China Market Intelligence
After completing the first reading of China's draft Employment Promotion Law during the full session of the National People's Congress (NPC) in March, the NPC released the draft law and is soliciting comments until April 25. The draft law contains several provisions that companies should note.
The PRC Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate jointly issued a new judicial interpretation of China's IPR laws, which took effect on April 5. The new interpretation replaces parts of the December 2004 IPR judicial interpretation.
The United States on Tuesday launched two WTO challenges of PRC laws that USTR officials say allow for widespread infringement of IPR.
MOFCOM, the General Administration of Customs, and the State Environmental Protection Administration jointly announced new additions to the 2007 Catalogue of Banned Commodities in Processing Trade last week.
To boost science and technology innovation in China, the State Council Legislative Affairs Office recently issued a revised draft of the PRC Science and Technology Law and is soliciting public comments until April 20.
As part of its effort to reduce the Chinese economy's reliance on the manufacturing sector, the PRC State Council last week issued a new opinion that broadly seeks to promote development of the services sector; the opinion includes comments on the role of foreign investment.
US countervailing duty (CVD) laws will now apply to China, the US Department of Commerce (DOC) announced last Friday.
The Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), an environmental nongovernmental organization (NGO) in Beijing, recently updated a list of companies that allegedly failed to comply with PRC regulations on water pollution from 2004 to 2006. Released shortly before World Water Day, the list contains more than 5,000 enterprises across China.