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China’s existing sewage processing capacities are in desperate need of improvement, even as authorities have concentrated their efforts on enhancing environmental protection and solving water shortages. To put an end to the issue, the Chinese government is expected to spend an additional RMB 4 trillion to improve water infrastructure, and has openly rolled out the red carpet for foreign investment into the country’s waste water treatment technology. Will foreign investors take the bait?

01/12/2017
Source: China Briefing

Trump in Transition

What does the Trump Administration hold in store for companies planning to undertake cross-border mergers and acquisitions or investments in the United States? Transactions subject to review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) face uncertainty, as it is unclear to what extent the new president will engage in the committee’s decision-making process or show willingness to make changes to the existing CFIUS statute. There is yet hope, as Trump’s business experience might augur a more accepting position on investment transactions than his protectionist stance on trade policy matters might suggest.

Source: Covington & Burling LLP

Doing Business in China

One of the features of China’s new Foreign Invested Enterprise (FIE) online filing registration for is the requirement that the foreign investor state who will be the “actually controlling person” of the foreign invested entity.

Source: China Law Blog

Economy

Provided geopolitical movement doesn’t derail his best laid predictions, Gordon Orr sees a year of slowing economic growth, headaches for multinationals, demographic anxiety, and buyer’s remorse for soccer tycoons. Read the in-depth commentary on China in 2017 from McKinsey.

Source: McKinsey

Lower-Tier Cities

When looking at China’s startup hubs, the first names that pop up in our minds would be Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. However, the rocketing housing fees and human resource costs as well as big-city pitfalls like pollution have forced entrepreneurs to weigh the pros and cons of these cities more carefully before calling them home.

Source: TechNode

Industries

China’s existing sewage processing capacities are in desperate need of improvement, even as authorities have concentrated their efforts on enhancing environmental protection and solving water shortages. To put an end to the issue, the Chinese government is expected to spend an additional RMB 4 trillion to improve water infrastructure, and has openly rolled out the red carpet for foreign investment into the country’s waste water treatment technology. Will foreign investors take the bait?

01/12/2017
Source: China Briefing

Boeing expects China to become its first trillion-dollar market. It projects the country would need more than 6,000 new commercial airplanes to accommodate its expanding aviation needs for the next two decades.

01/05/2017
Source: Forbes

The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect has operated smoothly since its formal launch on Nov. 14, 2014. This has paved the way for the launch of the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect. The new program means that the capital markets in Mainland China and Hong Kong will be connected more comprehensively.

12/23/2016
Source: KMPG

Claims that a weaker Chinese economy has negatively impacted travel demand in China have jockeyed with financial headlines across Asia this year. But it always helps to check the numbers — the latest data show that not only is the Chinese travel industry alive and well, it’s also having its best year ever and 2017 is on track to be even better. Some 589 million Chinese travelers took domestic and international trips during this year’s Golden Week in China, which fell from October 1 to 7, according to data from Ctrip, China’s largest online travel agency and the world’s second largest, and the Chinese Tourism Academy, a Chinese government tourism arm.

12/15/2016
Source: Skift

As a result of China’s rapid urbanization – 56 percent by the close of 2015 – demand for affordable housing in the country’s sprawling metropolises has quickly outstripped supply. 60 percent of households in cities with a population of more than seven million are unable to afford basic housing at market rates, according to research from McKinsey.

12/08/2016
Source: China Briefing

China Renewable Energy Outlook (CREO 2016) is CNREC’s annual outlook for the development of renewable energy in China.

12/01/2016
Source: China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC)

Luxury brands and beauty products joined the ranks of international brands with big promotions for the November 11 shopping holiday. Five years after McKinsey predicted changes in the spending habits of Chinese consumers, they conducted a new survey and reflected on the accuracy of their 2011 predictions.

