Economy & Trade

China Coronavirus Updates: Latest Developments and Business Advisory


Our daily updates on the latest events as they occur, together with ongoing advisory on how best to manage your China business exposure during COVID-19.

Are China Port Closures to Blame for Continued Supply Chain Disruption?


China port closures only add pressure to already strained supply chains. We look at what has sustained the global logistics crisis and outlook for 2022.

Belt and Road Weekly Investor Intelligence #65


In this edition, we discuss China’s digital yuan, generating revenue from the BRI, Russia-Iran trade, Asian exposure to Russia sanctions, and other global Belt & Road news.

China Launches Digital Yuan App - All You Need to Know


The digital yuan app is now available for download in select cities in China. We explain how it works, who can use it to pay with e-CNY, and much more.

China's SOE Reforms Continuing with Foreign Investment, Management Restructuring, and Global IPOs


Greater transparency and international standards are developing in China's largest businesses.

2022 Chinese New Year: How Foreign Businesses Should Prepare in the COVID Context


We discuss how the 2022 Chinese New Year festival period could be impacted by COVID-related developments and how foreign businesses can prepare in advance.

Tax & Accounting

China's Tax Incentives for Small Businesses


China endeavors to help small businesses survive and thrive. In this article, we introduce the major tax incentives in China to foster small businesses.

Tax-Exempt Fringe Benefits for Expatriates in China Extended till End of 2023


China's IIT preferential policy allowing some non-taxable fringe benefits for expatriates is extended till the end of 2023; it was set to expire in 2022.

2022 Import-Export Taxes and Duties in China


We explain China's updated import and export tax rates and duties for 2021, and highlight key issues that foreign companies should take note of.

Fujian Pingtan Extends 15% CIT for Qualified Enterprises Until End of 2025


Qualified enterprises in Fujian Pingtan Area can enjoy 15% CIT until December 31, 2025 – China’s national CIT rate is 25%.

E-Invoicing in China Gets Push with Advanced Version Piloted in Shanghai, Guangdong, and Inner Mongolia


Shanghai, Guangdong, and Inner Mongolia conduct pilot programs and introduce a brand-new and more advanced electronic fapiao.

China’s Golden Tax System Phase IV: An Explainer


We discuss how China's Golden Tax System works and what businesses can expect from Phase 4 of the system that could be launched sometime in 2022.

Legal & Regulatory

How Does China View NFTs and What Are its Market Prospects?


While China is cautious about the financialization of NFTs and crypto is a no-go area, market prospects abound with the participation of leading tech players and credible platforms.

A Close Reading of China’s Fintech Development Plan for 2022-2025


We discuss the contents of China’s Fintech Development Plan for 2022-2025, which calls for regulated and inclusive fintech expansion.

Explainer: What’s Going on in China’s Property Market?


China's property developers have accrued debt worth billions of dollars - we examine the overall risk-exposure to the economy and discuss Beijing's options.

What is ESG Reporting and Why is it Gaining Traction in China?


For China, ESG reporting by corporates is steadily assuming importance as the practice aligns with the government's green economy and social equality goals.

A Close Reading of China’s New Cybersecurity Review Measures, in Effect Feb 15, 2022


We explain the changes to China’s Cybersecurity Review Measures, identify who will be impacted, and the government’s risk assessment criteria.

China is Committing to Strengthening IP Protections. But Should Foreign Companies Take it in Good Faith?


Guilherme Campos discusses what new IP rules mean for foreign companies doing business in the country.


China Merges Three Rare Earths State-Owned Entities to Increase Pricing Power and Efficiency


China is consolidating its rare earths industry to control pricing levels, increase efficiency, and secure strategic, economic, and sustainability goals.

China's New Futuristic Outbound Investment Development Strategy


The Chinese invested Colombo Port City and Electric Air Mobility vehicles are showing the way ahead as the Belt & Road Initiative goes hi-tech. 

What to Make of the New Regulations in China’s Gaming Industry


China is seriously regulating game time for its minors and is set to crackdown on gaming contents with new red lines being communicated to developers.

China’s Medical Devices Industry: Key Market Entry Considerations


We provide an overview of China's medical devices industry and deliver insights on emerging market trends as well as optimal market-entry paths.

China Classifies Medical Beauty Industry Advertising as Medical Advertising


China’s medical beauty industry is the target of new regulations to crack down on misleading advertising and illegal practices.

China’s Autonomous Driving Industry - An Introduction for Foreign Investors


China's self-driving car industry has entered the fast lane. We explore how foreign investors can tap into the future of mobility.

HR & Payroll

Can Employers in China Unilaterally Request Employees to Use Paid Leaves during the Period of COVID-19 Prevention and Control?


We discuss the issue using a case study and with references to existing laws and regulations.

A Guide to Minimum Wages in China in 2022 (Last Updated on January 24, 2022)


Minimum wages in China continue to grow. In this article, we offer a guide to minimum wage levels across every region in mainland China.

Childcare Leave in China (Last Updated January 20, 2022)


This article offers an overview of childcare leave policy in China, summarizes its recent developments in China’s different regions, and explains how childcare leave will be implemented in practice.

2022 Chinese New Year: How Foreign Businesses Should Prepare in the COVID Context


We discuss how the 2022 Chinese New Year festival period could be impacted by COVID-related developments and how foreign businesses can prepare in advance.

China's IIT Preferential Policy for Expatriates Extended to End of 2023: Key Points


China has extended individual income tax benefits for foreigners, such as on rental and education expenses, till the end of 2023.

China Annual (One-Off) Bonus: What is the Income Tax Policy Change?


We explain the preferential income tax treatment on annual bonus for some tax residents in China (including expatriate staff) - now extended to end of 2023.

Our firm Dezan Shira & Associates provides legal, tax and operational advisory across Asia.
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