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New Environmental Protection Law will lead China into a Cleaner Future
On April 24, 2014, the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (“NPC”) approved to adopt the amendment to the Environmental Protection Law (the new “EPL”), the first amendment since the original EPL was enacted 25 years ago. It will take into effect on January 1, 2015.

With 70 articles compared with 47 in the original EPL, the new EPL begins with the establishment of the environmental protection as the country's basic policy, in order to provide a stronger legal foundation to fight against the environment pollution and improve the environment condition dramatically in China.

Pilot Programme for Mutual Connection of Transactions in Shanghai and Hong Kong Stock Markets Approved
The China Securities Regulatory Commission (“CSRC”) and the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) have approved, in principle, the development of a pilot programme for establishing mutual stock market access between Mainland China and Hong Kong in order to promote the common development of the capital market. It will take around six months to formally start the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connection (the “Connection”) from the date of announcement on April 10, 2014 to complete the preparation for formal launch.

The pilot programme will operate between Shanghai Stock Exchange (“SSE”), the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (“SEHK”), China Securities Depository and Settlement Corporation Limited (“China Settlement”), Hong Kong Securities Settlement Company Limited (“HKSSC”).

Good News for Employees in Shanghai: Adjustment to the Standards of Certain Livelihood-related Security and Treatment
Shanghai has raised a series of livelihood-related security and treatment standards since April 1st, 2014, including the standards of minimum salary, unemployment insurance benefits, employment subsidies and employment injury insurance as well as disbursement ceiling of the overall fund of basic medical insurance for urban employees

1. Standards of Minimum Salary