Taxation on a Foreign Enterprise without a Physical Office in China: Are You Obligated to Pay?

Categories: Foreign Direct Investments, Legal Updates | By Anna Huang

Foreign enterprises often come across a baffling issue when providing technical or consulting services by dispatching employees to its Chinese partners or affiliates. They are mandated to pay enterprise income tax in China even though they establish no physical office there. This practice triggers great concerns about double taxation. Moreover, a foreign enterprise must settle…

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A Silver Lining in A Dark Cloud Under the Compact of Coronavirus – Cross-border Franchising in China

Categories: Business In China, Foreign Direct Investments | By John Tan

First identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spread throughout the world within the weeks that followed. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has created arguably the biggest global health crisis since the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918, as nearly 2 million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed…

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Impact of Coronavirus on Foreign Investment in China

Categories: Business In China, Foreign Direct Investments | By Peter Pang

On March 11, 2020, the Chinese government announced that the number of new novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country were falling for the first time since the virus was first identified last year in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province. China’s aggressive public health policies to prevent the spread of the virus — the…

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The Challenges of Franchising in China

Categories: Business In China, Foreign Direct Investments | By Peter Pang

The franchising concept is relatively new to China. In fact, as recently as the mid-1990s, the Chinese language didn’t even include a direct translation of the word “franchise.” Nevertheless, in recent decades, Western franchises have been proliferating in China like flowers after a spring shower. Although fast-food chains such as McDonald’s, KFC, and Starbucks have…

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Investors Fear China Might ‘Weaponize Its Currency” in the Trade War

Categories: Foreign Direct Investments, Outbound Foreign Investments | By Peter Pang

The US Council on Foreign Relations lists the US-China trade war as the most significant world event of 2018 – and it seems more than plausible that this event will retain its title in 2019. The frightening aspect of this scenario is the fact that neither side has exhausted its arsenal of weapons that could…

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A Series on the 2019 Foreign Investment Law: First Discussion: What Are The Highlights?

Categories: Blog, Business In China, Foreign Direct Investments | By Peter Pang

By Thomas Mattei and Anna Huang* IPO PANG XINGPU ATTORNEYS AT LAW Introduction Approved at the Second Session of the 13th National People’s Congress on March 15th, 2019, the high-profiled Foreign Investment Law of the PRC (hereinafter referred to as “FIL”) unfolds a new chapter of the foreign direct investment in China. This new law,…

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Beware the Ides of March? China’s New Foreign Investment Law Passed on March 15, 2018

Categories: Blog, Business In China, China Business Ventures, Foreign Direct Investments | By Peter Pang

By Peter Pang* Foreign investment is big business in China. According to China’s state news agency, Xinhua, as of October 2018, nearly a million foreign-invested companies were registered to do business in China – and these are not shell companies either. Total foreign investment in China exceeds a staggering $2 trillion, larger than the annual…

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Publication – Leveraging international investment opportunities

Categories: Blog, Business In China, Foreign Direct Investments, Legal Updates | By Peter Pang

Mr. Pang, founder, and principal of the firm recently participated in a joint-publication with fellow IR Global members. In this piece, members discuss respective investment opportunities and pitfalls they encounter in their practice.   READ MORE     Share this post: FacebookTwitterLinkedin

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The 2017 ‘Negative List’ Has Been Officially Issued

Categories: Blog, Business In China, Foreign Direct Investments, Legal Updates | By Peter Pang

Negative List China

  China’s infamous attempt at exercising control over its inbound foreign investments is embodied by the yearly issuance of the Catalogue for the Guidance of Foreign Investment Industries (the Catalogue). For many years, this Catalogue listed encouraged industries where foreign investments were encouraged along with a list of industries where foreign investment was either restricted…

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Administrative Law in China: What You Need to Know

Categories: Arbitration and Litigation, Foreign Direct Investments | By Peter Pang

  Like many countries, China has numerous state agencies that make decisions that affect Chinese companies, consumers, and citizens on a daily basis.  These agencies decide on various matters such as the compensation to be given to a Chinese citizen whose property is seized for the purpose of building high-rise apartment buildings as cities expand…

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