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China: State Council Orders Government Organs to Use Genuine Software

(Nov. 5, 2010) On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 [in Chinese], Central People's Government website, http://www.gov.cn/zwgk/2010-10/28/content_1732603.htm.) According to the notice, the central government has been […]

China: First Statute on Choice of Law Passed

(Nov. 5, 2010) On October 28, 2010, the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC) adopted the Law on the Application of Law in Foreign-Related Civil Cases (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Shewai Minshi Guanxi Falü Shiyong Fa [in Chinese], NPC website (Oct. 28, 2010), http://www.npc.gov.cn/huiyi/cwh/1117/2010-10/28/content_1602779.htm.) Effective from April 1, 2011, the Law regulates the application […]

China: No Withdrawal of Appeals of Death Sentences

(Sept. 13, 2010) Effective from September 1, 2010, if a criminal defendant in China who has been sentenced to death in the first trial appeals to the higher court but subsequently withdraws the appeal, the court will still consider it. This comes from a judicial interpretation jointly issued by the Supreme People's Court (SPC) and […]

China: Full Text of Draft Eighth Amendment to Criminal Law Published

(Sept. 8, 2010) On August 28, 2010, China's National People's Congress published the full text of the draft eighth amendment to the Criminal Law after its first reading, to solicit public opinions. An explanation of the draft amendment accompanying the text was published at the same time. (Xingfa Xiuzheng An (Cao'an) Tiaowen ji Caoan Shuoming […]

China: Death Penalty Crimes to Be Reduced

(Aug. 31, 2010) On August 23, 2010, a proposed amendment to the Criminal Law of the People's Republic of China was presented to the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC). The proposal, if adopted,, would reduce the number of crimes that can be punished with a death sentence under the Criminal Law. This […]

Taiwan: Corporate Income Tax Reduced to 17%

(June 24, 2010) On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of the Office of the President], June 15, 2010, available at http://www.president.gov.tw/paper/pdf/6927-7.pdf.) The new rate takes effect […]

China: State Secrets Law Revised

(May 7, 2010) On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, 2010. Text of the amended Law [in Chinese], Central People's Government official website, Apr. 30, 2010, […]

China: Entry Ban Lifted for Foreigners with HIV/AIDS

(May 5, 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. (Text of the amendment […]

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 […]