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Quasi-Legal In China: Not the Place you Want to Be

Our China lawyers have gone through many China downturns in the last twenty years, but none to match the current one. China’s relations with the rest of the world are in a free-fall and China’s economy is hurting. Whenever either of these things are true, China steps up its tax collection and compliance enforcement against

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China Malware: Sorry, Techno Geeks, There Still is no Place to Hide

In The Chinese Government is Accessing YOUR Network Through the Backdoor and There Still is NO Place to Hide, I explained how Chinese banks are requiring their account holders to install malware which allows the Chinese government to see All account holder data — financial or otherwise. We received the usual set of comments we get

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China Joint Ventures: The Long Version

China Joint Ventures With China’s economy in a downturn and so much uncertainty regarding the future of US/China and EU/China relations, our China business lawyers have lately been seeing an uptick in companies looking to do China joint ventures “to share in the risk.” When done right, China joint ventures do share risk. But when

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Update Your China Employee Handbook NOW

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, China has released and updated countless national and local employment laws to deal with rapidly changing circumstances. In the United States and the EU, best practices usually dictate that you update your company’s employee handbook at least once a year and even more often if there have been

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How to Manage a Chinese Factory

Many Chinese factories are hurting right now. Badly. This should come as no surprise. First they went through months of closures due to the coronavirus, and just when they opened they faced massively reduced demand. Chinese factories are closing left and right and many of those that are open are facing reduced demand and falling

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An FAQ on China PPE

Last week, Fred Rocafort (one of our international trade lawyers), Dan Pak (a VP of Procurement at a large East Coast hospital chain) and I put on a 90+ minute webinar on navigating PPE purchases from China. Based on the feedback we have received and the fact that a number of webinar companies have asked

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Force Majeure in the Time of Coronavirus

Way back in the pre-coronavirus days — October 30-2019 — in Do Not Let Force Majeure be a Major Force In Your China Contract, we did a post warning of force majeure provisions in contracts with Chinese companies. That post began with the following warning/joke; Pull out and look at your contract with your Chinese

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Forced Labor in China: Don’t Trust AND Do Verify

The issue of forced labor in China has been in the news recently. In part, this is due to the connection between this issue and the larger human rights crisis in Xinjiang. However, forced labor is hardly a problem confined to Xinjiang, as a recent scandal involving British supermarket chain Tesco shows. Last month, Tesco