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Life in Dongguan Manufacturing

July 31, 2007 – by Ryan Beers

Dongguan city in Guangdong Province has developed rapidly as one of the largest manufacturing centers in the world. Inevitably foreign managers and technical personnel are required to relocate to this somewhat hostile place.

While it is true that the town exists only for factories and production, those who are being sent there do not need to despair. Dongguan has many new luxury leisure facilities (including a new Hyatt Regency and golf courses), and is well located next to Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Good highway and rail systems link all of these cities.

Professional services, such as Lehman, Lee & Xu China legal services for foreign companies, can be accessed in Shenzhen CBD. Dongguan’s close proximity means that professionals and service providers from Shenzhen can often flexibly travel to premises in Dongguan. Also, foreign diplomatic missions and consular assistance can be found in neighboring Guangzhou. Traveling time between Dongguan and both Shenzhen and Guangzhou is well under one hour by highway or train.

Also, Dongguan expats will enjoy camaraderie with other expats living in Dongguan and the nearby Shenzhen expats.

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China Culture 4 Comment July 31, 2007, 4:52 pm

Waiting at Hongqiao

July 30, 2007- by Adam Feeney

Howard French wrote this amusing International Herald Tribune article about recent delays at Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport. ...

Shanghai 0 Comment July 30, 2007, 4:07 pm

New rules for law firms to provide securities legal services

July 29, 2007 - by Fleur Chen

The new Regulation on Law Firms Engaging in Securities Legal Services came into force on May 1, 2007, there are very detailed rules regard...

China Blawg's thoughts 2 Comment July 30, 2007, 9:23 am

Lehman, Lee & Xu's English Translation of the New Labour Contract Law and Highlights

July 27, 2007 - by Greg

There has been substantial discussion about the labour contract law in the past few weeks. The firm has also taken substantial interest in the law, as it is set to affect all Mainland businesses starting January 1, 2008.

The firm has translated the Labour Contract Law into English which may be viewed here.

Additionally, you may also read an article highlighting the major changes in the law by clicking here.
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China Law 1 Comment July 27, 2007, 6:32 pm

Whether the Owners’ Committee of Residential District has the Qualification as Legal Person

July 25, 2007 – by Huang Haibin

On 23 July, at the 13th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Fourth [url=http://203.175.155.228:7001/szrd/index.do][color=orange]People’s Congress of Shenzhen ...

China Culture 0 Comment July 27, 2007, 4:50 pm

Save the Planet: Turn Down the AC

July 27, 2007 by Adam Feeney

Apparently, in several office buildings in Lujiazui, the financial hub of Pudong, it is shorts and t-shirt day. Workers in these buildings have been encouraged leave their dress clothes at home and wear cool and casual summer clothes in order to allow the buildings to raise their air conditioning temperatures. This is all in an effort to curb Shanghai’s energy consumption and protect the environment.
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China Culture 0 Comment July 27, 2007, 12:18 pm

Foreigners Need to Comply with National Property Ownership Laws

July 26, 2007 by Adam Feeney

A recent Wall Street Journal article by Denis McMahon says that the prices of luxury properties are again rising in Shanghai after years of price stagnation following a 2005 tax increase by the Shanghai government. The article points out that prices for high-end residential units in downtown Shanghai have risen as much as 30% in the past three months.
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Shanghai 1 Comment July 26, 2007, 2:42 pm

Celebrating the Lanes of Shanghai

July 25, 2007-by Adam Feeney

A friend recently sent me this New York Times article about the author’s move from New York to Shanghai, where she has been settling into a lane house. My fiancée and I currently have the good fortune of living in an apartment in an old lane complex similar to the one described in this article. Living in such a complex affords priceless sanctuary from Shanghai’s bustling, chaotic streets. However, lane complexes like these are vanishing as many are being demolished to make way for the 2010 World Expo, subway expansion and other construction projects. ...

China Culture 1 Comment July 25, 2007, 11:26 am

Chinese Sign Requirement Means Companies Need to Protect New Chinese Names

July 25, 2007- by Adam Feeney

As previously reported on this blog, the Shanghai government has begun to require businesses with foreign language signs to add
Chinese characters . This means that businesses that had previously been operating only under a foreign language name now must add a Chinese character translation of their name. Lehman, Lee & Xu urges companies that are operating with a Chinese name for the first time to register this Chinese name as a trademark in addition to their foreign-language name. ...

China Culture 1 Comment July 25, 2007, 10:27 am

Pearl River Delta – Business and Leisure

July 24, 2007 – by Ryan Beers

The Pearl River Delta is unlike any other place in China in that it has so many major cosmopolitan, ...

China Culture 0 Comment July 24, 2007, 5:06 pm

Prestigious Law School in Shanghai

Shanghai Jiao Tong University is one of the oldest Universities in China and was founded in 1896 by [url=http://en.wikip...

