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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 […]

China: Man Executed for Killing Government Officials Performing Epidemic Control Duties

(Aug. 12, 2020) On July 9, 2020, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC), China’s highest court, published a press release announcing that the intermediate court of Honghe Prefecture of Yunnan Province had executed a 24-year-old man that day in accordance with an SPC order. The man, named Ma Jianguo, had been sentenced to death by the […]

China: Government Requires All Passengers to Present Negative COVID-19 Test to Board Flights to China

(July 24, 2020) On July 20, 2020, three Chinese authorities—the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the General Administration of Customs, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs—jointly issued an announcement requiring both foreign citizens and returning Chinese citizens to present negative COVID-19 test results before boarding flights to China. The required nucleic acid tests must […]

China: Citizens Must Obtain Green Health Code to Board Flights Returning to China

(July 9, 2020) On April 7, 2020, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and the General Administration of Customs jointly issued an announcement requiring Chinese citizens returning home from 26 countries to obtain a green health code before boarding flights. The rule aims to reduce the cross-border spread of COVID-19, according to the announcement. […]

Taiwan: Government Lifts Mask Export Ban and Loosens COVID-19 Restrictions

(June 26, 2020) On May 29, 2020, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced that the ban on exporting masks made in Taiwan would be lifted effective June 1, 2020. The restriction that Taiwanese residents could send no more than 30 masks every two months to their overseas relatives was also lifted at the same […]

China: National People’s Congress Adopts New Civil Code

(June 26, 2020) On May 28, 2020, the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) adopted the PRC Civil Code, which codifies the country’s private laws regulating “personal relations and property relations between natural persons, legal persons, and non-legal-person organizations which are civil subjects of equal status.” (Art. 2, English translation, […]

China: Recommended National Guidelines for Health Code Apps Issued

(June 9, 2020) On April 29, 2020, the Standardization Administration of China and the State Administration for Market Regulation jointly released a series of National Guidelines for Personal Health Information Codes that specify requirements for health code apps in their collection, processing, and use of personal health information. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese provinces […]