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China: Country’s Second Specialized Financial Court to Be Established in Beijing

(Feb. 10, 2021) On January 22, 2021, China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) issued a decision approving the establishment of a new specialized financial court, the Beijing Financial Court. The establishment of China’s first financial court, the Shanghai Financial Court, was approved by the NPCSC on April 27, 2018. The Supreme People’s Court (SPC, […]

Taiwan: Fall-Winter COVID-19 Prevention Program Implemented, Requiring Masks in High-Risk Places

(Jan. 6, 2021) On December 2, 2020, Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that a Fall-Winter COVID-19 Prevention Program had been implemented on December 1. The program requires members of the public to wear masks in a wide range of places where the risks of catching and transmitting the coronavirus are deemed high. Taiwan […]

China: Health QR Code Now Required for Foreigners Flying to China

(Dec. 14, 2020) On November 23, 2020, the Chinese Embassy in the United States published a notice requiring non-Chinese citizens to obtain a QR code marked “HDC” (Health Declaration Code) in order to board flights to China. The new requirement entered into effect on December 1, 2020. According to the notice, foreign passengers can apply […]

China: Judicial Interpretation on Trade Secret Crimes Issued

(Nov. 12, 2020) On September 12, 2020, China’s highest court, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC), and the highest procuratorial organ, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP), jointly issued a judicial interpretation (JI) on handling criminal cases concerning intellectual property infringement, which covers trademark, copyright, and trade secret crimes. The interpretation took effect on September 14, 2020. […]

China: Supreme People’s Court Issues Interpretation on Civil Enforcement of Trade Secrets

(Nov. 5, 2020) On September 10, 2020, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) issued a judicial interpretation (JI) on civil enforcement of trade secrets. (SPC, Provisions on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Law in Handling Civil Cases of Trade Secret Infringement, Fa Shi [2020] No. 7.) This is the first JI issued by the SPC […]

China: Travel Ban Lifted for Foreigners Holding Certain Chinese Residence Permits

(Oct. 14, 2020) On September 23, 2020, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and National Immigration Administration (NIA) jointly issued an announcement of a rule change that allows foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters, and family reunification to enter China without applying for new visas. (Announcement on Entry by Foreign […]

China: Government Releases Provisions on Unreliable Entity List Regime

(Oct. 9, 2020) On September 19, 2020, upon approval of the State Council, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) released the Provisions on the Unreliable Entity List (English translation prepared by MOFCOM). The Provisions establish the framework of an “unreliable entity list” (UEL) regime, under which punitive measures may be imposed on designated foreign entities, including […]

China: Supreme People’s Court Issues Guidance on Similar-Case Searches

(Sept. 28, 2020) On July 27, 2020, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) issued guidance requiring courts around the country to conduct a similar-case search in adjudicating certain cases, aiming to make judicial decisions more consistent. (Guiding Opinions on Unifying the Application of Law and Strengthening the Search for Similar Cases (Trial Implementation) (English translation and annotations on […]

China: New Cosmetics Regulation Published

(Sept. 10, 2020) On June 29, 2020, China’s State Council (cabinet) published an overarching regulation governing the production of cosmetics and the operation of cosmetic companies in the country, the Regulation on Supervision and Administration of Cosmetics. Taking effect on January 1, 2021, the long-awaited new Regulation will repeal the 1989 Regulation Concerning the Hygiene […]

Hong Kong: Legislative Council Passes Bill to Extend Statutory Maternity Leave

(Aug. 17, 2020) On July 9, 2020, Hong Kong’s Legislative Council passed the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2019, which will increase the statutory maternity leave for female employees from 10 weeks to 14 weeks. The new measure was published as the Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 (Amendment Ordinance) in the Government Gazette on July 17, 2020. The […]