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How to Repatriate Profits from China

Published: October 2018

Repatriating profits from China has long been a complicated and challenging issue for foreign businesses with subsidiaries in the country. China has a notoriously strict system of foreign exchange controls, which tightly restrict the flow of capital into and out of the Middle Kingdom – creating a headache for foreign investors looking to remit profits overseas. In this edition of China Briefing magazine, we offer foreign investors a guide to managing the repatriation process.


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HR Management Tools for China

Published: July 2018

Rapidly rising labor costs are almost universally considered one of the biggest challenges of doing business in China. In this issue of China Briefing magazine, we take a closer look at these labor-related issues in China. We begin by comparing labor costs across China, and look at ways foreign investors can optimize expenses. Then, we explain how to create an HR strategy for relocating a business in China. Next, we look at why businesses are beginning to automate HR and payroll processing, before considering at what stage businesses should adopt ERP systems.


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How to Manage Transfer Pricing in China

Published: May 2018

Countries across Asia have been amending their transfer pricing legislation to come into alignment with the OECD/G20 Action Plan for Tax Base Erosion and Profit Transfer Projects – or the BEPS Action Plan – since it was unveiled in 2015. China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region are no exceptions to this trend. In this issue of China Briefing magazine, we offer foreign investors a practical guide to navigating the new transfer pricing regime in China as well as an introduction to major changes happening in Hong Kong.


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Cross Border e-Commerce in China

Published: March 2018

While cross border e-commerce (CBEC) is an attractive channel for foreign businesses to sell to China, misunderstandings over how CBEC in China works frequently end in costly disappointments and retreats from the market. In this issue of China Briefing magazine, we offer foreign investors a practical guide to selling to China through CBEC. We begin by introducing the market landscape, before diving in to the sector’s legal and regulatory framework. We then compare the advantages and disadvantages of different CBEC business models. Finally, we consider how to protect intellectual property in China when selling online.


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China Industries Outlook 2018

Published: December 2017

In China’s new era, socioeconomic issues such as a rapidly aging society, an uneasy transition towards a knowledge-based economy, and a highly polluted environment are becoming more important than relentless economic growth and expansion. And foreign investment into China must adapt to respond to these new priorities. In this issue of China Briefing magazine, we analyze macro-level foreign investment trends into China, and how the high-tech sector stands out above others. We then shift our focus to China’s healthcare sector in the context of policy reforms and demographic changes. We also examine how to invest in China’s education industry and how China’s war on pollution introduces new opportunities for foreign investors.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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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.



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