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China: Renewable Energy Law Amended

(Dec. 31, 2009) On December 26, 2009, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China (PRC) adopted an amendment to the Renewable Energy Law, which was first passed on February 28, 2005, and took effect on January 1, 2006 (2005 Law). The revised Law will enter into effect on […]

China: Rules on Foreign-Invested Partnerships Issued

(Dec. 7, 2009) On December 2, 2009, the Administrative Measures for Foreign Enterprises and Individuals Establishing Partnership Enterprises in China were published on Xinhuanet, the online news service of the Chinese government's Xinhua News Agency, after having been issued earlier by the State Council. Effective from March 1, 2010, the Measures allow foreign investors to […]

China: National People’s Congress Resolution on Climate Change

(Nov. 27, 2009) On August 27, 2009, the National People's Congress of China (NPC) Standing Committee adopted a Resolution on Actively Responding to Climate Change. This is the first resolution of its kind adopted by the top legislature of China to deal with climate change. The Resolution recognizes that “to actively respond to climate change […]

Brazil; China: Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance Treaty

(Nov. 20, 2009) On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available at The treaty was signed in Beijing by China's Foreign Minister, Yang Jiechi, and Brazil's […]

China: “Cash for Clunkers” Programs

(Oct. 1, 2009) On June 1, 2009, the General Office of China's State Council announced a plan for an automobile and electronic appliance “old swap new” program, which was formulated by the National Development and Reform Commission and four other ministries and approved by the State Council (Guo Ban Fa [2009] No. 44 ). The […]

China: Healthcare Reform: National Essential Medicine System to Be Established

(Aug. 25, 2009) On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing the National Essential Medicine System (Opinions). On the same day, the MOH published a list of […]

Hong Kong: Environmental Levy on Plastic Shopping Bags

(July 17, 2009) Effective July 7, 2009, registered retailers in Hong Kong are no longer allowed to provide free plastic shopping bags for customers; for each plastic shopping bag requested by the customer, the retailers must charge an environmental levy of HKD0.50 (about US$0.065), as prescribed by the Product Eco-Responsibility (Plastic Shopping Bags) Regulation. The […]

China: Statistics Law Revised to Crack Down on Falsifying Data

(July 9, 2009) On June 27, 2009, the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress adopted a revised Statistics Law. The law was first enacted in 1984 and revised once, in 1996. Effective from the first day of next year, the newly revised Statistics Law is expected to crack down on falsifying statistical data by […]

China: The National People’s Congress Abolishes Eight National Laws

(July 2, 2009) On June 27, 2009, the Ninth Session of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) abolished eight national laws that are “out-dated” or “redundant.” Their abolition took effect immediately. This is the first time in the past more than 20 years that the top legislative body of China has […]

China: Government Denies “Buy China” Is in Stimulus Package

(July 1, 2009) On June 26, 2009, a joint statement made by the spokesmen of the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and of the National Development and Reform Committee (NDRC) was published by the official government news agency, Xinhua. The statement denied that China has imposed a “Buy China” order as part of its stimulus package […]