Quick Take on the Fourth Plenum: The Party Will Save the Day

Plenums serve as core legislative meetings of each Party Congress, providing Party officials a platform to set China’s key policy priorities. Interpreting the Fourth Plenum – which concluded in Beijing yesterday – is essential to protecting business interests and anticipating new regulatory trends. The eagerly awaited meeting stressed the need to strengthen Party leadership and… Continue reading Quick Take on the Fourth Plenum: The Party Will Save the Day

China’s Foreign Investment Law Takes Shape

Containers are seen at a port in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province on July 13, 2018. - China's surplus with the United States hit a record last month, data showed on July 13, adding to brewing tensions between the economic superpowers as they stand on the brink of an all-out trade war that Beijing warned would have a "negative impact" globally. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The Foreign Investment Law (FIL) stands to redefine the terms and technical requirements for foreign enterprises investing in China. It serves as the policymakers’ vision for further market opening and streamlined bureaucratic procedures, clarifying standards for foreign investment while maintaining unified government control. This legislation aims to level the playing field for domestic and foreign firms.… Continue reading China’s Foreign Investment Law Takes Shape

Trade War and the Search for Safe Havens: Rethinking RCEP?

Trade War and the Search for Safe Havens: Rethinking RCEP? The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP – which would see 10 members of ASEAN and their six FTA partners form a free trade zone, notably including China, Japan and India – has had a low profile until now. Initiated in 2012, RCEP is often… Continue reading Trade War and the Search for Safe Havens: Rethinking RCEP?

Environment Newsletter – Vol. 4, Ed. 4

In June-July, the central government revised legislation to strengthen control of water pollutants and appointed a new Minister of Environmental Protection. Major updates include: Revisions to the Water Pollution Prevention and Treatment Law will increase monitoring of pollutant emissions and increase public awareness of and governance of water quality at the local level. Li Ganjie,… Continue reading Environment Newsletter – Vol. 4, Ed. 4

Volume 4 Edition 1 | Fallout from Reform

This issue reviews China’s reform program arising from the October 2013 Third Plenum and approved at the 2014 National People’s Congress. In particular, this edition looks at the effects of these reforms on companies and governments. The latest issue in English can be downloaded Here.

Volume 5 Edition 1 | Re-thinking FDI in China

Over the past three decades, MNCs have benefited substantially from investing in China. As the economy has matured in recent years, the role of foreign direct investment (FDI) and how it is viewed both by Chinese policymakers and MNCs have also evolved. Re-thinking FDI in China explores these evolving trends and what they mean for… Continue reading Volume 5 Edition 1 | Re-thinking FDI in China