Chinese artist Ai Weiwei had set up four live webcams at his home to show his daily life, include one filming him while he sleeps, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his detention and encourage more transparency from all sides. Last year, Ai was held for three months during a crackdown on dissent and was subsequently fined 15 million yuan ($2.4 million) for alleged tax evasion, which he denies. The live streaming TUREMAN show had been viewed around 5.2 million times in two days, and Chinese authorities have ordered him to shut down the live webcams without any reason …
The Chinese government has issued an announcement containing guidelines to promote the country e-commerce. These guidelines include the setting up of a trial e-invoice system, online information platforms and online payment standards, as well as the promotion of financial IC cards. The committees said they will study the major problems faced by e-commerce and standardize online processes …
Apple’s iPhone 4S has become a serious smuggling problem in China. iPhone 4S is selling cheaper in Hong Kong compare to China, due to tax charging and the different of currency exchange. Smugglers try to make a quick buck buying the phone in Hong Kong and re-sell it in China. But they are frequently busted trying to illegally sneak the smartphone into the mainland. Click in to watch the action of Chinese customs officials breaking down the smuggling activities …
For those Chinese Apple fanboys who are waiting for the 3G version of iPad 2 to be officially available in China Apple stores, here’s a piece of good news for you. Chinese tech site Sina Tech reported that Apple’s official China site has “accidentally” leaked the official price for 3G iPad 2, check out the price tags after the break.
UPDATE: Evidence shows China Unicom will be the carrier which to reveal 3G iPad 2 first.
This is a piece of good news for iPad smugglers in China. Recently, the tax rate of the electronic products and camera was adjusted from twenty percent to ten percent in mainland China, this means the import duty of iPad which has being closely attended drop from 1000 yuan ($150) down to 500 yuan ($75). Yes, the ‘evil’ Chinese customs are now collecting lesser customs duties on iPad, but we believe smugglers will still use interesting ways to escape the taxes.
If you’re visiting Shenzhen, better leave your iPad at home – unless you’re willing to pay tax for the device. An American-Chinese man said he was charged duty by Shenzhen customs officials at the Lowu border recently for an iPad he had been using for months. To prevent his iPad getting confiscated, he paid 1,000 yuan (about $150) sadly.
Sending private postal to China will face import tax under new customs regulations that took effect starting on September 1. The General Administration of Customs from China will collect an import tax if the import duty payable on individual mail items is worth more than $50 RMB (US$7.34). The change is aimed at fixing loopholes in the tariff system and cracking down on tax evasion through mail. The move is widely expected to hamper overseas online shopping services.
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