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China: Revised Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Law Takes Effect

(June 9, 2021) On June 1, 2021, a revised version of China’s Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Law entered into effect. (Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Law (official gazette version), revised by National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC), Dec. 26, 2020, English translation by NPCSC.) The revision abolished the controversial “custody and instruction” for delinquent juveniles—a system started in […]

China: National Database of Laws and Regulations Launched

(Apr. 26, 2021) On February 24, 2021, China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) launched an official database of Chinese laws and regulations, the National Database of Laws and Regulations (see NPC Observer’s guide and review for a discussion of the database in English). According to the NPC statement announcing the database, the database entered its trial […]

China: Single-Use Plastic Straw and Bag Ban Takes Effect

(Mar. 23, 2021) On January 1, 2021, a plastic ban took effect in China that prohibits restaurants throughout the country from providing single-use plastic straws and stores in the major cities from providing plastic shopping bags. These are among the restrictions on the production, sale, and use of single-use plastic products set out in a […]

China: Digital Vaccination Certificate for Citizens Traveling Overseas Launched

(Mar. 18, 2021) On March 8, 2021, China launched a digital vaccination certificate for its citizens, named the International Travel Health Certificate, to “facilitate safe and orderly cross-border travel,” according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on the same day. The certificate shows details about the holder’s current COVID-19 vaccination […]

China: Multiple Areas of Criminal Law Changing under New Amendment

(Feb. 26, 2021) On December 26, 2020, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) adopted the 48-article Amendment XI to the PRC Criminal Law. Taking effect on March 1, 2021, the new amendment makes changes to multiple areas under the Criminal Law, including public safety, food and drug […]

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 […]