Shanghai 0 Comment July 24, 2007, 1:31 pm

VOTE FOR CHINA BLAWG!

China Blawg is in the running for the best China blog in the law and business category on Chinalyst.

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There are many quality blogs on China, and many of them are competing for this award. China Blawg wishes all the bloggers best of luck – but of course, we would still prefer to get more votes than they do!

Vote for China Blawg HERE!
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China Blawg (en) 1 Comment July 23, 2007, 2:34 pm

Warren's Wisdom

July 23, 2007 - by Will Fung



I have been doing a lot of soul-searching of late and examining what a life worth pursuing could be.

Things like family, relationship, career advancement, work, investment, wealth accumulation, material possession etc, are all elements of the many little "things" or "items" one would normally consider, to formulate one's goal in life.

I thank God for having been blessed with a very supportive family, and from time to time we share with one another inspirational words of encouragement, quotes of wisdom, and the occasional 'reminder' not to lose track of life.

I would like to share with you what my eldest brother Jay shared with me over the weekend, the wisdom of Warren Buffett. Although this may be a little 'out-dated' in terms of timing, it is never OUTDATED in terms of substance. Here it is on Youtube:
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China Blawg's thoughts 2 Comment July 23, 2007, 10:41 am

Cyber Wave Hits China

July 20, 2007 - by Robin

What happens when online craze hits the world's most populous country? Well...it only gets crazier. China's rapid Internet growth is viewed by many as unprecedented despite its yearly per capita GDP of less than USD 2,000. From online gaming, online video, online auction, online shopping, to online dating, China is well on its way to become the world's largest market for each of these domains. One just has to look at the figures to understand why this is so. China's online dating market is expected to reach RMB 653 million or about USD 81 million by 2008, with an annual growth rate of 60 percent. The online games industry in China has recorded massive growth in 2006, with revenues up 73.5 percent over 2005 to a total of RMB 6.54 billion (USD 839 million). The Chinese e-commerce market generated sales of RMB 1.10 trillion in 2006, up 52 percent from 2005 according to CCID Consulting, a leading Chinese IT market research and consulting company. And the list goes on.

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According to a recent report published by the China Internet Network Information Center China Internet Network Information Center, there were about 162 million Internet users in China at the end of June 2007, approximately 12.5 percent of China's population, and the number is spiraling at a blistering pace. ...

China News 1 Comment July 20, 2007, 6:15 pm

Does China's New Labor Contract Law Better Protect Intellectual Property Owners?

July 20, 2007
A Letter From Edward Lehman


Foolish or insightful, an idiot or a visionary, I am the very first (and so far only) foreign intellectual property lawyer to be a resident in China for twenty years (Beijing and Shanghai), and the first (and so far only) foreigner to manage a Chinese patent and trademark practice in this great nation. I moved to Shanghai from my native Chicago at the behest of a large well known "white shoe" international law firm where I began my career as an associate to establish their China presence in hopes of one day dominating the China intellectual property market. I was sent because of my many years studying the Chinese language, my legal qualifications, and my family's long time multi-generational connection to intellectual property in the United States.

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Boy, was I in for a surprise! I arrived two years after the first IP laws were written and implemented and only one patent and trademark agency existed in the country (now there are thousands). Further, the new laws were not that great and few people and MNC's were interested in protecting their IP rights in China anyway as the country seemed closed to the outside world and business here seemed unimaginable for most. However, I was that unusual mixture of young, enthusiastic, ignorant, and arrogant, so I plodded onwards to make my mark in the most populous county in the world.
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China Law 1 Comment July 20, 2007, 5:40 pm

IP Rights and the New Labour Contract Law

July 19, 2007 - by Greg Sy

In recent days, much attention has been paid to China's new Labour Contract Law, promulgated on June 29, 2007 and effective January 1, 2008. Though the law has been given attention for the benefits it will bring to the protection of Chinese workers, the law also provides protection for employers' intellectual property rights. As China is reputed for its theft of intellectual property, including business secrets and other proprietary information, the Labour Contract Law should provide additional protection for employers, both in terms of confidentiality and use of such confidential information through more explicit regulations on non-compete periods for former employees.

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Here are several important articles:
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China Law 1 Comment July 19, 2007, 2:08 pm

US Creates New Import Safety Panel

July 19. 2007 - by Adam Feeney

US President George Bush created a cabinet-level panel this week to improve the quality of imported food and other products. While US Go...

Shanghai 1 Comment July 19, 2007, 1:39 pm

Shanghai Businesses Required to Have Chinese Signs

July 18, 2007 - by Adam Feeney

Shanghai city officials recently required all Shanghai businesses with foreign-language-only signs to add Chinese characters. The ostensible reason is that foreign-language-only signs violate the country's language law and obstruct access to Chinese residents. However, I believe this policy is misguided for a number of reasons.

