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China: New Medical Supplies Export-Control Measures Issued

(May 13, 2020) On April 25, 2020, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), the General Administration of Customs (Customs), and the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) jointly issued the Announcement on Further Strengthening Quality Oversight for Exported Pandemic Prevention and Control Supplies (English translation). The announcement eases a previous restriction that required medical supplies needed […]

Singapore: COVID-19 Control Orders Extended to June 1

(May 7, 2020) On April 30, 2020, Singapore’s minister for health made an amendment to the COVID‑19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020 to extend the expiration date of the COVID-19 control orders under the regulations to June 1, 2020. The Control Order Regulations, which had been originally issued on April 7, 2020, under the authorization […]

Singapore: Singaporean Courts Hear Only Essential and Urgent Matters During COVID-19 Outbreak, Largely Through Zoom

(May 1, 2020) On April 24, 2020, Singapore’s chief justice announced an extension to June 1, 2020, of the period during which the courts of Singapore would hear only essential and urgent matters in order to slow local transmission of COVID-19. On the same day, the Supreme Court, state courts, and family justice courts each […]

Taiwan: Special COVID-19 Law Revised to Increase Economic Relief Budget

(Apr. 30, 2020) On April 21, 2020, Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan passed an amendment to the Special Act for Prevention, Relief and Revitalization Measures for Severe Pneumonia with Novel Pathogens (Special Act) to increase the relief budget from 60 billion new Taiwan dollars (NT$, about US$2 billion) to NT$210 billion (about US$7 billion). (Art. 11.) The […]

Singapore: New Payment Services Act Takes Effect

(Apr. 17, 2020) On January 28, 2020, Singapore’s new Payment Services Act went into effect. The Act unifies and streamlines the regulatory requirements for various payment services provided in Singapore, including electronic payments and cryptocurrency dealing and exchange services. The Act was passed by Parliament on January 14, 2019. The Act regulates seven types of […]

Singapore: Government Distributes Reusable Masks to All Households

(Apr. 6, 2020) In remarks on the coronavirus situation delivered on April 3, 2020, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the government of Singapore would no longer discourage people who are well from wearing protective masks. Rather, according to the prime minister, the government would distribute reusable masks to all households in Singapore beginning […]

China: Legislative Decision Passed to Punish Trade and Consumption of Wild Animals amid COVID-19 Epidemic

(Mar. 19, 2020) On February 24, 2020, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPCSC) passed the Decision on Completely Prohibiting the Illegal Wildlife Trade, Eliminating the Bad Habit of Indiscriminately Eating Wild Animals, and Truly Ensuring the Health and Safety of the People. The decision took effect on the same day. (English translation […]

China: New Securities Law with Registration-Based IPO System Takes Effect

(Mar. 17, 2020) On March 1, 2020, the newly revised Securities Law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) entered into effect. Previously on December 28, 2019, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) had adopted a major revision of the country’s first comprehensive securities legislation—the PRC Securities Law. This Law […]

China: Revised Land Administration Law Takes Effect

(Feb. 20, 2020) On January 1, 2020, the newly revised People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) Land Administration Law (Land Law) went into effect. Previously, on August 26, 2019, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress had adopted a comprehensive amendment to the country’s primary land law. According to the official Xinhua news […]

China: National Supervision Commission Granted Power to Make Supervision Regulations

(Jan. 10, 2020) On October 26, 2019, China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) issued a decision to grant the country’s highest supervisory organ, the National Supervision Commission, the power to make supervision regulations. The four-article decision took effect on October 27, 2019. (Decision art. 4.) The National Supervision Commission According to China’s 2018 amended […]