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Employing Foreign Nationals Across Asia

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By Dezan Shira & Associates
Shanghai, Delhi and HCMC Offices

According to a survey conducted by HSBC, Asia is the world’s most popular destination for expats seeking a new challenge, particularly from Western countries such as the U.S. and U.K. Combined with its surging economies and plentiful opportunities, Asia is understandably an appealing destination for Western workers seeking employment.

Having the right mix of domestic employees with an understanding of local customs and expats with international experience is essential for foreign companies. However, obtaining employment visas for foreign talent can be a complicated procedure in many of the most popular destinations for foreign investment. Added to this, the relevant regulations undergo change at a rate faster than many companies are prepared to handle: China, India and Vietnam, for example, have all amended their work visa regulations in recent years. For China and Vietnam, these changes have served to increase the overall number of visa categories available to foreigners, while in India, new procedures have been introduced that add more eligibility requirements for the employment visa. In all instances, the process for obtaining a work visa has become more stringent.

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A Wary Mongolia Signs Infrastructure & Investment Deals with China

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Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis

Chinese President Xi Jinping has signed off on US$5 billion worth of trade deals with the country’s northern neighbor Mongolia, and pledged to assist with further opening up what remain important and potentially lucrative mineral deposits in the country. Bilateral trade, currently running at some US$6 billion per annum, accounts for close to 90 percent of all Mongolian exports. Yet Mongolian wariness as concerns China – which dates back centuries – means that both countries will need to tread carefully to hit future bilateral growth and development plans.

Mongolia has already made a strategic choice concerning its destiny once before, when in the 1920s they opted, in a no-win independence political struggle of the time, to side with the Russians when faced with imminent occupation by either Russia or China. Wary of Sinification and acutely realistic concerning contemporary Tibetan history, Mongolia has to play a careful strategic position with China in order not to become over dependent.

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