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China: Eight Laws Amended to Require New, Unified National Legal Profession Qualification Examination

(Nov. 10, 2017) On September 1, 2017, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) of China passed a decision on amending eight laws to institute a new unified national legal profession qualification exam, officially retiring the current unified national judicial exam established in 2010.  (Quanguo Renmin Daibiao Dahui Changwu Weiyuan Hui Guanyu Xiugai Zhongguo Renmin […]

China: Revised Regulations on Religious Affairs

(Nov. 9, 2017) On September 7, 2017, China’s State Council released a revised version of the Religious Affairs Regulations (Regulations), which will take effect on February 1, 2018; the Standing Committee of the State Council adopted the Regulations on June 14, 2017. (Zhonghua Renmin Gonghe Guo Guowu Yuan Ling Di 686 Hao: Zongjiao Shiwu Tiaoli […]

China/Hong Kong/Macau: Penalization of Disrespect for National Anthem Under Tenth Criminal Code Amendment

(Nov. 8, 2017) On November 4, 2017, that the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) adopted an amendment to the country’s Criminal Code to include criminal sanctions, including up to three years of imprisonment, for disrespecting the national anthem. (Amendment (10) to the Criminal Code of […]

China: Regulators Ban Companies from Raising Money Through Virtual Currencies

(Oct. 19, 2017) On September 4, 2017, seven government administrations in China – the People’s Bank of China, the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, the China Banking Regulatory Commission, the China Securities Regulatory Commission, and the China […]

China: New Rules on Overseas Investment Released

(Sept. 7, 2017) On August 18, 2017, China’s State Council released a set of new rules directing Chinese companies’ overseas investment. According to the Opinions on Further Guiding and Regulating the Direction of Overseas Investment (Guiding Opinions), investments in the real estate, hotel, cinema, entertainment industry, and sports club sectors will be subject to government […]

China: Judicial Interpretation on Infringement of Personal Information Released

(Sept. 1, 2017) In May 2017, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP, the prosecutor) released a judicial interpretation on infringement of personal information in criminal cases. Effective June 1, 2017, the interpretation defines the scope of personal information under the Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and […]

China: Banks Ordered to Report Overseas Transactions of Chinese Bank Cards

(Aug. 10, 2017) In June 2017, China’s foreign exchange regulator, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), ordered banks in China to collect information, on a daily basis, of overseas transactions made on Chinese bank cards. Starting September 1, 2017, any overseas cash withdrawal or single purchase made with an amount of more than RMB1,000 […]

China: National Plan on Banning “Foreign Garbage” and Reducing Solid Waste Imports

(Aug. 8, 2017) On July 27, 2017, China’s State Council released the Implementation Plan on Banning Entry of Foreign Garbage and Reforming the Administrative System of Solid Waste Importation (Plan). The Plan announces that by the end of 2017 solid waste posing a serious threat to the environment and causing widespread public concern will be […]

China: Catalog of Foreign Investment Industries Updated

(Aug. 7, 2017) On June 28, 2017, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) released the 2017 edition of the Catalog for the Guidance of Foreign Investment Industries, which came into effect on July 28, 2017 (2017 Catalog). The 2017 Catalog cuts 30 “special administrative measures” restricting foreign investment, from […]

China/Hong Kong: National Anthem Law Under Consideration

(July 18, 2017) On June 27, 2017, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) published a draft National Anthem Law for consideration. The public has one month, from June 28 to July 27, to submit their opinions on the draft.  (Guoge Fa Cao’an Zhengqiu Yijian [Draft National Anthem Law Soliciting Public Opinions], NPC […]