Forced Labor

Uyghur Forced Labor for Export?

Uyghurs for sale is the title of a landmark Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) report on the transfer programs that have seen workers from Xinjiang taken to other Chinese provinces to work as forced laborers. Is Uyghurs for export the next phase? Labor transfer programs have been a critical component of Beijing’s Xinjiang policy, and

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The Chinese Company Chop Goes Digital

A China company chop is an official seal or stamp that legally binds the company to what it has agreed to in the document on which its company chop has been stamped. Under Chinese law, a company chop is strong legal evidence of the agreement of the company whose chop is on the document. The company chop (a.k.a company seal or company stamp) essentially replaces a signature on contracts and other important documents. The company chop binds the entire company, usually no matter who (if anyone) actually puts their signature on the document.

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Forced Labor: It’s Getting Real

For importers of Chinese products, this coming June 21 will be a critical date. On that day, a rebuttable presumption that all products made in Xinjiang violate the U.S. forced labor statute will come into effect. The rebuttable presumption is mandated by the Uyghur Forced Labor Protection Act (UFLPA), which was signed into law by

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Moving Personnel from Third-party Hiring Agencies to your China WFOE

As China increases its restrictions on hiring personnel via third party employment agencies (sometimes referred to as FESCO companies or staffing agencies), and as companies are increasingly deciding on whether to double down in China or just leave, our international employment lawyers are increasingly being tasked with helping clients move personnel from third party hiring companies to newly formed or existing WFOEs.

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President Biden’s Asia Trip and the China Challenge Summit June 9

Recently I was interviewed by Boyd Matheson from KSL Radio on his Inside Sources podcast. We talked about President Biden’s trip to Asia and what he hoped to accomplish there, including the types of signals President Biden would likely convey to his counterparts in South Korea and Japan, and the upcoming China Challenge Summit at

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Amazon Seller Shenanigans and Why You Must Register Your Copyrights

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) establishes a process whereby copyright owners can notify online service providers such as Amazon about infringing material and request that it be taken down. Such infringing material can include product images, logos (which may be eligible for trademark protection), and texts used on listings. According to the  U.S. Copyright