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Finding a China product supplier has never seemed easier. We now have a whole host of both foreign and Chinese online services to speed up this process for you, the buyer. It’s almost like speed dating. However, as with beginning any serious relationship, you should take it slow. We have warned you before (here and here) about the danger of buyers being seduced by the ease of finding Chinese suppliers online to the point of not conducting sufficient…
This is part 4 of my four part series on establishing an international school in China. In part 1, Establishing International Schools in China: The Basics, I discussed the complications foreign parties typically see when trying to start a school in China. In part 2, Establishing International Schools in China: A Deeper Dive, I focused on what it takes to start a School for the Children of Foreign Workers. And in part 3, Establishing International Schools
This is part 3 of my four part series on establishing an international school in China. In part 1, Establishing International Schools in China: The Basics, I discussed the complications foreign parties typically see when trying to start a school in China. In part 2, Establishing International Schools in China: A Deeper Dive, I focused on what it takes to start a School for the Children of Foreign Workers.   In this post, I will…
This is part two of my four part series on establishing an international school in China. As I mentioned in Thursday’s part one post about establishing a school in China, it is important for both the foreign and the local party to know the relevant regulations early in the process. The first step to determining what regulations are relevant is to determine the type of school each party is actually intending to establi This is most…
There is clearly a demand for English-based and Western-style education in China. An ever increasing number of expatriates choosing to live with their families in China and wealthy Chinese seeking to prepare their children to attend elite universities abroad have combined to create clear demand for suitable schools. Our firm often receives requests to assist individuals and organizations seeking to establish private schools to meet this demand. In this four part series, I will be…
The below is an authorized re-do of an article, Upsurge in online gambling in China during the World Cup, written by Steve Dickinson and Arlo Kipfer for the Online Gambling Review.   Media reports state that online gambling in China soared during the recent World Cup. Interest was so intense that gambling income in Macao significantly declined, causing a major blow to the bottom line of major casinos that normally rely on a steady flow…
China is in the midst of what appears to be a concerted government crackdown against foreign companies doing business in China. This has led many of our clients to ask themselves (and our China lawyers): “Are we at risk, and if so, how much risk?” Our quick answer is always “yes.  Hard to say.” The risk usually depends on all sorts of factors, including the following: 1. How does the Chinese government categorize/view your China…
In Part 1 of this series, I discussed how Chinese staff of foreign companies operating in China typically view China compliance very differently than the foreign company itself. In Part 2, I talked about how the views of Chinese staff can negatively impact the foreign company’s China compliance efforts. In Part 3, I discussed one aspect of what often happens with the local Chinese staff when the foreign company starts to enact real…
In Part 1 of this series, I discussed how Chinese staff of foreign companies operating in China typically view China compliance very differently than the foreign company itself. In Part 2, I talked about how the views of Chinese staff can negatively impact the foreign company’s China compliance efforts. In this post, I am going to discuss one aspect of what often happens with the local Chinese staff when the foreign company starts to…
In yesterday’s post, we briefly talked about the rash of legal problems lately besetting foreign companies doing business in China and of how foreign companies must avoid the temptation to assume that their Chinese staff have all China legal issues covered. This post addresses the resistance foreign companies (and their lawyers) often face from Chinese staff when the foreign company seeks to comply with Chinese law. This resistance typically stems from Chinese staff who believe…