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China Insights

SwedCham China Insights for the week of March 29 – April 2, 2021

Top news of the week:

  • Five authorities jointly tighten regulation over credit rating industry
    March 29, 2021

    Five ministries and commissions, including the PBOC, the NDRC, the MOF, the CBIRC, and the CSRC, have jointly published the Notice on High-quality and Healthy Development of the Rating Industry (draft soliciting public opinions), aimed at remediating the issues that have become evident in credit rating over the past years.

  • Three authorities jointly issue notice to extend import tariff exemption for integrated circuit and software companies
    March 30, 2021

    Three Chinese authorities, including the Ministry of Finance, the General Administration of Customs, and the State Taxation Administration, have jointly issued a notice to extend an import tariff exemption through 2030 on the raw materials and equipment needed by the nation’s integrated circuit and software developers to help support their development. Eligible businesses include those that meet certain technical standards for producing memory and integrated circuits and that import materials and consumables that cannot be made in China or domestic supplies do not meet their needs.

  • China's top legislature adopts amended annexes to HKSAR Basic Law
    March 31, 2021

    The Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, have voted to adopt the amended Annex I and Annex II to the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). The two annexes respectively concern the method for the selection of the HKSAR Chief Executive and the method for the formation of the HKSAR Legislative Council and its voting procedures.

  • Shenzhen Stock Exchange to merge main board and SME board
    April 1, 2021

    The Shenzhen Stock Exchange, one of two stock exchanges operating independently in mainland China, will merge its main board and SME board on April 6 with the approval of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, the national regulatory body that oversees the securities and futures industry.

  • The 14th Five-Year development plan for e-commerce to be issued in the second half of the year
    April 2, 2021

    China’s Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Gao Feng has said that the ministry has collected opinions from all relevant parties including enterprises, scholars, and local authorities regarding the 14th Five-Year development plan for e-commerce, adding that the plan will be issued in the second half of the year.

Insight of the week:

Hainan has gained extensive attention this week as Chinese government has issued the island a batch of favorable policies. Following the master plan of development for the Hainan Free Trade Port in June last year, China has issued a detailed policy guideline on further easing market access in the island off China’s southern coast. Jointly issued by the NDRC and the MOFCOM, the guideline includes a total of 22 measures specifying healthcare, financial service, aerospace and more. The guideline is customized in accordance with the current development of Hainan, said Xu Shanchang, director of the NDRC’s Department of Economic System Reform. He added that the issuance of guideline is aimed at implementing a series of down-to-earth measures to promote the development of Hainan rather than simply relaxing the negative list. Additionally, four main Chinese financial regulators have also announced to further promote financial opening-up in Hainan, including supporting the establishment of joint-venture banks, enhancing RMB convertibility and so on. These moves signal the nation’s continuous ambition to build the island into a globally influential hub for trade and investment.

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