11/25/2016
Source: McKinsey & Company

The success of the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in partnering with other development institutions to jointly finance infrastructure projects is a sign of further cooperation to come and cements our expectation that multi-lateral development funding will be increasingly crucial to the realisation of infrastructure projects.

11/18/2016
Source: BMI Research

Chinese chemical companies, particularly the state-owned enterprises, are increasingly looking for outbound M&A opportunities stimulated by Chinese central government’s Belt & Road Initiative and currency internationalization.

10/28/2016
Source: Deloitte

China will be far from alone at the retirement home—Japan, Europe and the US are also grappling with this problem to one degree or another. But unlike its developed counterparts, China is aging while its level of prosperity is still relatively low. China’s population structure is like Japan’s of the 1980s, while its per-capita GDP level has only reached that of Japan in the early 1970s.

10/17/2016
Source: CKGSB Knowledge

This next round of lumber dispute will likely be more than just a simple replay of previous lumber investigations since there have been significant developments since the last round was settled in 2006. Two China-related developments in particular could have significant impact.

10/12/2016
Source: China Law Blog

In an effort to encourage foreign investment in its real estate sector – particularly in second tier cities – China released an adjustment lifting the limit on the amount of properties a foreign entity can own in August last year. Since implementation, there has been a marked increase in foreign entities buying properties in the country, but there are still a number of unique regulations and local house quota restrictions in place that can hinder attempts to enter the market.

10/12/2016
Source: China Briefing

Mohamed A. El-Erian, Chief Economic Adviser at Allianz, on why it is important to move away from reliance on central bank-led growth.

10/11/2016
Source: CKGSB Knowledge

Our China lawyers have been getting a spat of inquiries in the last few months from foreign (mostly American) companies that have lost knock-down drag out disputes with their Chinese manufacturers. The American companies have been getting their clocks cleaned in these disputes to the point that many are having to shut down their businesses.

10/11/2016
Source: China Law Blog

The purchases have been coming thick and fast. Since 2015, Chinese companies have purchased 14 clubs including English stalwarts Manchester City and Aston Villa, Spanish club Atletico de Madrid and in Australia the Newcastle Jets.

09/26/2016
Source: CKGSB Knowledge

The Chinese government issued new dietary guidelines recommended by the Health Ministry that aim for a 50 percent reduction in the country’s meat consumption by 2030. China consumes about 30 percent of the world’s meat, including half of its pork, even though average per capita meat consumption is half that of the average American or Australian.

09/21/2016
Source: China Briefing

Taking the time to identify the required U.S. Customs laws and regulations for the products to be shipped to the U.S. from China will help you maintain seamless delivery of your merchandise to U.S. customers and avoid civil and criminal penalty exposure.

09/19/2016
Source: China Law Blog

A strange and fascinating story is unfolding right now in the world of Chinese reality television programming. One of the most popular shows in China, The Voice of China, is embroiled in legal controversy, and the outcome could affect every single content license in China.

09/06/2016
Source: China Law Blog

China Briefing explains how to set up international schools and education centers.

08/30/2016
Source: China Briefing
ICT

The Chinese information security market is ever-changing, and the rules and regulations surrounding it may seem like a moving target. Identifying these standards and understanding how they can work for your business is a key to success in the China market.

08/26/2016
Source: China Business Review

New standards for the clinical and regulatory approval of foreign drugs and treatments in China’s pharmaceutical market are clouding revenue projections for multinational drugmakers, but they also represent an opportunity.

08/24/2016
Source: China Business Review

China is poised to regain its global prominence as a science leader with many big projects.

07/18/2016
Source: CKGSB Knowledge

The new generation wants control over their own world. They just can't sit in the back of the car. They want to have their hands on the steering wheel. They want their own life of mobility.

07/11/2016
Source: Ipsos

Alick Zhou, CEO of Ipsos China, explains China's F&B trends from 10 aspects: food safety, health, green /organic, packaging information, globalization, innovation, new channels and energy supplement, snacks, and personalization.

07/11/2016
Source: Ipsos