A series of new policies and measures will formally be adopted and come into force in August. Let’s see how they will affect your everyday life in China and check the updates of important news!
Updates of COVID-19 pandemic
The latest figures reported by each government’s health authority as of July 29, 2021. © Image | China Daily
The Chinese mainland on Thursday reported 21 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, including 18 in Jiangsu, two in Hunan and one in Beijing, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Friday.
Also reported were 43 new imported cases, of which 21 were reported in Yunnan, nine in Guangdong, seven in Shanghai, three in Fujian and one each in Liaoning, Shandong and Sichuan.
One new suspected case was reported in Shanghai, arriving from outside the mainland, while no deaths related to COVID-19 were reported, it added.
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Services’ first negative list goes to Hainan
China on Monday unveiled its first negative list for cross-border trade in services. The list will be implemented in the Hainan Free Trade Port. Called the Negative List of Hainan Cross-Border Trade in Services, it is scheduled to take effect on Aug 26.
A negative list specifies the prohibited economic activities, thereby implying that activities not listed are deemed to be allowed.
The Hainan FTP negative list specifies 70 special administrative measures for 11 sectors, including shipping, retail, logistics, finance and education, for overseas service providers.
Domestic and foreign service providers will enjoy equal access to sectors beyond the list in Hainan FTP, with greater openness, transparency and predictability, according to the information released by Wang’s ministry.
China to further simplify tax declaration
China’s taxation authorities will fully implement a policy to simplify the declaration of multiple taxes.
Starting from August 1, when declaring VAT and Excise Tax, taxpayers should complete the declaration of Urban Maintenance and Construction Tax, Education Surtax, and so on.
One-stop commercial dispute service is available online
A one-stop service for resolving international commercial disputes that opened on Wednesday is designed to meet the new demands of the online era and provide fast, convenient and low-cost legal services.
Litigants can access the platform by visiting the website of the China International Commercial Court via computer, or by using their mobile phones to access a mini-program on WeChat, an instant messaging tool that is popular in China.
Domestic and foreign litigants can choose how they want to solve a dispute, whether through mediation, arbitration or litigation, and the platform has both a Chinese and an English version.
Free currency exchange will be allowed in Shanghai
Chinese monetary authorities will support Shanghai to take a lead in the free use of renminbi and explore free capital inflow and outflow and free currency exchange in Shanghai’s Lingang Special Area, a central bank official said last week.
China will continue to support building Shanghai into an international financial center, with a focus on further improving the financial market, product, institutional and financial infrastructure systems to boost the allocation of global financial resources, said Wang Xin, director of research at the People’s Bank of China.
Wang said at a news conference in Beijing that the central bank will make a big push to build Shanghai into a key hub connecting the domestic and international markets, including:
New rules to curb misuse of facial recognition tech
The Supreme People’s Court issued a judicial document on Wednesday setting out guidelines for the use of face-scanning technology and protection of people’s identities and privacy.
Shops installing face-scanning systems to gather consumers’ data without getting their permission and software operators forcing users to give their facial information will be in violation of people’s personality rights, the document said.
The 16-article judicial interpretation, which will provide guidance for judges in civil cases, takes effect on Sunday.
Supporting early and pilot implementation of Shanghai’s free use of renminbi
Further facilitating the inflow and outflow of companies’ trade and investment in accordance with the principles of anti-money laundering, anti-terrorist financing and anti-tax avoidance.
These China-bound flights to suspended! CAAC issued circuit breaker directives
In recent days, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has issued “circuit breaker” directives on three airlines’ flights to China as some passengers on these flights have been tested positive for COVID-19.
We’ve posted an update two weeks ago, you can check it from the following link:
CAAC newly issued the directives on several flights. The latest list of airlines and flights that recently got the directives is as follows.
If you’ve planned to fly to China this month and bought the tickets for the involved flights, please contact the airlines as soon as possible.
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SOURCE | China Gov / CAAC / Xinhua / China Daily