Is using a VPN allowed ?

There have been a number of cases on Chinese social media recently recounting instances of administrative fines being imposed on individuals who through one means or another bypassed the great firewall, which is a violation of Article 4 and Article 10 of the Provisional Rule for International Connection of Computer Networks (the “Interconnection Rule”). These […]

Tips for purchasing PPE from China

As there seems to be a resurgence or second wave upon the horizon in Ireland some enterprises or entrepreneurs may consider importing personal protective equipment (PPE) from China. Although the market for PPE has stabilised there still remains some issues and considerations which must be considered when purchasing PPE from China.  In this post, I […]

Your rights as a foreign employee in China

Generally speaking as an expatriate you are entitled to the exact same rights and provisions as your Chinese counterparts under the Labour Contract Law of the People’s Republic of China. However there are a couple of caveats which are important to consider which shall be covered below. The general aspects governed by Chinese employment law […]

Arbitration in China

Arbitration clauses and agreements are widely used by foreign companies when conducting business in China. These clauses and agreements usually state that disputes should be resolved between parties by friendly negotiation and if failing to come to an accord, the parties should refer the dispute to an arbitration centre. Arbitration in China is governed by […]

Irish Contacts & Community in China

Irish Citizens seeking emergency consular assistance should contact the main Embassy number, 01085316200, and leave a message with your name, contact number and details of the emergency on the Duty Officer voice mailbox. This mailbox will be monitored regularly. Irish Embassy Beijing 3 Ritan East RoadBeijing 100600China Tel.: +86 10 85316200 Irish Consulate Shanghai Suite 700A (West Tower)Shanghai Centre1376 Nanjing […]

Income Tax in China Overview

Much like many other countries, individual income tax in China is derived from several income categories. Even though there have been some changes regarding the structure and consolidation of some of these categories (we discuss this briefly with the new amendments at the end of the article), today an individual is taxed in China according […]

Employment Law in China

It is important to remember than China is a jurisidiction which favours the employee in nearly every scenario. The following are the most important details for expats to be cognisant of. Article 12 of the 2008 China Labor Contract Law provided for three types of employment contracts, as follows: fixed-term labor contracts; open-term labor contracts; and, […]

How to get an Non-Criminal Record for use in China

You should make your application in writing to the Superintendent in charge of the district where you live. If you no longer live in Ireland, write to the Superintendent for the district where you use to live. If you leave your application into your local Garda station for forwarding to the Superintendent for the district, […]

Work Permit Category System

Item Criteria Points Annual Salary paid by domestic company (Highest possible score: 20) 450,000 and above 20 350,000 – 449,999 17 250,000 – 349,999 14 150,000 – 249,999 11 70,000 – 149,999 8 50,000 – 69,999 5 Less than 50,000 0 Level of Education or International Professional Qualification Certificate (Highest possible score: 20) Doctor; Highest […]

Business Visa ( M visa)

Business Visa ( M visa) is issued to the individuals who want to come to China for commercial and trading purposes, the typical length of a business M visa is less than 180 days. Inside of China, according to the Chinese immigration laws, if you have already entered China with travel L visa, student X […]