Why China’s Growing Appetite For Iraqi Oil Is Good For America, And The World

For the mass media chorus, postwar Iraq has come to resemble an emblem of American failure. Spurts of violence seem to be embedded into the fabric of everyday life, plaguing the country with disturbing regularity. Meanwhile, sectarian strife has continued to worsen. Inflamed by the civil war in neighboring Syria, unresolved sectarian tensions have sent violence in…

Latin America-China Dispute Resolution

LIMA, Peru, March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — With growing trade between Latin America and China, it’s essential to include an effective dispute resolution provision in commercial agreements, according to Xingjian “Jeff” Zhao, Associate Attorney, Diaz Reus & Targ, LLP, Shanghai Representative Office. “There are several choices in arbitration wording, as well as venues,” said Zhao at…

New Privacy Laws in India and China: A Barrier to Outsourcing

Indian Outsourcing operationsNew rules that significantly alter the privacy landscape in India and have profound implications for multinational companies outsourcing business to India or operating in India became effective April 13, 2011, when India introduced the Information Technology (Reasonable Security Practices and Procedures and Sensitive Personal Data or Information) Rules. Meanwhile as India inks and…

The Growing Cost of Investing in China: A Shift in Strategy

Beginning December 1, 2010, foreign enterprises in China were required to pay “municipal maintenance and development taxes” and “educational taxes,” eliminating the last two tax exemptions that were previously accorded to foreign-invested companies. As a result, foreign invested companies enjoy no more tax benefits and bear the same tax burdens and obligations as their Chinese…

China At The Cross-Hairs of U.S. Trade Sanctions For Keeping Yuan Undervalued

On September 24, 2010, the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 2378, the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act of 2010. This Act clarifies that unfair trade practices of dumping and subsidization related to imported goods is actionable under United States countervailing and anti-dumping laws. In broad terms, “dumping”…

A New Breed of Foreign Direct Investment in China: Tourism

Overseas tourist destinations are becoming increasingly popular among Chinese people who are fond of travelling in their leisure time. In line with the growing outbound tourist trend, the Chinese government has recently issued the Provisional Measures Governing Outbound Tours Operated by Sino-Foreign Joint Venture Tourist Agencies (“Measures”). The Measures came into effect on 7 September…

The Singapore Sling Meets the Mojito

Last month, Singapore welcomed the world’s only high-speed Formula One (“F1”) night race. Under the backdrop of the Grand Prix, Singapore hosted the Seventh Latin Asia Business Forum. Economists are forecasting a healthy growth rate for trade and investment between Latin America and Southeast Asia, specifically Singapore. The potential opportunities for collaboration between the regions…