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China: China Lifts Entry Ban for Foreigners with HIV/AIDS

(May 4, 2010) On April 24, 2010, the State Council of China published a decision amending the Implementation Measures of the People's Republic of China Law on Entry and Exit of Aliens (hereinafter “Measures”), which lifted the ban in the old Measures on aliens with HIV/AIDS or leprosy from entering China. (The amendment and the […]

China: State Council Circulates Opinions in Promoting Energy Management Contracts

(Apr. 23, 2010) On April 2, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council circulated the Opinions on Accelerating the Implementation of Energy Management Contracts to Promote the Development of the Energy Service Industry (hereinafter Opinions) (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 25). (Text of the Opinions [in Chinese], National Development and Reform Commission website, http://www.sdpc.gov.cn/zcfb/zcfbqt/2010qt/t20100408_339332.htm […]

China: Vice President of Supreme People’s Court Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

(Mar. 25, 2010) On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, of taking bribes of RMB3.9 million (about US$574,000) from 2005-2008, during his tenure at the SPC, […]

China: Copyright Law Revised

(Mar. 4, 2010) On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing Committee on Revising the PRC Copyright Law [in Chinese] (Feb. 26, 2010), NPC website, available at […]

China: Public Opinion Solicited for Draft Implementing Regulations of Government Procurement Law

(Mar. 2, 2010) On January 11, 2010, China's State Council published the draft Implementation Regulations of the Government Procurement Law (Draft Regulations) on its website, in order to solicit public opinion on its provisions. The 116-article regulations will clarify the general provisions of the 88-article Government Procurement Law (the Law) and provide detailed measures for […]

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 http://www.npc.gov.cn/npc/xinwen/lfgz/2009-10/31/content_1525311.htm.) 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 […]