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Guide to the Shanghai Free Trade Zone

Published: March 2014

Most recently, the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ), seen as the testing ground of China’s economic reforms, has garnered a lot of attention. In this month’s issue of China Briefing, we introduce the simplified company establishment procedure unique to the zone and the loosening of capital requirements to be applied nationwide this March. Further, we cover the requirements for setting up a business in the medical, e-commerce, value-added telecommunications, shipping, and banking & finance industries in the zone.


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Revisiting China's Value-Added Tax Reform

Published: December 2013

In this issue of China Briefing Magazine, we attempt to demystify some of the confusion revolving around China’s recent value-added tax reform by reintroducing the basics and discussing how the reform will impact your particular business. While this change has brought about tax savings for most enterprises, some enterprises have witnessed an increase in their tax burden. Further, businesses that were previously subject to business tax and now fall under the pilot reform may feel overwhelmed by this change.


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Social Insurance in China

Published: November 2013

In this issue, we introduce China’s current social insurance system and provide an update on the status of foreigners’ participation in the system. We also include a comprehensive chart of average wages across China, which is used to calculate social insurance contribution floors and ceilings


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Selling to China

Published: October 2013

In this issue, we demystify some complexities of conducting business in China by introducing the main certification requirements for importing goods into the country; the basics of setting up a representative office; as well as the structure and culture of SOEs in China. We also summarize some of the export incentives available in various Western countries.


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Using China WFOEs in the Service and Manufacturing Industries

Published: September 2013

The wholly foreign-owned enterprise (WFOE) is one of the most common investment vehicles for foreign investors entering into the Chinese market, and can be used to engage in the service or manufacturing sectors. In this issue of China Briefing Magazine, we provide a detailed overview of the WFOE establishment procedures as well as outline the typical costs associated with running these entities in China. We hope that this information will give foreign investors contemplating entry into the Chinese market a better understanding of the time and costs involved.


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E-Commerce in China

Published: July 2013

In this issue of China Briefing Magazine, we cover the current laws pertinent to the e-commerce industry in China, as well as introduce the steps involved in setting up an online shop in the country in order to help provide foreign investors with an overview of the e-commerce landscape in China.


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Sourcing from China

Published: June 2013

In this issue of China Briefing Magazine, we outline the various sourcing models available for foreign investors - representative offices, service companies and trading companies - and discuss how to decide which structure best suits the sourcing needs of your business. Perhaps the most important factors to consider when choosing a sourcing structure are your staffing requirements, your need for operational flexibility, and which option offers the greatest cost efficiencies. In this issue, we compare how each of these factors match up with the available sourcing platforms in order to help foreign businesses find the best option for their specific sourcing needs.


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Understanding Permanent Establishments in China

Published: May 2013

With an increasing number of foreign enterprises starting to conduct business in China, tax liabilities resulting from business activities in China are quickly becoming an issue of key concern. Many foreign enterprises that conduct business in China are unaware that their business activities here may constitute a permanent establishment (“PE”), which thus subjects them to corporate income tax.


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Merger & Acquisition Regulations in China

Published: April 2013

In this issue of China Briefing, we return to a popular subject - China’s M&A regulatory framework. With the global economy slowly coming out of recession, and Chinese businesses wanting to expand both domestically and overseas (both issues driven by state policy), we expect to see a gradual upswing in the number of M&A deals being conducted with Chinese companies in the forthcoming months.


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Trading with China

Published: March 2013

This month’s China Briefing cover art could not be more apt, as it shows the famous Chinese seafarer Zheng He, trading Chinese goods with the West (the image appears to be set in what is now Istanbul). Considering this painting shows him as a young man, the time frame would be around the year 1400 – well over 600 years ago. Yet even today, international trade with China continues to fascinate.



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