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Shanghai 8 Comment July 19, 2007, 10:23 am

China's "Soft Power"

July 18, 2007 - by William Han

Bill Powell wrote an interesting piece on “soft power” in TIME Magazine’s China blog.

The term, as coined by Joseph Nye, denotes the attractiveness of a society as a whole and the concomitant ability of that society to accomplish its goals without having to compel other nations. Powell argues that despite conventional wisdom and China’s undeniably growing economic clout, Chinese society does not attract the admiration of others in such a way that it challenges the United States in soft power terms.

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China Culture 1 Comment July 18, 2007, 4:38 pm

Ferrari Shows Importance of Trademark Registration

July 18, 2007 - by Adam Feeney

The following is an interesting post from China Business Law Blog, emphasizing the importance of foreign companies operating in China to register their trademarks, patents and other intellectual property to avoid future disputes. Lehman, Lee & Xu always advises its clients to register their IP in China, no matter the size of their business operations. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as Ferrari recently discovered:

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Shanghai 0 Comment July 18, 2007, 2:55 pm

"Win-Win" with China

June 25, 2007

Source "Dunya Newspaper", Istanbul, Turkey, 11 June 2007
[Contributed and translated by YASAR OZTURK LAW OFFICES (ozturkylaw@ttnet.net.tr)]

Bo Xilai, Minister of Commerce of People's Republic of China(PRC), and accompanied committee of 70 members will visit Turkey as invited guest of Kursat Tuzmen, Minister of State of Turkey. Turkey- PRC Mixed Economy- Commercial Commission will arrange a meeting which is called "15th Annual Mixed Economy Meeting" between the dates of 16th –18th of June within the visitation of Bo Xilai.

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China News 0 Comment July 18, 2007, 2:05 pm

Chinese Blogger Jailed for Giving Stock Advice

July 16, 2007

Interesting article from the AP:

Wang Xiujie, a blogger who made a business out of selling stock tips that would be delivered to subscribers via instant message, has been detained by Chinese authorities. Stock tip gurus have thrived in China's two quickly growing stock markets; however, the nation's government has recently criminalized the act of recommending stocks without a license.

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Shanghai 0 Comment July 18, 2007, 12:31 pm

Hong Kong residents buying Shenzhen apartments

July 13, 2007 - by Ryan Beers

China Daily Online has posted a story concerning Hong Kong and Macao residents speculating in the Shenzhen property market, local government officials denying ownership estimates are as high as being sometimes quoted.

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China News 0 Comment July 18, 2007, 12:30 pm

10th Anniversary of HK Handover

July 2, 2008 - by Diana Wang

On the morning of July 1st, Hong Kong officials and citizens stood and watched as the red and yellow coloured flag rose, officially marking the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to the motherland.

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Ten years went by in a flash. I remember that in 1997, being 13, I hardly knew the significance of such moment, nor did I care. Ten years down the track, I've had my share of heated discussions on it, I've even written an essay about it.

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China News 1 Comment July 18, 2007, 12:30 pm

The Italian Touch!

July 4, 2007 - by Webmaster

Lehman, Lee & Xu welcomes Miss Valentina Salmoiraghi, an associate of the Italian law firm Carone & Partners to its Beijing office as manager of the firms' Italian Desk in China. Since June 15th, she has been in charge of supporting the team of Italian and Chinese attorneys put together by Carone & Partners and Lehman, Lee & Xu to represent Italian Clients in China.

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Lehman Affairs 0 Comment July 18, 2007, 12:27 pm

Handling of Labor Case Criticized

July 18, 2007

Interesting article in the New York Times:

By HOWARD W. FRENCH

Published: July 17, 2007

SHANGHAI, July 16 — China’s efforts to bring a quick end to an embarrassing labor scandal over slavelike conditions for hundreds of workers at brick kilns in Shanxi Province has provoked anger among victims and widespread criticism.

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Shanghai 0 Comment July 18, 2007, 12:26 pm

Lord of War

July 17, 2007 - by Alex Clar

Recently, an American client approached our firm wanting to know if there was a problem with doing business with a large Chinese company that in their words was supposedly under a "sanction" by the U.S. Government. To most casual observers, one thinks of a government or the U.N. imposing sanctions on another state. Although, in recent news, the U.S. Government went after Banco Delta Asia, a banking institution based in Macau, for alleged money laundering and distribution of counterfeit U.S. dollars on behalf of North Korea. However, the case of Banco Delta is not an isolated situation. In fact, the U.S. Government actively maintains extensive lists of companies and individuals whose business transactions with Americans are restricted. In our situation, the Chinese company was listed under the Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000.

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China Blawg (en) 0 Comment July 18, 2007, 12:19 pm