China News

Our China News section is designed to keep subscribers up to date with important China business news in between publication of the annual China Business Handbook in the first quarter of each year. Search for news topics chronologically or by business/industry category…

Copyright rules strengthened

Posted in: Policy/Society, Technology

CHINA’S NATIONAL COPYRIGHT Administration (NCA) has issued a statement urging online streaming services to stop providing unlicensed music to users. On Thursday 9th July, the copyright regulator announced that online streaming providers have until the end of July to remove any unlicensed music and that stricter rules will be enforced. According to the order, those […]

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Fast food, fast competition

Posted in: Business/Industry

McDONALD’S AND YUM Brands Inc., KFC’s parent company, are looking to add digital options in China that will make their fast food sales even faster and win back business after a rough year in the critical Chinese market. McDonald’s will start testing mobile ordering and mobile payment in China under a pilot program in the current third quarter. The […]

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Thomas Cook, Fosun in travel joint venture

Posted in: Business/Industry

BRITAIN’S THOMAS COOK, the world’s oldest tour operator brand, has forged a partnership with Fosun International in an attempt to enter the Chinese travel market. Fosun already owns 5% of the British firm. Thomas Cook believes the joint venture (JV) will help develop domestic, inbound and outbound tourism activities for the Chinese market under Thomas Cook […]

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China mulls tax on excess emissions

Posted in: Energy/Environment

CHINA’S STATE COUNCIL has released a draft law on new environmental taxes which proposes business taxes for pollutants, solid waste and noise. The purpose of the release is to gauge public opinion on these taxes. The release of the draft laws also coincides with a report by the London School of Economics (LSE) which proposes […]

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Xiaomi, Huawei expand wearables market

Posted in: Technology

XIAOMI AND HUAWEI, two Chinese tech firms, have made significant progress in the wearables market. Xiaomi is the second largest provider of wearable technology products worldwide, and Huawei has signed a deal with US-based Xiaomi competitor, Jawbone. According to data from IDC, a total of 11.4m wearables were shipped during 1Q15, accounting for a 200% […]

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Chengdu and Xi’an in top 10 fastest-growing visitor destinations

Posted in: Business/Industry

TWO CHINESE CITIES are among the fastest-growing destination cities by international overnight visitors, according to the 2015 MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index. Five of the top 10 fastest growing cities are in Asia, in a trend that is also reflected in China’s domestic travel market. Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, experienced a compound annual […]

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China’s hotel market moves towards “made for China”

Posted in: Business/Industry

THE INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL Group (IHG) has announced further plans for its new hotel brand, Hualuxe, geared towards Chinese preferences and values. This is an example of a shift within the Chinese hotel market and the role of international chains. According to A. T. Kearney, China has just four hotel rooms for every 1,000 people, compared […]

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China set to accelerate broadband speed and cut prices

Posted in: Business/Industry, Technology

IN A DRIVE to bring the internet to more of the population, China’s State Council has announced plans to increase access to broadband in the country, particularly to more rural areas, and to decrease prices. Whilst initial plans were announced as part of the “Internet Plus” initiative earlier this year, the announcement for broadband extension […]

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Apple tops China’s slowing smartphone market

Posted in: Technology

IN Q1 2015, 99.8 million smartphones were shipped in China, a 4% decrease year-on-year (YOY), marking the first time in six years that the growth of China’s smartphone market has slowed, according to a survey by International Data Corporation (IDC). The news comes at the same time as Apple becomes the leading company with 14.7% […]

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Guangdong to spend Rmb1tr on factory automation by 2018

Posted in: Business/Industry

GUANGDONG, CHINA’S MOST populous province, plans to spend close to Rmb1 trillion (Rmb943bn) between 2015 and 2018 to automate factories. And the provincial capital, Guangzhou, has a goal of automating more than 80% of the city’s manufacturing production by 2020. Between September 2014 and May 2015, Rmb4.2bn has been invested by 505 factories in Dongguan, with […]

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