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China: Rules on Blockchain-Based Information Services Issued Requiring Authentication of Users’ Real Identities

(Feb. 12, 2019) On January 10, 2019, China’s cyberspace information regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), issued the Administrative Provisions on Blockchain Information Services, a set of rules governing blockchain-based information services. The Provisions will take effect on February 15, 2019. (Administrative Provisions on Blockchain Information Services (Jan. 10, 2019, effective Feb. 15, 2019) […]

China: Criminal Procedure Law Amended to Allow Criminal Trials in Absentia in Corruption Cases

(Jan. 10, 2019) On October 26, 2018, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) passed an amendment to the PRC Criminal Procedure Law (CPL). Among other things, the new CPL allows criminal trials in absentia particularly in corruption and bribery cases in which the […]

China: Rules on Tax Deduction for Elderly Support Released

(Dec. 31, 2018) On December 22, 2018, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) released the Interim Measures on Additional Special Deductions for Individual Income Taxes. The Measures, among other things, allow a taxpayer to deduct 24,000 Chinese yuan RMB (about US$3,500) per year from taxable income for the sake […]

China: Rail Passengers Refusing to Vacate Others’ Seats Punished by Administrative Detention

(Dec. 20, 2018) On December 3, 2018, two rail passengers in China were reportedly punished by administrative detention after refusing to vacate seats booked by others, which may be the harshest punishments handed out in cases of this kind in the country. (Mandy Zuo, China Gets Tough on Train ‘Seat Robbers’ Who Refuse to Move, […]

China: Supreme People’s Court Designated as Appeals Court for Highly Technical IP Cases

(Nov. 29, 2018) On October 26, 2018, China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee issued the Decision on Several Issues Concerning the Litigation Procedures in Patent and Other Intellectual Property Cases (Decision). Effective January 1, 2019, the Decision designates the Supreme People’s Court (SPC), the highest court in China, as the appeals court to hear […]

China: E-Commerce Law Passed

(Nov. 21, 2018) On August 31, 2018, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) passed the PRC Electronic Commerce Law. The Law will take effect on January 1, 2019. (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Dianzi Shangwu Fa [PRC Electronic Commerce Law] (promulgated Aug. 31, 2018, effective […]

China: New Regulation on Police Cybersecurity Supervision and Inspection Powers Issued

(Nov. 13, 2018) On September 15, 2018, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) issued a new regulation on cybersecurity supervision and inspections by the police. (Gong’an Jiguan Hulianwang Anquan Jiandu Jiancha Guiding  [Measures of Internet Security Supervision and Inspection by the Public Security Organs] (Sept. 15, […]

China: International Commercial Courts and International Commercial Expert Committee Established

(Oct. 26, 2018) On June 25, 2018, China’s highest court, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC), issued a judicial interpretation on the establishment of the China International Commercial Courts (CICCs). (Provisions of the Supreme People’s Court on Several Issues Regarding the Establishment of the International Commercial Court (Fa Shi [2018] No. 11, June 25, 2018, effective […]

China: Individual Income Tax Law Revised

(Sept. 24, 2018) On August 31, 2018, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) revised the PRC Individual Income Tax Law (IIT Law). Taking effect on January 1, 2019, the new IIT Law brings significant changes to China’s individual income tax regime. (Zhonghua Renmin […]

China: Supreme Court Issues Rules on Internet Courts, Allowing for Blockchain Evidence

(Sept. 21, 2018) On September 3, 2018, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) issued a judicial interpretation on the hearing of cases by the country’s newly created internet courts. Taking effect on September 7, 2018, the SPC Provisions on the Hearing of Cases by Internet Courts (SPC Interpretation) allows evidence stored and verified on blockchain platforms […]