPC Resolution”), which abolished the country’s three-decade-long approval regime...
January 2017
The People's Bank of China has announced a tightening of requirements relating to transaction monitoring and reporting of suspicious transactions. The amended rules were announced in late...
January 2017