Elimination of gender discrimination urged

Zhen Yan, former vice-chairwoman of the All-China Women’s Federation and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

A political adviser called for regulation and supervision to protect women from being discriminated against in employment during the ongoing two sessions. This is a quit important News to foreign companies, especialy smaller. It was a unwritten tip for foreign companies to hire women, as they are more reliable then man. Therfore changes for women may inpact the way of doing business in China.

Zhen Yan, former vice-chairwoman of the All-China Women’s Federation and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said gender discrimination still exists in the labor market.

“Some companies say openly that only male candidates will be employed or preferred,” Zhen said at the sideline of the two sessions.

“The situation worsened after the country adjusted the one-child policy,” she said, “Many companies do not hire women for fear of having to give maternity leave.”

A survey last year on graduates’ employment in Beijing, Hebei and Shandong provinces showed that 86.6 percent of female students had faced gender discrimination, according to Zhen.

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China is topping the World in Patent Applications

In western medias often China gets blamed as a simply copycat-machine which steals ideas (and jobs). We at Connect.China do not say that this does not happend, but before fingerpointing only the others, we should know the facts as well. In 2014 China continued to rank top in the world in invention patent filings for the fourth consecutive year, according to the latest data from the State Intellectual Property Office. China made his homework, the country is developing and producing more and more innovations for a hugh home market, but as a well for the world. To stand away could be dangerous for many industries on the long run. Swiss companies have a hugh advantage against EU companies due to the Free Trade Agreement which helps as well with legal securities on the patents.

Some increadible 928,000 applications for invention patents were filed with SIPO in 2014, an increase of 12.5 percent from a year earlier, “representing steady and sound growth momentum”, Gan Shaoning, deputy commissioner of SIPO, told a recent press conference.

Compared with the other two types of patents – utility models and industrial designs – invention patents have more stringent requirements for approval.

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China welcomes Switzerland to Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Germany, France seeks membership in Chinese-led Asian bankChina’s Ministry of Finance said on March 20 that the country welcomed Switzerland’s decision to apply to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

Switzerland will become a founding member on March 28 if other members approve, according to a statement on the ministry website.

Switzerland on March 20 announced its application to join the bank as a prospective founding member and submitted its candidacy to China last week.

The AIIB will be an international financial institution providing support to infrastructure projects in Asia, and is expected to be established by the end of this year.

China’s Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said on March 20 that the AIIB has already had 27 prospective founding members. The application deadline is March 31.

Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Luxembourg have previously applied.

Changes crucial to boost new energy car industry

[Photo by Chen Ming/For China Daily]

Visitors look at a Dongfeng electric car. Industry insiders warn against Chinese new energy carmakers falling into the “same trap” of allowing foreign automakers to dominate the Chinese market.

The Chinese government is considering new preferential policies for the emerging new energy car industry.

The Ministry of Science and Technology issued a draft of the government’s plan to support research and development of new energy vehicles to gain public opinion on Feb 16.

Beijing authorities also announced that the city would be friendlier to new energy car owners, by allowing them to pay less in parking fees and highway tolls by the end of March.

In 2012, the State Council set a goal of getting 5 million new energy vehicles on the road by 2020.
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China food imports has showen a healthy appetite

A customer selects imported biscuits, cookies and crackers at a supermarket in Yichang, Hubei province. As Chinese consumers now look for more choices in terms of health and convenience, food imports to China have grown rapidly in recent years.

China has long taken a cautious approach to controlling its staple grain import quota each year to ensure food security, but when it comes to other foodstuffs, overseas agricultural products are being warmly welcomed by the nation’s fast growing middle class.

Thanks to the country’s fatter wallets and increasingly diverse diet, China imported 320,000 metric tons of fresh milk and 283,000 tons of mutton in 2014, up 73.5 and 9.3 percent year-on-year, according to the General Administration of Customs.

The world’s most populous nation also purchased 71.4 million tons of soybeans and 383 million liters of wine from overseas markets, up 12.7 and 1.6 percent, respectively, from a year earlier.

The value of its fruit imports reached $9.19 billion last year, rising 6.3 percent on a year-on-year basis.
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Dialog über Arbeits- und Beschäftigungsfragen zwischen der Schweiz und China

Tripartite Verhandlungsdelegation – Im engeren Sinne eine konjunkturpolitische Verhandlungsrunde, an der Patronat („Arbeitgeber“), Gewerkschaften sowie Regierungsvertreter gleichermaßen teilnehmen.

Eine tripartite Delegation aus Sozialpartnern und des Leiters der Direktion für Arbeit des Staatssekretariats für Wirtschaft hält sich vom 9. bis 15. März 2015 zu einem Arbeitsbesuch in China auf. Die Schweiz und China vertiefen damit ihren Dialog über Arbeits- und Beschäftigungsfragen.

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Reduction of China foreign investment restrictions

China will halve the number of industries in which foreign investment is restricted, according to a government work report to be delivered by Premier Li Keqiang on March 4.

The country will also revise the Catalog for the Guidance of Industries for Foreign Investment and make the service and manufacturing sectors more open, according to the report to be delivered to the Third Session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature.

“Opening up is itself a reform,” according to the report.  “We must carry out a new round of high-quality opening up, move more swiftly in building a new open economy,” it read.

China would transform and upgrade its foreign trade, make use of foreign capital more actively and effectively and speed up the implementation of the “go global” strategy, according to the report. The country will also promote multilateral, bilateral, and regional opening up and cooperation, it read.


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