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Managing China's Financial System

Published: November 2017

Foreign investors often find China’s financial system to be one of the most difficult areas to navigate when establishing or growing their presence in the country. Navigating China’s tax system, and its complexities, requires time and commitment. In this issue of China Briefing magazine, we look at the factors that make China’s tax system unique, and identify steps foreign investors can take to manage its challenges. We first examine the issues that most commonly disorient foreign investors. We then discuss the importance of pre-investment capital planning, within the context of tough foreign exchange controls, before examining the ever-maturing regulations for the transfer pricing system.


China's Investment Landscape: Finding New Opportunities

Published: September 2017

China’s foreign investment landscape has experienced pivotal changes this year. The Middle Kingdom can still be a challenging place to do business, but its economy has outperformed expectations. In this issue of China Briefing magazine, we examine how foreign investors can capitalize on China’s latest FDI reforms. First, we outline new industry liberalizations in both China’s FTZs and the country at large. We then consider when an FTZ makes sense as an investment location, and what businesses should consider when entering one. Finally, we give an overview of China’s latest pro-business reforms that streamline a wide range of administrative and regulatory measures.


Internal Control in China

Published: July 2017

While fraud is a well-known issue for foreign investors doing business in China, many companies underestimate the risks of fraud occurring from within their own organizations. The answer to limiting exposure to these risks is internal control. In this issue of China Briefing magazine, we explain what makes China’s internal control environment distinct, and why China-based operations need to prioritize internal control. We then outline how to execute an internal control review to gauge organizational resiliency and identify gaps in control points, and introduce practical internal controls for day-to-day operations. Finally, we explore why ERP systems are becoming increasingly integral to companies’ internal control regimes.


Payroll Processing in China: Challenges and Solutions

Published: April 2017

Businesses in China have a diverse array of HR and payroll needs, but what different industries have in common is the need to grapple with China’s complex and idiosyncratic payroll environment. In this issue of China Briefing magazine, we begin by laying out the challenges presented by China’s payroll landscape, including its peculiar Dang An and Hu Kou systems. We then explore how companies of all sizes are leveraging IT-enabled solutions to meet their HR and payroll needs, and why outsourcing payroll is the answer for certain company structures. Finally, we consider the potential for China to emerge as Asia’s premier payroll processing center.


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2017 China Briefing Annual Subscription

Published: March 2017

The 2017 China Briefing subscription package not only includes a new magazine issue every two months, but also three technical guides that are scheduled for release at the beginning of 2017. At a RRP of USD 189.91 or 181 credits, this package represents a saving of 30%, or even more if purchased with credits!


New Considerations when Establishing a China WFOE in 2017

Published: February 2017

In this edition of China Briefing, we guide readers through a range of topics, from the reasons behind foreign investors’ preference for the WFOE as an investment model, to managing China’s new regulations. We discuss how economic transformations have favored the WFOE, as well as the investment model’s utility, and detail key requirements that businesspeople need to examine before initiating the WFOE setup process. We then walk investors through the WFOE establishment process, and, finally, explain the new and idiosyncratic “Actual Controlling Person” regulation.


Navigating HR Audits in China

Published: December 2016

Recent changes in China’s labor market have underscored the importance of having both an efficient HR system and a satisfied and reliable workforce, and the HR audit is a useful tool to ensure this. In this issue of China Briefing magazine, we provide a guide for conducting HR audits in China. We analyze why the HR audit is especially important for foreign companies operating in the country, and then detail the different HR audit models and procedures that are available to firms. Lastly, we explain how the employee handbook can serve as a year-round safeguard against labor disputes in the Middle Kingdom.


Evaluating China's VAT Reform

Published: November 2016

At the beginning of 2012, China began a massive overhaul of its tax system by initiating the replacement of business tax (BT) with value-added tax (VAT). Prior to the reform, VAT was levied only on the sale and import of tangible goods and on the provision of processing, repair, and replacement services, while BT was levied on the provision of all other services as well as the transfer of intangibles and property. As of May 2016, VAT has taken over almost all of BT's various functions, and is now effectively China's only form of consumption tax. In this edition of China Briefing, we walk readers through some of the most salient aspects of the VAT reform affecting foreign businesses in China.


China Investment Roadmap: the Food & Beverage Industry

Published: October 2016

The vast opportunities and still nascent potential of China's food & beverage market should not be viewed without their caveats. Competition is stiff, both from other international companies and growing domestic ones, and the regulatory environment is complicated, often inconsistent, and still very much a work in progress. In this edition of China Briefing, we examine two areas of Chinese food regulations most pertinent for foreign investors today – licensing and certification, and food safety standards. Both have undergone significant change in recent years, altering the way in which foreign companies must engage with the food & beverage industry, and must be thoroughly understood prior to market entry.


Revisiting Transfer Pricing in China: a Year of New Regulations

Published: September 2016

2016 has seen the release of new laws that have revamped transfer pricing compliance for MNCs in China. If implemented early in a Chinese entity’s business life, a transfer pricing system can complement and support an MNC’s business model and commercial objectives, as well as optimize its global effective tax rate. Non-compliance with China’s new transfer pricing laws, however, can result in heavy penalties for an MNC, and subsequently eat into its bottom line. In this issue of China Briefing, we provide a guide to navigating China’s latest regulations, highlighting the main issues that exist for foreign companies, and explaining the various transfer pricing methods and processes that exist.



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