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Why is business scope important when entering China?s entertainment industry?

Why is business scope important when entering China?s entertainment industry?

A company’s business scope is a one-sentence description of the industry or industries it is authorized to operate in. It defines a company’s operations in China and is important because there is a large legal risk of disingenuously opera...

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Does China have a rating system for censoring its movies?

Does China have a rating system for censoring its movies?

China does not have a rating system for motion pictures therefore movies must be deemed appropriate for all audiences. Under official regulations, censorship of motion pictures is meant to promote Confucian morality, political stability and social ha...

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What is the main objective for the revised Environmental Protection Laws and how...

What is the main objective for the revised Environmental Protection Laws and how...

Overall, the revised law emphasizes the principles of transparency, accountability, rule of law, and public participation in environmental monitoring. These make it inevitable that the costs of doing business in China for foreign-invested enterprises...

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Given the recent changes to visa regulations in China in 2014, what are the offi...

Given the recent changes to visa regulations in China in 2014, what are the offi...

Both the R and Z-visas are official work visas. For the time being, the Z-visa is the most common type used by foreigners working in China, and will likely remain so, considering the stricter requirements and remaining uncertainty rega...

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The Asia Sourcing Guide 2015

The Asia Sourcing Guide 2015

In this issue of Asia Briefing, we explain how and why the Asian sourcing market is changing, compare wage overheads, and look at where certain types of products are being manufactured and exported. We discuss the impact of ASEAN’s Free Trade Ag...

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Which legislation regulates the supervision and administration of medical device...

Which legislation regulates the supervision and administration of medical device...

(State Council Order No. 650), effective June 1, 2014 Order 650 is the highest level regulation governing the registration and record-keeping of medical devices, requirements for product manufacturing and distribution, and liability fo...

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What is China's risk based classification and administration for medical devices...

What is China's risk based classification and administration for medical devices...

The classification regime for medical devices in China differs significantly from those in the European Union and United States. For example, a device considered to be Class II in the U.S. or Class II-a/II-b in the E.U. may be consider...

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How does the Catalogue of Industries for Guiding Foreign Investment regulate the...

How does the Catalogue of Industries for Guiding Foreign Investment regulate the...

The Catalogue is the framework document for setting restrictions/ prohibitions on foreign investment into certain industries in China, and is jointly issued by the National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Commerce. Re...

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What licensing regimes are put in place for commercial entities engaging in the ...

What licensing regimes are put in place for commercial entities engaging in the ...

Generally, any commercial entity engaged in the manufacture or trade of medical devices must obtain specific licenses in addition to the standard business licenses for operating a company in China. The procedures and requirements for o...

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Labor Costs in China Versus ASEAN

Labor Costs in China Versus ASEAN

Average worker salary of cities such as Guangzhou, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Manila have been taken into account.

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Countries with Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements with China (as of January 20...

Countries with Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements with China (as of January 20...

List of countries that have double taxation avoidance agreements with China, as of January 2015.

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How is overtime pay calculated in Vietnam?

How is overtime pay calculated in Vietnam?

Overtime is calculated based on the employee's current salary. For regular working days it is 150% of their salary, weekends 200% and paid leave days and holidays 300%.

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