December 17, 2014

Attend the Import-Export Summit, Jan. 28-29

In the rise of US – China relations, the import-export business has boomed. Increasingly, businesses are looking abroad for the promise of cheaper products and materials in every industry, including the deathcare market. Still, few businesses understand the details of international trade, in particular the legal nightmares that await. This is particularly true for small […]

November 17, 2014

10 Year Visas a Sign of Better US-China Relations

As the LA Times reported earlier this week, President Obama recently announced during a visit to China that an expected policy change will allow US and Chinese citizens to freely visit each other’s countries for tourism and business continuously for up to 10 years. Student visas will also be extended to 5 years. This change […]

December 13, 2013

Bribing in China? It’s Not Worth the Cost

When I advise US companies interested in doing business in China, one of their first questions is always whether they will have to engage in corruption to compete. Rightly or wrongly, there is a perception that China is corrupt, and that bribery is simply “part of business.” Some China consultants, foreign or native to China, encourage […]

July 10, 2013

Chinese Mother Wins Suit Against Daughter to Force Visits Home and Financial Support

Think your parents put pressure on you to visit home? In a recent case in China, one mother brought suit in the eastern city of Wuxi to have a court order her daughter to visit her once every two months (and at least two public holidays per year), as well as compensate her financially. And amazingly, she won. […]

May 29, 2013

What does the US-China Agreement on Audit Inspections mean, really?

Close-up of Chinese Yuan A Chinese company decides to list their stock on a US exchange, NYSE or Nasdaq. Investors buy, often on the assumption that since China’s economy is growing exponentially, their stock gains will, too. If the stock price later drops, for whatever reason, class actions follow. Shareholders demand access to documents that they believe will prove their case, […]