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China business (UPDATED): to combat the coronavirus and head off economic insecurities, government takes action by implementing supportive financial and tax measures for businesses

Horizons will continue to update important business news and information related to the coronavirus epidemic. Further nationwide measures to support businesses in China have been announced. At the 18 February State Council of the People's Republic of China executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, the council announced policies that included a reduction in social…

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Schengen Area visa changes go into effect: frequent travellers can receive long term Schengen visa for up to 5 years

Effective from 2 February, Schengen Area (also called Schengen zone) visa applicants making an application are subject to the Schengen Visa Code amendments adopted by the Council of the European Union in June 2019. The amendments establish clearer provisions for multiple entry travellers and support up to five years of validity dependent on an applicant’s…

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China business: to combat the coronavirus and head off economic insecurities, government takes action by implementing supportive financial and tax measures for businesses

In China’s battle against the coronavirus epidemic, the nation is striving to contain the spread of the virus. Many provincial and municipal governments across China have issued first-level emergency responses to enable emergency measures in combating the epidemic. For enterprises across China, such measures are directly impacting on businesses, resulting in economic consequences. To address…

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What China employers should know about salary obligations during the coronavirus crisis

The outbreak of the coronavirus in China has resulted in a number of national and local government measures to tackle the virus and address its related effects on society, including the normal operation of businesses.  For domestic enterprises, salary payment mandates for employees who are affected by such prevention and control measures are established in…

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China coronavirus outbreak: what foreign enterprises in Shanghai need to know regarding HR obligations

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) declared the novel (new) coronavirus (named “2019-nCoV”) outbreak in China as meeting the criteria for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Director-General of the World Health Organization Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus remarked the declaration was made not based on China’s response to the outbreak, but…

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