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China vs. Vietnam For Product Sourcing

Posted in China Business, Recommended Reading

As my law firm’s Vietnam practice continues to grow, I have become fascinated with how company’s make the decision on where to outsource their product manufacturing as between China and Vietnam, both for new products and for products currently being made in China. One of the reasons I am so fascinated by this is because so… Continue Reading

Foreign Investment in China: Beware of Local Governments Bearing Gifts

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

Recent news reports suggest that Foxconn is having trouble securing investment benefits promised them by the Zhengzhou government. The rumor is that Foxconn was lured to Zhengzhou with promises of over 5 billion RMB in tax benefits and related incentives. These incentives were granted in direct opposition to central government policy. Beijing found out and laid… Continue Reading

Made In China?

Posted in China Business, Legal News

  Before you read this post, take a moment to look at the back of your computer monitor or handheld device. Do you see a tag that states “Made in China?” My computer monitor does; my iPhone states it a little differently as Assembled in China. For products imported into and sold in the United… Continue Reading

China Bank Technology Rules: Not the Same Old Thing

Posted in China Business, Legal News

The latest hot issue in China/U.S. trade relations is the highly restrictive bank technology rules recently announced by PRC banking regulators. As reported in the foreign press, these rules will require all Chinese banks prove that their computer technology and software is “secure and controllable.” The following are the most controversial provisions: The source code… Continue Reading

Exporting From China By The Numbers: HTS (US)

Posted in China Business, Legal News

Companies deciding whether to export products from China must carefully weigh immediate and long-term profit potential against the costs of shipping and entering their products into foreign markets. The most important considerations are whether the laws of China and the foreign country allow the products to be traded and, if so, whether licenses must be… Continue Reading

China Distributor Relationships: Why Don’t They Get No Respect?

Posted in China Business, Legal News

Yesterday’s post China Distributor Agreements: A Relatively Easy Way To Sell Your Products Into China, was on how companies can sell their products into China via a China-based distributor. On Linkedin, in response to that post, Shanghai businessperson, Bill Cosgrove wrote the following: Dan, You make a compelling case for distributors. Why do you think the distribution… Continue Reading

China Distributor Agreements: A Relatively Easy Way To Sell Your Products Into China

Posted in Basics of China Business Law, China Business

For most American SMEs, getting their products into China and then marketing, selling and delivering them is a difficult and massive task. Using an experienced Chinese distributor or distributors is oftentimes the best way for these companies to accomplish these things. Distribution contracts with Chinese companies are both similar to and quite different from US distribution agreements. U.S…. Continue Reading

Beijing Touts “Cyber-Sovereignty” In Internet Governance: Global Technology Firms Could Mine Silver Lining

Posted in China Business, Legal News

A Guest Post By Scott Livingston* It has been a difficult few weeks for global technology companies operating in China. Chinese officials strengthened the Internet firewall by blocking the use of virtual private networks (VPNs), reasserted demands that web users register their real names, and issued a new regulation requiring enhanced scrutiny of imported IT products… Continue Reading

Will Chinese Broadcasters Pay Public Performance Royalties To Record Companies?

Posted in China Business, China Film Industry, Legal News

This is the second in a series of posts on music copyright in China. My first post China Music Copyrights is here. China is often criticized by the US for its copyright laws but China and the US have more in common than you might have thought when it comes to copyright — they are both among… Continue Reading

Establishing International Schools in China: Part 4 – Future Trends

Posted in China Business, Legal News

This is part 4 of my four part series on establishing an international school in China. In part 1, Establishing International Schools in China: The Basics, I discussed the complications foreign parties typically see when trying to start a school in China. In part 2, Establishing International Schools in China: A Deeper Dive, I focused on what it takes… Continue Reading

Establishing International Schools in China: Part 3 – A Deeper Dive (Continued)

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This is part 3 of my four part series on establishing an international school in China. In part 1, Establishing International Schools in China: The Basics, I discussed the complications foreign parties typically see when trying to start a school in China. In part 2, Establishing International Schools in China: A Deeper Dive, I focused on what it takes… Continue Reading

Establishing International Schools in China: Part 1 – The Basics

Posted in China Business, Legal News

There is clearly a demand for English-based and Western-style education in China. An ever increasing number of expatriates choosing to live with their families in China and wealthy Chinese seeking to prepare their children to attend elite universities abroad have combined to create clear demand for suitable schools. Our firm often receives requests to assist… Continue Reading

China Treatment Of Foreign Businesses: Mr. Harris Goes To Washington

Posted in Basics of China Business Law, China Business

Earlier this week, Dan Harris (one of this blog’s co-editors) traveled to Washington, D.C. to testify before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s Hearing on the Foreign Investment Climate in China. I joined Dan at the hearing as an observer. By way of background on the Commission and this week’s hearing, the Commission was… Continue Reading

China In Columbus, Ohio

Posted in China Business

When I spoke in Ohio last year at a China function, I met Eric McGraw of Laonei Global Trade Consulting. Eric lived in China for seven years and he is now based in Columbus, Ohio, where he and his company help American companies navigate China and Chinese companies navigate the United States. Eric and I… Continue Reading