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May 14th, 2008

The State Council Legislative Affairs Office (SCLAO) on May 6 released for comment draft Implementing Regulations for the PRC Labor Contract Law (LCL). Foreign-invested enterprises have been waiting for an official draft for comment since the LCL was passed in July 2007. The lack of implementing rules has made it difficult for companies to ensure full compliance since the LCL took effect on January 1, 2008.

In conversations with the SCLAO in April, the US-China Business Council (USCBC...

May 14th, 2008

US and PRC government officials are in the midst of a flurry of bilateral visits and discussions that cover a wide range of topics, including logistics, healthcare, and clean technology. With US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) meetings a month away, and uncertainty about the timing of the next US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) meeting, the visits provide an opportunity for discussion on recurring issues that US companies face.

Logistics   The US Department of...
May 14th, 2008

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) is continuing to receive mixed reports on China's recent tightening of visa application processes in the run up to the Beijing Olympic Games in August. Changes appear primarily to be affecting business travelers based in Hong Kong and foreign nationals currently in China whose existing visas are about to expire. Whereas Hong Kong residents, business visitors, and some China-based executives could apply for PRC visas in Hong Kong in the past, USCBC...

May 14th, 2008

The US-China Business Council's (USCBC) Beijing office held a human resources (HR) workshop on talent retention on May 8; the workshop marks the second in a series of HR events USCBC has held in China this year. Jim Leininger, general manager of Watson Wyatt Worldwide's Beijing operations, was the key speaker and shared the results of Watson Wyatt's 2007 WorkChina Employee Attitude Survey with USCBC member companies.

Competition heats up

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May 7th, 2008

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) last week released the next in a series of reports intended to inform the debate about US trade with China--an update of congressional district exports to China. The new report found that nearly all districts across the country registered triple-digit increases in their exports to China since 2000, showing the success of US exporters from every region of the United States in the China market.

The analysis, undertaken by the Trade Partnership,...

May 7th, 2008

In line with the State Council's Regulations on the Disclosure of Government Information, which took effect May 1, several PRC government agencies have begun to announce new policies for making more information on laws and regulations publicly available. This initiative indicates that PRC government agencies may be more willing to increase transparency in the legal and regulatory process and has been accompanied by several transparency initiatives and a flurry of draft regulations for...

May 7th, 2008

To further promote government transparency, the PRC State Council posted on its website a list of new laws and regulations that took effect May 1. The list contains short descriptions of, and links to, each law and regulation, some of which CMI previously reported on (see "Related links"). Highlights of selected laws follow below.

Selected PRC Laws and Regulations That Took Effect May 1 Sources: PRC State Council; USCBC Law or regulation Key points Labor Dispute Mediation and...
May 7th, 2008

China's product and technology standards-setting regime is a top issue for US-China Business Council (USCBC) member companies. Difficulties in participating in and influencing the standards-setting process, as well as China's effort to set standards that favor domestic competitors, are frequently cited as market barriers in USCBC's annual survey of China's operating environment. For three years in a row, the standards issue has ranked sixth among the top problems confronting member companies...

April 30th, 2008

The Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) last week released its 2008 work plan and legislative agenda, outlining the draft laws and amendments it plans to review (see Table). The Standing Committee also released the draft Food Safety Law for public comment by May 20. The draft calls for penalties of up to life imprisonment for those responsible for substandard food production, as well as higher financial penalties.

The work plan outlines steps to further...

April 30th, 2008

In an effort to tighten immigration controls before the Olympics, the PRC government is tightening enforcement of existing visa application document requirements and shortening visa durations for "F" (business) and "L" (tourist) visas.

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) has contacted the PRC Embassy in Washington, DC, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Beijing. MOFA indicated that there has not been a change in visa regulations, only a more consistent application of...

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