The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress passed China’s Ecommerce Law on August 31, creating a framework for regulating China’s rapidly growing ecommerce market. The law takes effect January 1, 2019. Guidance on implementation of the law, as well as for cross-border ecommerce, will be released later.
The reshuffle of China’s ministries during its most recent government restructuring has brought significant changes to China’s government leadership at central and local levels. This update covers leadership changes over the past quarter and highlights those related to the restructuring.
As the Group of 20 (G20) Summit—the annual, large-scale global government conference—heads for Hangzhou, China in September, companies with operations in the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) region are planning for expected disruptions to production and logistics.
Concerns about China’s environmental degradation continue to grow, prompting both government and industry to reduce environmental pollution. Six months after the enactment of China’s new Environmental Protection Law (EPL), the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has shown the new teeth of the EPL by leveling hefty fines on a number of major polluters.