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Adapting Your China WFOE to Service China's Consumers

Published: July 2014

In this issue of China Briefing, we look at the challenges posed to manufacturers amidst China’s rising labor costs and stricter environmental regulations. Many foreign investors are relocating their factories in China to other countries. Manufacturing WFOEs in China should adapt by expanding their business scope to include distribution and determining suitable supply chain solutions, which will allow them to import goods manufactured elsewhere into China and sell to its market.


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Strategies for Repatriating Profit from China

Published: June 2014

In this issue of China Briefing, we guide you through the different channels for repatriating profits, including via intercompany expenses (i.e., charging service fees and royalties to the Chinese subsidiary) and loans. We also cover the requirements and procedures for repatriating dividends, as well as how to take advantage of lowered tax rates under double tax avoidance treaties


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Industry Specific Licenses and Certifications in China

Published: May 2014

Before a foreign company decides to bring its products or services to the Chinese market, it is important to first acquire a firm understanding of the relevant regulatory environment. As such, in this issue of China Briefing we provide an overview of the licensing schemes for industrial products; food production, distribution and catering services; and advertising. We also introduce two important types of certification in China: the CCC and the China Energy Label (CEL).


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China Retail Industry Report 2014

Published: April 2014

In this special edition of China Briefing, we provide an overview of the retail industry in China and the procedures for setting up a retail shop, focusing specifically on brick-and-mortar physical retail stores. Further, we have invited our partner Direct HR to offer some insights on the talent landscape in the retail industry, as well as tips for recruiting retail personnel in China. We hope you will find this issue informative and helpful as you explore the many opportunities for setting up a retail business in China.


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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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