Archive for June, 2016

Paying Attention to the Starting Time in Your Employment Contract

I’m working with a senior lawyer on an employment contract dispute. From two hearings held by the Chaoyang Labor Arbitration Committee, I really learned a lot. One of the most impressive lessons I want to share with employees, especially foreign employees is to pay attention to the starting time in your employment contract before signing [...]

Published by Mike Wang on June 25th, 2016 tagged Uncategorized | Comment now »

China’s Desert Prevention and Transformation

China has approximately 2.61 million square kilometers of soil undergoing desertification. Once arable lands now consist of sand, drought, and heat. Sandstorms continue to erode the land, exploiting the weaknesses left by overgrazing, poor agricultural practices, and the increased demand for water. Farmers are forced to abandon their land. Without intervention, desertification could affect a [...]

Published by Courtney Ruby on June 23rd, 2016 tagged Uncategorized | Comment now »

China’s Defense of Public Interest

China has declared a war on pollution, and not even the government is safe from prosecution. Born from the ever growing concerns regarding the problem of pollutants in the air, water, and soil, China has won its first administrative public interest litigation case. The reason behind the lawsuit? Sewage.
In 2014, Qingshun Chemical Technology Company was [...]

Published by Courtney Ruby on June 23rd, 2016 tagged Uncategorized | Comment now »

7 Red Flags for Manufacturing in China

There was an excellent article written by Jacob Yount called Red Flags in Chinese Manufacturing (found at http://jacobyount.com/red-flags-china-manufacturing/). In this article, Mr. Yount goes through 7 different red flags that any foreign company should be aware of in its dealings with a Chinese manufacturer. I felt that these 7 red flags were still relevant to [...]

Published by Burke Barnett on June 23rd, 2016 tagged Uncategorized | Comment now »

Getting Kidnapped in China Due to Debt? It really happens.

When someone talks about a hostage situation, most people immediately think of criminal groups holding important people against their will for money. Hardly anyone thinks about a normal businessperson being held against their will due to normal business dealings. But this still happens in SE Asia, especially in China. There have been numerous reports about [...]

Published by Burke Barnett on June 23rd, 2016 tagged Uncategorized | Comment now »

China’s Agricultural Undertakings

China is the third largest country in the world, and it has a lot of people. A lot of people need a lot of food. Yet, as China continues its urban expansion, there is a rising concern that the country will be unable to sustain its population agriculturally. Arable lands are the only ones available [...]

Published by Courtney Ruby on June 22nd, 2016 tagged Uncategorized | Comment now »

How to Not Lose Your Molds in China

When a US company hires a Chinese manufacturer to make goods, the US company will frequently give the Chinese manufacturer the molds that are needed to make the good. However, problems can arise when the US company wants the molds back. The reasons for wanting the molds back can vary, such as wanting to use [...]

Published by Burke Barnett on June 21st, 2016 tagged Uncategorized | Comment now »

China’s Water Situation

In China, tap water is undrinkable before it is boiled. A side effect of rapid urbanization, water pollution levels can be extremely high and varied. For example, the most common pollutants in the drinking water of Shanghai include bacteria, chlorine, lead, and toxic heavy metals. Lead and other heavy metals come from corroding pipes. The [...]

Published by Courtney Ruby on June 21st, 2016 tagged Uncategorized | Comment now »

Make Sure the Contract is With the Right Party

One of the most important parts of a contract is to include penalties for a breach of contract from one party or another. However, what happens when the company you are forming the contract with does not have enough assets to pay for this penalty? Essentially, the contract doesn’t have nearly the same amount of [...]

Published by Burke Barnett on June 20th, 2016 tagged Uncategorized | Comment now »

China’s Goals for Improving the Environment

The environment is a vital part of human life. People breathe air, drink water, and rely on arable lands to grow food. However, in areas of industry and dense urban growth, the environment often becomes polluted. The air becomes difficult to breathe. The water contains contaminants too harmful to drink. The soil yields less food [...]

Published by Courtney Ruby on June 20th, 2016 tagged Uncategorized | Comment now »