In an attempt to improve security and reduce air pollution around the time of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, local public security bureaus (PSBs) in Beijing and Shanghai recently released plans designed to restrict the production, transport, and sale of certain types of chemical products in and near Olympic cities.
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The PRC Ministry of Industry and Information (MII) recently released statistics that show strong growth in China's information technology (IT) equipment and electronic components sector.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.