(By You Yunting) The Circular on Issues Concerning Risks Prevention forBitcoinwas published on December 3rd in regards to regulating the bitcoin bubble, a virtual currency bubble, that has exploded in popularity in China and soared in value in recent months.The circular was issued jointly by People’s Bank of China, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (the “MIIT”), China Banking Regulatory Commission (the “CBRC”), China Securities Regulatory Commission (the “CSRC”) and China Insurance Regulatory Commission (the “CIRC”), which states that Bitcoin has no legal status of monetary equivalent and must not circulate on the Chinese market.
(By You Yunting) According to media reports, the officer in charge of the China National Development and Reform Commission (the “NDRC”) in a recent statement was quoted as saying that the NDRC had always, and would continue to supervise the monopoly issues in relation to broadband access provided by China Telecom and China Unicom, and that the NDRC suffered from various reactions when it announced its investigation into China Telecom and China Unicom at the end of 2011. He also said that currently the 10G of bandwidth provided by China Telecom and China Unicom had been extended to 100G, and that it would still urge China Telecom and China Unicom to rectify this issue within a period of three to five years.
I. The Ministry of Commerce Issued Opinions Concerning the 2013 Guide on Attracting Foreign Investment Jobs
On March 19, 2013, the Ministry of Commerce issued Opinions Concerning the 2013 Guide on Attracting Foreign Investment Work (“Opinions”), which emphasizes attracting foreign investment in the high value-added manufacturing industry, enhancing openness of the service industry to the outside world, and strengthening the important role of foreign investment in the introduction of technology and knowhow. The Opinions also promote advancement of foreign investment in eastern areas and bringing change to central western areas, as well as further improving the investment environment to protect the legal rights and interests of foreign invested enterprises and improving protection of intellectual property rights. The Ministry of Commerce concurrently released a report on the situation of foreign investment attraction in 2012.
(By You Yunting) Recently, the Beijing Municipal Administration of Industry and Commerce (“Administration”) published on its official Weibo that the Beijing Administration and Xicheng Administration of Industry and Commerce made an appointment with the chief of Beijing’s Qihoo Co. (“Qihoo”), and issued an administrative warning against company conduct, claiming violations of unfair competition laws and regulations related to its “360 Safeguard” for use in computer internet browsers.
The Guiding Catalogue of Foreign Investment in China (the Catalogue) revised in the last year has come into effect on 30th January, 2012. The new Catalogue contains some modified regulation on foreign investment in China, and today Bridge IP Law Commentary would like to introduce you the change in respect of internet business in the Catalogue. (the image above is the logo of myspace.cn, invested by Mr. Rupert Murdoch through VIE, which is claimed temporary shut down for technology reasons)
I. Permission of foreign investment in online music industry