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Want to Keep Your Business in China? Do These Things NOW

China today announced that it will be ridding China of unreliable people and companies. See China is establishing an ‘unreliable entities’ list that will include companies and people. Specifically, China’s Ministry of Commerce announced it will kick out of China “foreign enterprises, organizations and individuals that do not comply with market rules, violate the spirit


How to React to a China Economy in Decline

If you believe China’s economy is still growing at a 6+ percent clip, I’ve got a bridge I’d like to sell you. 1. China’s Economy is Hurting But how is it that pretty much everybody who follows China knows its six percent GDP growth figure is inflated? Everybody seems to have their own way of

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China Doubles Down on Industry Subsidies: No Exit

After the trade talks with China broke down, the PRC government immediately announced measures designed to support the development of Chinese semiconductor manufacturing. On May 8, the State Council under the guidance of Li Keqiang announced it would extend a long standing series of Chinese government policies supporting the development of the domestic PRC chipmaking capabilities.

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The Huawei Export Ban Moves to Europe Because There is no Place to Hide

As I wrote in The Huawei Sales Ban, Huawei’s response (so far) to the U.S. Entity List export ban has been one big “So What?” Huawei claims to have no worries because it inventoried enough U.S. chips and components for another six months of production and by the end of that six months it will

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Four Essential Principles of Emerging Market Success

About 15 years ago — before this blog and China became such a big part of my legal practice, I thought of myself as an “emerging market lawyer.” Back then, my work and that of my law firm consisted mostly of Russia, Korea, China and a smattering of Southeast Asian, Latin American and Eastern European

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The Huawei Sales Ban

The real economic threat posed by the US-China trade war is not tariffs. The real threat has always been the U.S. government prohibiting product sales to China and product purchases from China and focus on the tariff issue misses this. As we wrote in Who Pays the Tariffs on China Imports? there are various things companies

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China Employee Offer Letters

China Employment Offer Letters are Not Mandatory China employers often want to extend an employment offer letter to their potential new hires to prove they are serious about bringing them on board. Some candidates expect or may even request an “official” offer letter from their potential employer. This is understandable. However, offer letters are neither

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Avoiding the New Tariffs on China Products: Substantial Transformation is Key

My law firm’s international trade lawyers have been working double-time explaining to clients President Trump’s 25% tariff on Chinese products, helping them figure out whether their products are or are not on this tariff list, and helping them figure out what their options are if their products are on this tariff list. I have been

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Tariffs Against China Products: A Roadmap on What YOU Should do Now

1. The New Tariffs The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) formally published a notice in the Federal Register (this means it is official) confirming President Trump’s by now famous weekend tweet: U.S. imports of Chinese products, valued at $200 billion, that have been subject to 10 percent tariff since September 24, 2018, will now be subject to

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China Employee Terminations: Always be Careful

With so many companies looking to reduce their China footprint, our China employment lawyers have been called in to assist with more complex employee termination matters involving China employees so far this year than all of last year. Terminating a China employee is inherently difficult because China employees cannot be unilaterally terminated without cause. Terminating