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Social Insurance For China Expats. It Depends.

Posted in Basics of China Business Law, China Business

Our clients often ask us whether as China employers they must contribute to social insurance for their expat employees. The answer is that it depends on the employer’s location. The Provisions on the Employment of Foreigners in China (《外国人在中国就业管理规定》), mandate that expat participation in social insurance programs must comply with applicable Chinese law. But before… Continue Reading

Does a “Prudent” Market Entry Strategy for Healthcare Services in China Exist?

Posted in China Business

The below is part II of guest posting by Ben Shobert and Damjan DeNoble, partners at Rubicon Strategy Group, LLC, a strategy advisory firm for healthcare companies going into China and Southeast Asia and the co-authors of HealthIntelAsia.com, a website dedicated to Asia and China healthcare business strategy. Ben also has a regular column on Forbes, where he writes about… Continue Reading

China’s Hospital Sector Opening to Foreign Investment. Fools Rush In?

Posted in China Business

The below is a guest post by Ben Shobert and Damjan DeNoble, partners at Rubicon Strategy Group, LLC, a strategy advisory firm for healthcare companies going into China and Southeast Asia and the co-authors of HealthIntelAsia.com, a website dedicated to Asia and China healthcare business strategy. Ben also has a regular column on Forbes, where he writes about life science… Continue Reading

China Joint Ventures That Work

Posted in Basics of China Business Law, China Business, Legal News

China joint ventures are notorious for their high failure rate. An old Chinese saying that is often applied to joint ventures is “same bed, different dreams.” This Chinese saying (同床异梦) actually far predates joint ventures — it applies to any sort of partnership without a meeting of the minds. Far too often, American companies and Chinese companies… Continue Reading

China Compliance: Don’t Rely On Your China Staff, Part IV

Posted in Basics of China Business Law, China Business, Legal News

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed how Chinese staff of foreign companies operating in China typically view China compliance very differently than the foreign company itself. In Part 2, I talked about how the views of Chinese staff can negatively impact the foreign company’s China compliance efforts. In Part 3, I discussed one aspect of what… Continue Reading

Vietnam As China Replacement

Posted in China Business

You know how when you buy a particular kind of car you all of a sudden see that particular brand of car everywhere? A similar thing has been happening to our law firm with respect to Vietnam. As soon as we brought on a really experienced Vietnam lawyer, we started seeing Vietnam opportunities just about… Continue Reading

Foreign Executives in China. Worry Me Yes or Worry Me No?

Posted in Basics of China Business Law, China Business

With the media recently paying so much attention to foreign businesspeople getting in trouble in China, the phones of our firm’s China lawyers have been ringing off the hook from worried Americans based in China. We are getting the following kinds of questions and we are giving the following kinds of short answers (needless to… Continue Reading

Hit Us Where It Hurts: China’s Ban on U.S. Agricultural Products Grows

Posted in China Business

By Lucas Blaustein* U.S. agricultural exports to China have increased by 120% since 2008, to nearly 28.9 billion dollars in 2013. Agriculture now accounts for nearly 24% of US-China trade . Since China’s admittance to the World Trade Organization (WTO), China and the United States have increasingly traded their comparative advantages. Daily, Chinese made iPads,… Continue Reading

China’s Horrible Flight Delays. Makes Doing Business In China Even Tougher.

Posted in China Business, China Travel

As most everyone who flies around China already knows, flight delays are maddeningly common there. As anyone who has been doing much flying around China in the last few months already knows, those flight delays are becoming even more common and even longer. And now Business Week tells us that things are only going to… Continue Reading

China Cosmetics From Overseas. Animal Testing Required.

Posted in China Business, Legal News

We represent a number of all natural organic cosmetic companies. Almost without exception, these companies tout how their products are “cruelty free” because they are never tested on animals. Many of these companies rightly see China as an excellent market for their products. Some of these companies have been contacted by Chinese companies interested in… Continue Reading