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Will the Great Firewall of China affect your business plans?

Today, it’s all about branding and making others aware of your business. Along with networking and word of mouth, engaging in social media platforms is another great way to connect with and build a stable client base.

But first, it’s crucial to understand how Chinese social media platforms differ from those in America and the rest of the world. To understand Chinese social media, you must first become aware of their internet policy and how the government monitors and manages usage.

Are China’s IP protections stronger than business owners believe?

When U.S. business owners want to enter the Chinese market, many of them worry about the safety of their intellectual property. China’s IP laws meet the World Trade Organization’s standards, but many people still worry about IP theft, since these laws are not often strictly enforced.

Chinese lawmakers have improved these laws in recent years, but many business owners are still wary.

Citigroup making a move as the Chinese financial sector opens

China only permits certain types of foreign businesses to operate in their country. More than 300 industries are allowed, but there are still several that the law does not sanction.

Next year, the Chinese government will bring many changes as it revises part of this law.

What businesses are booming in China?

The Chinese market may be facing many challenges with current events. However, the economy is still growing at a rapid rate. U.S. business owners and investors are still actively building their businesses in China to reach the globalized market. 

China allows many kinds of businesses to operate in their market, but it might be beneficial for business owners to know which industries are currently having the most success in the Chinese market.

What factors must be in a partnership agreement?

Every business partnership should establish a partnership agreement. However, the laws that dictate partnership agreements in China are different than they are in the U.S.

Business owners looking to form partnerships in China must ensure they take the time to understand the details they must include in their partnership agreements. Here is a brief overview of some of the essential elements that every partnership agreement between a U.S. company and a Chinese partner must include.

Will the U.S. and China establish a reciprocity agreement?

It is no secret that there currently exists monumental tension within business and trade operations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Meanwhile, innumerable contracts continue to connect the two countries despite seemingly incompatible regulations, political climates and investment strategies.

However, international companies have struggled with more deterrents than tariffs over the years. A lack of legal reciprocity has shown light on the difficulties of enforcing judgments between two different legal systems. Rather than recognizing and enforcing court rulings enacted in the other country, many consequences, benefits and favors are left virtually unenforceable overseas.

Terminating employees in China requires a specific process

In the United States, most employers reserve the right to hire or terminate at-will employees how they choose. They often do not have to cite a reason for the termination either, although they cannot terminate employees in retaliation for engaging in an activity protected by law.

However, this process is different when U.S. businesses operate in China. And business owners must be aware of this process to prevent complex business disputes

How do Chinese internet courts work?

As technology advances, it has quickly become a cornerstone for many businesses. Big tech companies, like Apple, create new tech products every year. Others, like Amazon, primarily conduct all of their business online. 

In response to the increase of business' internet components, China established online courts to handle the legal issues that arise in this area of business.

What to consider when choosing a location for your business

Despite all of the differences that exist between the U.S. and Chinese markets, there are several aspects of forming a business that do not change.

One of the most important aspects business owners must consider carefully is the location of their business. Business owners must ensure that the location they choose serves their business' needs and complies with Chinese laws and regulations. 

Do recent Apple concerns show risks of partnerships?

In a recent blog post, we discussed how many companies establish a presence in China through joint ventures. However, just as many U.S. companies expand their business through partnerships with Chinese companies and manufacturers. 

However, U.S. companies must take great care when considering an overseas partnership and evaluate all of the risks they could face beforehand.

Shi Yan grid lawyer
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