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Hong Kong Considers Easing Housing Market Restrictions

Hong Kong Considers Easing Housing Market Restrictions

Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Chan Ka-keung, has said that Hong Kong will consider easing measures implemented to check real estate speculation if U.S. interest rates begin to rise, but will not make any significant changes to the city’s policy in the meantime.   Quantitative easing in the U.S. has led to record [...]

May 23 2014, 1:03 pm | Posted in Investing | Read More »

China’s Debt Rises to 226 Percent of Annual GDP

China’s Debt Rises to 226 Percent of Annual GDP

Liu Shiyu, Deputy Governor of the People’s Bank of China, warned yesterday of the continuing perils of shadow banking and urged further efforts to control China’s rising debt. Commenting that China’s shadow banking sector was created using a “gambling mind set” directed only at short-term investments, he stated that the practice is pushing up costs [...]

May 15 2014, 11:28 pm | Posted in Finance | Read More »

India Seeks Investment from Mainland China and Hong Kong for Infrastructure Development

India Seeks Investment from Mainland China and Hong Kong for Infrastructure Development

In an effort to attract increased foreign funding for the country’s 12th five-year plan, India is stepping up efforts to court investors from Hong Kong and mainland China.   India’s 12th five-year plan outlines more than US$1 trillion in infrastructure investments that will aim to increase the country’s economic competitiveness between 2012 and 2017. While [...]

May 8 2014, 11:16 pm | Posted in Investment Relations | Read More »

Newly Signed China-Germany DTA Continues Trend of Sino-European Economic Cooperation

Newly Signed China-Germany DTA Continues Trend of Sino-European Economic Cooperation

As a further sign of China’s growing economic cooperation with Europe, the leaders of China and Germany signed a double taxation agreement (DTA) on March 28, 2014. The agreement comes in the wake of, and shares strong similarity to, several important DTAs signed between China and other European countries in recent years. For example, a [...]

Apr 29 2014, 11:08 pm | Posted in Taxation | Read More »

China Announces Preferential Policies for Three Development Zones

China Announces Preferential Policies for Three Development Zones

On March 27, the Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Taxation jointly released a “Circular on Preferential Corporate Income Tax (CIT) Policies and Preferential Catalog for Hengqin New Area, Pingtan Comprehensive Pilot Zone (PCPZ) in Fujian Province and Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone (Caishui [2014] No.26 hereinafter referred to as the [...]

Apr 22 2014, 12:23 am | Posted in Taxation | Read More »

China Introduces New Consumer Protection Law

New Consumer Protection Law

Among the many days of international observances recognized globally – Earth Day, Women’s Day, World Health Day, and so on – World Consumer Rights Day is not as commonly known in the West. But in China, the March 15 celebration is a much promoted event, known as san yao wu (Three-One-Five).   Every year, in [...]

Apr 10 2014, 12:06 am | Posted in Civil | Read More »

China Gets Serious In The Fight Against Tax Evasion

China Gets Serious In The Fight Against Tax Evasion

In yet another sign of China getting serious about boosting its tax revenue, the State Administration of Taxation renewed its pledge to combat tax evasion through heightened international cooperation during a teleconference held on March 18.   Among the targets identified in the accompanying press release, cross-border tax evasion was singled out for more stringent [...]

Apr 4 2014, 12:46 am | Posted in Taxation | Read More »

The Impact of China’s New Labor Dispatch Rules on FIEs

The Impact of China's New Labor Dispatch Rules on FIEs

In this interview with China Briefing, Penny Li of Dezan Shira & Associates discusses China’s new labor dispatch law and its effect on labor costs, social insurance benefits and the “equal pay for equal work” principle. What are the key changes to China’s new labor dispatch rules and how might they affect FIEs in China? [...]

Mar 30 2014, 11:58 pm | Posted in Investment Relations | Read More »

China Expat Tax Filing and Declarations for 2013 Income

China Expat Tax Filing and Declarations for 2013 Income

Individuals residing in China are subject to the country’s individual income tax (IIT), which is normally withheld from wages by employers and paid to the tax authorities on a monthly basis. The IIT liability of a foreign individual in China depends on the individual’s duration of stay in China and his/her source of income. The [...]

Mar 20 2014, 10:43 pm | Posted in Taxation | Read More »

How to Get Your Profits Out of China

How to Get Your Profits Out of China

Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises (WFOEs) are able to repatriate funds out of China in a variety of forms, for which tax implications vary according to the form of repatriation used and the Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) in place between China and the recipient country. The four most commonly used channels for profit repatriation are dividends, [...]

Mar 16 2014, 11:39 pm | Posted in Taxation | Read More »

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