July 2010

China Tightens Administration of Permanent Representative Offices of Foreign Enterprises

On January 4, 2010, the State Administration of Industry & Commerce (“SAIC”) and the Ministry of Public Security (“MPS”) jointly issued the Notice Regarding Further Strengthening the Registration and Administration of Permanent Representative Offices of Foreign Enterprises (the “Notice”). The Notice refers to the Administrative Measures on Registration of Permanent Representative Offices of Foreign Enterprises (the “Measures”), but imposes stricter requirements with respect to granting registration certificates and approving amendments for the permanent representative offices of foreign enterprises (“Representative Offices”), as well as imposing enhanced supervision and administration on the business activities of the Representative Offices. Although unclear, it appears the Notice is effective immediately.
 

Officials must report personal assets

CHINA issued new rules requiring officials in government and State companies to report everything from personal assets to the business activities of spouses and children, in a renewed attempt to stamp out corruption.
 
The new regulations, which went into effect Sunday, are similar to rules released in April governing senior Party officials, but have been expanded to include everyone from mid-level officials and up. Non-Party members and those working for State-owned business are now also required to submit their details.
The regulations are designed to prevent officials from hiding illicit income under the names of spouses, former spouses or other close family members.
 

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China is cleaning up their legal system

al capone.jpgChina executed the former top justice official in Chongqing yesterday — the highest ranking person caught in a massive crackdown on violent gangs and corrupt officials who protect them.

Wen Qiang, 55, former director of the Chongqing Municipal Judicial Bureau, was convicted in April of corruption charges involving organized crime, according to the Chongqing court Web site.

Wen took bribes, shielded criminal gangs, hid his financial assets and raped a university student, the official Xinhua News Agency cited court documents as saying.

The Supreme People’s Court, which reviews all death penalty cases, rejected Wen’s appeal and upheld the sentence in May, the announcement said.

“The facts are quite clear, the evidence is concrete and abundant, the conviction is accurate and the punishment is proper,” it said.

Wen served as vice police chief of Chongqing from 1992 to 2008 and then as director of the justice bureau until his arrest in September 2009, Xinhua said.

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Senior Government posts open to competition: Part II

The government released yesterday a shortlist of 27 candidates who will compete for eight senior governmentplease-vote-for-me.jpg posts as part of an experiment aimed at introducing elections for high-ranking government officials.

Most of the eight posts have three candidates in contention. At present, most city officials are appointed or elected with just one candidate in the offing.

Among the 27 candidates, four have doctoral degrees and 17 hold master’s degrees.

The youngest candidate, Zhang Zhihua, was born in 1977 and is deputy Party secretary of the Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the Communist Youth League. Zhang is competing to be head of the Shenzhen Disabled Persons’ Federation.

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Shenzhen starts trial of green car subsidies

german_electric_car1.jpgSHENZHEN residents will receive up to 120,000 yuan (US$17,700) in subsidies if they buy electric or hybrid cars, according to a pilot program initiated yesterday.

The program, jointly promoted by the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Science, Ministry of Industry and Information and the National Development and Reform Commission, also covers Hangzhou, Hefei, Changchun and Shanghai, in a bid to cut emissions in the world’s biggest auto market.

The State’s maximum subsidy for those who buy plug-in hybrid cars is 50,000 yuan while the subsidy for fully electric cars is 60,000 yuan, Zhang Shaochun, vice minister of finance, said at a launch ceremony in Shenzhen yesterday.

Local governments in the pilot cities have been encouraged to offer subsidies to promote green vehicles.

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