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State Council Legislative Priorities Highlight Key Issues for 2018

The General Office of the State Council’s legislative work plan for 2018 indicates that several policies affecting foreign companies may be revised this year, including foreign investment restrictions, ecommerce, tax, and environmental regulations.

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2016 S&ED: Critical Issues Raised in Lead-up to G20

During the eighth Strategic & Economic Dialogue which concluded early this week in Beijing — the final round for the Obama administration, China said it would offer a revised Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) negative list next week in Washington, DC, according to statements made by Vice Premier Wang Yang and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew.

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13th Five-Year Plan Stresses Economic Restructuring

The PRC National People’s Congress concluded this month with the release of China’s 13th Five-Year Plan (FYP) on National Economic and Social Development. Outlining economic policies and targets to drive industry development in China through 2020, the plan focuses on maintaining economic growth and social stability while continuing reform efforts.

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China Looks to Infrastructure to Prop Up Growth

With economic growth moderating, the Chinese government appears to be looking to infrastructure projects to boost growth. Recent government statements on the importance of a "pro-active" fiscal policy suggest that infrastructure spending will be one of the economic tools to help meet China’s seven percent growth target for 2015.

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As Growth Slows, China Steps Up Pace of Financial Liberalization

In the face of slowing growth and what policymakers are calling a “new normal” for China’s economy, central planners have stepped up the pace of long-discussed financial liberalizations, from the opening of free trade zones and the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect to—most recently—the proposed establishment of a deposit insurance system.

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