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Asia Briefing’s Senior Editorial Team Meets in Sri Lanka

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Asia Briefing’s senior editorial staff have been in conference in Sri Lanka discussing strategy and development for their various publications. A subsidiary of the professional firm Dezan Shira & Associates, Asia Briefing produces online content, magazines and guides on various topics that affect doing business in Asia.

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Selling to China

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Selling-to-China-Cover-250The new issue of China Briefing Magazine, titled Selling to China, is out now and will be temporarily available as a complimentary PDF download on the Asia Briefing Bookstore throughout the month of October.

As the Chinese government strives to boost domestic consumption in order to achieve sustainable growth within its economy, China’s urban residents are continuing to see their disposable income levels rise. Consequently, they are increasingly pursuing a higher standard of living, and one important means of achieving this is via the purchasing and use of quality import products.

From food to clothing, mobile phones, electronic appliances and cars, foreign brands are perceived as superior to domestic ones, and consumers are willing to pay a premium for them. This trend opens up tremendous opportunities for established foreign sellers interested in expanding their market coverage to include one of the world’s largest (and increasingly affluent) populations. Continue reading…


Work Visa and Permit Procedures Across Asia

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Work-Visa-and-Permit-Procedures-250The new issue of Asia Briefing Magazine, titled Work Visa and Permit Procedures Across Asia, is out now and will be temporarily available as a complimentary PDF download on the Asia Briefing Bookstore throughout the months of September and October.

Demand for skilled foreign nationals remains high across Asia, but when conducting business as a foreign national in a foreign country, it is important to be aware of the regulations governing foreign executives’ stay abroad. Employers with a physical presence in these markets must also understand the proper procedures for sponsoring a foreign worker.

The necessary documents required for a foreign national working in Asia vary country to country, but typically include a specific work visa, a work permit, and/or a residence permit. However, short-term visits for purposes of due diligence, quality control, or trade fairs, for example, may be covered through the issuance of business visas. Continue reading…


Using China WFOEs in the Service and Manufacturing Industries

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CB-Mag---Sept-2013-WFOEs-250-picThe new issue of China Briefing Magazine, titled Using China WFOEs in the Service and Manufacturing Industries, is out now and will be temporarily available as a complimentary PDF download on the Asia Briefing Bookstore throughout the month of September.

Since China’s accession into the World Trade Organization (WTO) more than a decade ago, the Chinese government has continued to fulfill its WTO commitments by gradually opening up its various sectors to foreign investment. Along these lines, the 2012 Guidance Catalogue for Foreign Investment aims to further liberalize market entry for foreign investors and improve the foreign investment structure by encouraging foreign investment in the high-end manufacturing industry, as well as the strategic and modern service industries. Continue reading…


Trading with India

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Trading-with-India-250The new issue of India Briefing Magazine, titled Trading with India, is out now and available as a complimentary PDF download on the Asia Briefing Bookstore for a limited time only.

Indian global trade has tripled from US$252 billion in 2006 to US$794 billion in 2012. This has been further influenced by the increasing global awareness of India’s middle class population – some 250 million people, a similar size to that of China’s. Growth in India has also been consistently strong as the trade figures suggest.

The United States bilateral trade with India has risen consistently in each of the past five years, as has that with the European Union – in fact the EU is India’s largest trade partner. Furthermore, an ongoing series of economic and investment reforms in India are changing the business environment in positive directions as never before. Continue reading…


Re-evaluating Your Vietnam Representative Office

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Re-evaluating-Your-Vietnam-Rep-Office-250The new issue of Vietnam Briefing Magazine, titled Re-evaluating Your Vietnam Representative Office, is out now and temporarily available as a complimentary PDF download on the Asia Briefing Bookstore.

So, you want to expand your business presence in Vietnam. How? For starters, you can open up a representative office (RO) in the country, which would get your foot in the door when it comes to exploring the market and conducting business. However, in Vietnam (as in most countries), an RO is limited in its range of operations and is typically used as a stepping stone to test the water before a company decides to establish a legal entity with a larger scope of business, such as a joint venture or a 100 percent foreign-owned entity.

So how do you make the jump from an RO to a 100% FOE? Take a look into your RO’s operations before deciding what your next move will be. Upgrading the office may be the right answer for you – as an RO can easily be upgraded to increase its scope of activities to align more closely with your company’s goals and to further your business’ game plan. Or, if that’s not in line with your company goals, you can just as easily decide to close up shop. Continue reading…


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