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National Tourism Administration repeals regulations

On June 10, 2008, the National Tourism Administration has announced that it will appeal the following regulations:

Interim Regulations on Tourist Complaints

Date announced: June 1, 1991
Replaced by: "Procedures for Interim Compensation on Travel Agent Quality" (National Tourism Administration Decree No. 7) and "Ordinance on Travel Agent Management Rules" (National Tourism Administration Decree No. 16)

Interim Procedures for Pilot Sino-Foreign Joint Venture Travel Agencies

Date announced: December 2, 1998
Replaced by: "Travel Agency Management Ordinance," State Council Decree No. 334

Travel Agency Management Personnel Qualification Regulations

Date announced: May 8, 1997

Source: Gov. cn Laws and Regulations (Chinese)
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China Law 0 Comment June 18, 2008, 11:33 am

"Small" Money Buys "Big" Peace

Government-issued awards have played a substantial role in promoting social cohesion and stability in a formerly restive Anhui county.

According to Legal Daily, the Justice Bureau has found in a survey that issuing financial awards to community mediators who resolve social disputes in Jinping county has reduced crime rates, property disputes, and civil suits. The awards range from RMB 200 to RMB 500 depending on the impact of the dispute on the community.

Between the period of January and March, RMB 69,800 was awarded to 349 meditators who successfully solved community disputes.

Source: http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/0705/2008-06/02/content_871013.htm (Chinese)

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China Law 0 Comment June 5, 2008, 10:27 am

Zhongsou.com Fined RMB 100,000 for copyright violation

Beijing Found Online Software Company Limited (also known as Found Online), the entity responsible for the search engine zhongsou.com, was fined RMB 100,000 by the Hebei Province Punishment Administration for copyright infringement.

According to Hebei Province Copyright Bureau Director Hai Bopan, the fine is the first fine imposed on a search engine for direct infringement. Unlike the suit that is currently on-going against Baidu for linking to unlicensed music, zhongsou.com was found to have hosted unlicensed music directly on its servers.

Source: Legal Daily: "Found Online" Fined 100,000 Yuan (Chinese)
Earlier: U. S. Record Companies vs. Baidu, Redux

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China News 0 Comment June 4, 2008, 9:47 am

3G Licenses to be issued after telecom restructuring

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the National Development and Reform Commission, and the Ministry of Finance stated that it will issue 3G licenses after industry restructuring is completed. Regulatory agencies have encouraged fixed-line operator China Netcom to merge with China Unicom and for China Telecom to purchase China Unicom's code-division multiple access (CDMA) network.

According to China Daily's analysis,

China Mobile will be granted a 3G license based on the country's home-made technology TD-SCDMA, while China Telecom and China Netcom will get theirs based on the WCDMA and CDMA2000 standard respectively.

The 3G licensing will also unleash huge demand for infrastructure, equipment and handsets, presenting opportunities to foreign companies like Ericsson, Motorola and Nokia as well as domestic players such as ZTE and Huawei Technologies.


Source: 3G licenses to follow telecom restructure (China Daily)
See also: Rewired: The long-awaited reorganisation of China's vast telecoms industry begins (The Economist)
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China Business 0 Comment June 2, 2008, 4:59 pm