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New Access Card for Upcoming Canton Fair
The 104th Canton Fair, with its exhibition period split into three phases instead of two as in the past, will be held from 15 October to 6 November 2008. Each phase will last for five days instead of six, with two intervals of four days each ... (full story)

New SFDA Rules Cover Supervision over Catering, Health Food and Cosmetics
The Rules on the Principal Functions, Internal Organisation and Personnel Establishment of the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) recently approved by the State Council ... (full story)

Central Bank Considers New Policies to Aid Textile Industry
After raising the rate of VAT rebate on the export of textiles and garments recently, the Chinese government is considering taking credit, fiscal and taxation policies and measures to aid small and medium-sized ... (full story)


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Issue 08, 2008 (01 August)
 Leader
Nine Product Categories Require Electronic Barcode
According to a circular jointly issued by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) ... (full story)


 Policy and Law
Anti-Monopoly Investigation Bureau to Set Up Before 1 August
The Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) is preparing to set up an anti-monopoly investigation bureau ahead of the implementation of the Anti-Monopoly Law on 1 August 2008 ... (full story)

Plastic Ban Extends to Restaurants and Garment Stores
Following the implementation of the Administrative Measures for the Paid Use of Plastic Shopping Bags in Retail Outlets on 1 June this year ... (full story)


 Local Policy
Shenzhen Introduces 28 Measures to Aid Difficult Enterprises
As Shenzhen's industry, trade and economy are facing a critical period of difficulties and opportunities in their move towards transformation ... (full story)

Shenzhen Implements Administrative Measures on Containing Heavy Pollution Industries
To implement the Work Plan of Shenzhen City for Upgrading Emission Reduction and Optimisation of Heavy Pollution Industries as an effort to promote the emission reduction ... (full story)


 Industrial Policy
New Safety Standard for Medical Electrical Equipment Takes Effect
The new national standard GB 9706.1-2007, Medical Electrical Equipment íV Part 1: General Requirements for Safety, has been approved by the Standardisation Administration of China and took effect on 1 July 2008 ... (full story)

China Bans Excessive Packaging for Tea and Wine
Following the announcement of regulations against excessive packaging for mooncakes, new rules have now been issued to check "excessiveness" in the packaging of tea, cakes, wines ... (full story)


 Services Sector
Impact of Hangzhou Bay Bridge on Ningbo's Logistics Sector
The Hangzhou Bay Bridge officially opened to traffic on 1 May 2008. An analysis of the present condition of the major ports in the Yangtze River Delta region ... (full story)


 2008 Olympics
Real Name Required to Check Baggage on Trains
The Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Public Security recently declared that personal items carried by train passengers and checked baggage will be subject to strict security checks between 22 June and 20 September ... (full story)


 Human Resources
Enterprises May Not Maliciously Bypass Open-Ended Employment Contracts
The Guidelines on Several Issues Concerning the Application of the Law on the Mediation and Arbitration of Employment Contracts and the Labour Contract Law jointly promulgated by the Guangdong Provincial Higher People's Court ... (full story)

Dongguan to Reward Child Labour Informants
Dongguan Municipal Government recently issued a document on launching joint efforts to clamp down on the referral and use of child labour. Departments concerned include labour, personnel ... (full story)


 Key to Economy and Trade
Ripples of Economic Fluctuations in Vietnam Felt in YRD
The butterfly effect of economic fluctuations in Vietnam is becoming more manifest. Tech-Bank, Hailiang and Supor, three companies listed on China's SME board ... (full story)