China Updates – September 2020

    • Effective from 28 September 2020, foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters, and reunion are allowed to enter China with no need for applying for new visas.
    • Ministry of Commerce revised and adopted the Rules on Handling Complaints of Foreign-Invested Enterprises. 
    • Shenzhen introduced a trial run of the “Enterprise Dormancy”. 
    • Beijing plans to further open up the service sector.
    • The 128th Session of Canton Fair will be scheduled online from October 15th to 24th.
    • Hainan Free Trade Zone implements the “negative list system” for work permit application. 


Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Chinese Residence Permits of Three Categories 


 Effective from 0 am., 28 September 2020, foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters, and reunion are allowed to enter China with no need for applying for new visas. If the above three categories of residence permits held by foreign nationals expired after 0 am, 28 March 2020, the holders may apply for relevant visas by presenting the expired residence permits and relevant materials to the Chinese embassies or consulates on the condition that the purpose of the holders’ visit to China remains unchanged. The above-mentioned personnel shall strictly abide by the Chinese regulations on epidemic prevention and control. 

Other measures in the Announcement issued on 26 March will continue to be implemented. While ensuring effective epidemic control, the Chinese government will continue resuming people-to-people exchanges in a step-by-step and orderly manner. 




Ministry of Commerce revised and adopted the Rules on Handling Complaints of Foreign-Invested Enterprises 


Ministry of Commerce revised and adopted the Rules on Handling Complaints of Foreign-Invested Enterprises, which shall come into force as of October 2020. 

The Rules stipulate that foreign-invested enterprises or foreign investors can apply to the agencies handling complaints about coordination to resolve matters when they think the administrative actions have infringed their legitimate rights and interests.  To ensure all complaints are handled properly, the Rules sets out detailed provisions on archive management, case reporting, regular inspections, proposals for the protection of interests, and rights, among other systems related to complaint handling. 


Source: 商务部修订出台《外商投资企业投诉工作办法》  


Shenzhen introduced 36 measures to further improve the business environment and implement the trial run of the “Enterprise Dormancy”. 


On 20 Aug 2020, the Market Supervision Administration of Shenzhen announced 36 service measures in six aspects in order to further optimize the business environment of the city. 

One of the highlights of these 36 measures is the trial run of the “Enterprise Dormancy” system, where companies are allowed to apply for “dormant status” according to the actual needs of production and operation. During the “dormancy” period, they will not be identified as an abnormal business if they cannot be contacted at their registered domicile. Before the expiration of the “dormancy” period, they can independently apply for the restoration of normal operation status. 


Source: 优化营商环境36项措施出台 深圳试点商事登记行政确认制改革 


Beijing to further open up the service sector 


Beijing plans to further open its services market to foreign investors in several areas including 26 segments of the financial sector. Here are some examples: 

Foreign investors are allowed to invest in domestic virtual private network business (the proportion of foreign shares shall not be more than 50%), and overseas telecom operators can set up joint ventures to provide VPN services. 

Foreign investors are encouraged to invest in adult education and training institutions, and set up for-profit vocational skills training institutions, and cultivate more international and professional talents. 

Priority will be given to multinational corporations to set up wholly-owned finance companies. Foreign companies are supported to apply to be private fund managers and develop equity investment and asset management business.  


Source: 国务院关于深化北京市新一轮服务业扩大开放综合试点建设国家服务业扩大开放综合示范区工作方案的批复  国函〔2020123 


The Ministry of Commerce: the 128th Session of Canton Fair scheduled online from October 15th to 24th 

China will hold the 128th session of the China Import and Export Fair, also known as the Canton Fair, online between Oct 15 – 24. This is the second online session of the fair due to the COVID-19 epidemic.  

Source: 128届广交会将于101524日在网上举办 

Hainan Free Trade Zone implements the “negative list system” for work permit application. 


The work permit for foreign nationals in Hainan free Trade Zone is subject to the negative list administration, which means that foreign nationals outside the negative list are not restricted to work in Hainan Free Trade Zone. 

Foreign high-level talents who work in Hainan Free Trade Zone may directly work in Hainan Free trade Zone part-time, or start up their own businesses with the consent of the employer and after filing with the relevant government departments.  


Source: 海南对外籍人员工作许可实行负面清单管理 

CW CPA combined forces with their partners Hewlett Rand and InvestHK to host a thought-provoking online event for business leaders across the Greater Bay Area during August.  The event considered how HR & Training can support their business transformation and change to bounce back through the Covid-19 pandemic, as employees continue to return to their workplace and employers continue to navigate the ongoing pandemic.  


Edith Wong, Chief Marketing Officer opened the event to set the context and Thomas Wong, Partner, CW CPA explained the opportunities ahead for firms in the Greater Bay Area and introduced Richard Lowe, Director of Training and Digital Learning and Angela Tang, HR & Training Consultant from Hewlett Rand who presented their recommendations on how to maximise people performance from trends in the market and working alongside clients to optimise people strategies and skills development. 


Survive, Revive and Thrive 

Amongst a disruptive backdrop, Richard and Angela reflected on challenges employers had faced and that the one certainty is that employers that adapt and manage change well will Survive, Revive and Thrive. They highlighted that whilst the immediate impact of CV19 sent businesses into survival mode, with many having to take decisive measures to stabilise cash flow, using reserves and draw off Government financial rescue packages and job retention schemes, the world will now recalibrate. As managers and employees continue to return to their workplaces, we will move into a phase where businesses can begin to look further ahead, to revive and adapt to their ‘know new normal’. 


5 Key Areas for HR & Training Focus 

In addition to workplace Covid-19 compliance, Hewlett Rand suggests focussing on 5 key areas where HR & Training teams can help their organisations to rebuild, re-engage and upskill teams. 

1.      Leadership : Firstly, to upskill leadership teams to ensure they have the capabilities to keep their teams safe, healthy and well and to bring leadership teams together to pivot their business strategies so that HR & Training teams can align people strategies for success. 

2.      Structures : Many organisations are now streamlining workforce structures with leaner management hierarchies, virtual workers, fluid workplaces and flexible working. Whilst this will bring challenges is it also bringing opportunities to redistribute their workforce. 

3.      Processes : Now is a time where HR & Training professionals should review and re-engineer their HR & training processes to make efficiencies for working virtually. Reviewing the employee life cycle to identify ways to optimise productivity through enhancing onboarding, performance management and recognition practices. 

4.      Technology : Employers should now reflect on whether their HR & Training technologies will deliver what they now need, to harness more autonomous features that will support line managers and employees. Also to now embed digital skills for technologies that have been harnessed during the pandemic, to upskill remote people management skills, virtual team working skills and digital capabilities needed to work effectively with customers. 

5.      Culture : Finally, Employers will need to reflect on how they re-engage employees with their purpose, vision and values in their ‘known new normal’ to rejuvenate a high-performance culture. 

Overall attendees felt their employers were embracing the new way of working Covid-19 had imposed, but more work is now needed to re-engage, re-connect and upskill their teams and a general recognition that the new world of work has been unequivocally remodelled by the pandemic. 


Covid1-9 Bounce Back HR & Training Checklist 

To receive our one page Covid19 Bounce Back HR & Training Checklist following our webinar, email 


For HR & Training support, contact: 

Richard Lowe, Director of Training and Digital Learning, Hewlett Rand, UK 

 Angela Tang, HR & Training Consultant, Hewlett Rand, Hong Kong 

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