Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

6 Dec at 6 PM 2017

All Hong Kong QROPS delisted by HMRC

British expats living in China as well as Chinese nationals with UK pension rights cannot now transfer their pension savings to a Hong Kong QROPS. In total, all 19 Hong Kong-based QROPS have been delisted by HMRC and are no longer included in the authority’s list of approved schemes. For expats living in China and planning to transfer their funds to a QROPS, the delisting means they no longer qualify for an exemption and must either pay a 25 per cent transfer tax or switch the fund to a UK-based SIPP self invested personal pension....
5 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Wealthy expats fleeing Britain in fear of post Brexit tax status

Reports show over 12,000 non-domiciled expat professionals have left the UK over the past year, with another 55,000 planning to leave. The mass exodus is focused on the City of London financial district with its specially orchestrated non-dom tax rules, introduced to encourage top financial talents to take temporary assignments in the UK. With Brexit looming, the privileged few aren’t hedging their bets after an announced new crackdown on long-term non-doms. Changes in the law will mean non-doms will need to have been resident...
29 Nov at 6 PM 2017

British Council holds Singlish and culture lessons for expats in Singapore

Sessions organised by the British Council in Singapore are proving popular for their Singlish tuition and focus on Singaporean culture. Strangers to Singapore might well be forgiven for not having the least idea what Singlish actually is – it’s the common language locals use in their everyday communications. It’s known as an ‘English creole’ language as it’s a mix between English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, Hokkien and Tamil, and is unique to the city state. Not just words but also grammar and sentence structures are...
21 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Younger expatriates are looking to reshape the world

It’s possible the early decades of the 21st century will be recognised as the restart button for the human race’s subliminal desire to roam. Some 60 years or more ago, the term ‘expat’ was set alongside ‘gypsy’ and ‘traveller’ for many Brits who simply couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to leave their country of origin for an unknown fate in a country where English wasn’t spoken. The exceptions who proved this rule mostly headed out on diplomatic missions to lands where no decent Englishman would want to settle...
20 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expats put their lives at risk working in Delhi

For decades, India was regarded as a must-have posting for senior executives at multinational companies in the West, but health risks due to pollution are killing its attraction. Nowadays, India is regarded as a proving ground for major talent as well as an important international market, but its rise as an expatriate hub has been all but halted by the grim conditions in its major cities. Seen from space, the region round New Delhi shows a thick blanket of smog far more dangerous than the infamous smog in London after the end of WWII....
7 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Effects on Beijing expats of new policies after China’s 19th National Congress

China’s recent Communist Party National Congress is the latest in a long line of five-yearly get-togethers of the all-powerful party faithful in order to select new leaders and approve new policies. Expats unconcerned about following the news in Beijing and elsewhere in China may not be interested in the results, but will be affected sooner rather than later. Firstly, and worryingly for digital nomads as well as expats wanting to regularly contact their families and friends in the home country, VPNs are to be far more tightly...
6 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expats and tourists in Vietnam evacuated during deadly typhoon

Typhoon Darney, the fiercest typhoon to hit Vietnam’s coastline in 16 years, is causing chaos for residents, tourists and expats in the affected areas. The typhoon's landfall along the southern Vietnamese coastline has killed at least 27 people, destroyed many hundreds of homes and caused evacuations from coastal towns popular with expats as well as tourists. It’s estimated a further 40,000 homes have been damaged, with Nha Trang and its surrounding communities the worst hit. Power is down in many districts and the threat of...
3 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expats in China devastated by loss of favourite Shanghaiist blog

Expats living in and around China’s massive Shanghai city are heartbroken about the closure by its owners of the Shanghaiist blog. The popular offbeat social media platform was set up some 12 years ago and is now owned by the Gothamist network, a New York based service reporting street-level expat news across major world cities. It seems the decision to close all the expat sites was taken when reporters and editors at the newsroom opted for unionization. Gothamist’s CEO Joe Rickets gave a slightly different twist to the mass...
1 Nov at 6 PM 2017

New reports show airborne plague epidemic now threatening Africa

A new report on the plague outbreak in Madagascar notes nine African countries now in danger from the deadly bacterium. According to a World Health Organisation report, over 1,300 cases of plague have now been confirmed, with some 66 per cent being the deadliest pneumonic form, spread in the air by sneezing and coughing. The disease can kill within one full day after infection, and African nations near the affected island are now under high alert. The infection is caused by the same bacteria as its bubonic form, in which it killed some...
27 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expat joy as China lifts ban on mould ripened Western cheese

Expats whose gastronomic pleasures were all but ruined due to China’s recent ban on mould-ripened cheeses are celebrating the lifting of the bizarre rule. The ban caused controversy across the cheese-producing world as well as distress to expat lovers of Roquefort, Camembert and other examples of the cheese-makers’ skill. The Chinese themselves, no lovers of mouldy cheese, simply didn’t care as they could still buy the local version or avoid it altogether. The ban didn’t even affect Chinese import tax totals as the quantities...