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Panasonic recall leaves scar on Japanese appliances in China

The Panasonic refrigerator recall that started this month hurt its brand and in terms of sales and influence, the effect was also obvious. Market share of both Panasonic refrigerators and washing machines declined within a week. According to latest data released by All View Consulting, a week after the incident, market share of Panasonic refrigerators dropped 0.8 percent, while the washing machine market share has fallen 1.8 percent. For a long time, Japanese home appliances products have …

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The Panasonic refrigerator recall that started this month hurt its brand and in terms of sales and influence, the effect was also obvious. Market share of both Panasonic refrigerators and washing machines declined within a week.

According to latest data released by All View Consulting, a week after the incident, market share of Panasonic refrigerators dropped 0.8 percent, while the washing machine market share has fallen 1.8 percent.

For a long time, Japanese home appliances products have enjoyed a high-end image. However, domestic brands like Haier and Midea, which have been making gains in the high-end market, are starting to chip away at the Japanese brands’ market share.

Domestic brand’s high-end market share has risen from 35 percent in 2008 up to 43 percent.

Unlike Japanese brands, Korean brands started in the low-end market. Samsung has said that in the future it adopt a differentiated market strategy in China, and will expand market share through low-end, medium and high-end products to compete with Japanese brand home appliances in China.

These measures eroded Panasonic’s market share. Data shows that in the first half of 2010, Panasonic refrigerator’s market share in China was less than 2 percent and is behind other foreign brands like Siemens, Samsung and LG Electronics. Panasonic washing machines’ market share also has fallen from 11 percent in the beginning of this year to 8 percent.

Panasonic is a case study of Japanese home appliance companies’ destiny in the Chinese market. Toshiba TV and Sharp’s “discriminatory sales” also caused Japanese brands to lost face. Many Japanese home appliances companies are now moving manufacturing plants to China, which can reduce export costs, but they still cannot increase market share.

Panasonic China declared on its Web site on Aug 1. that it will recall over 360,000 refrigerators in China due to a control valve defect. It was the largest home appliance recall in China in recent years.

According to the declaration, the defect may cause the cooling compartment to get either too cold or not cold enough in certain circumstances, or a refrigerant leak, or even cause smoke and fire. The defective part has already been responsible for 13 safety incidents in China.

The recall involves 29 models from the B20-B26 and C23-C29 series produced from March 2007 to March 2009. A total of nearly 366,000 refrigerators on the Chinese mainland are included in the recall.

Last November, Samsung recalled 32,000 refrigerators in China while LG recalled 672 washing machines in February. At present, only some foreign brands have recalled their defective products in China, while no domestic home appliance company has yet to conduct a recall.

&$&$By Huang Beibei, People’s Daily Online&$&$

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Canberra ties the knot with Washington

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Canberra ties the knot with Washington

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Australia has shifted its strategy towards favoring the United States over China due to increasing fear of Chinese power and the competitive Indo-Pacific environment.

The ‘riding two horses’ strategy adopted by Canberra over the past 25 years has shifted in favor of the US alliance to counter China’s growing power. Previous prime ministers sought to balance relations between China and the US, with Kevin Rudd aiming for ‘true friendship’ with China while also promising military intervention if needed. Tony Abbott’s approach was driven by ‘fear and greed’, and John Howard acknowledged the benefits of a relationship with both countries.

However, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has expressed a desire to strengthen the US alliance and cooperate with China while also engaging in Australia’s national interest. This shift is evident in actions such as sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait and introducing legislation to facilitate the AUKUS security partnership.

The Indo-Pacific environment has become more competitive, leading Australia to prioritize fear over greed in its alignment. As China’s GDP continues to rise and may overtake the US by 2030, Canberra’s strategy is likely to continue favoring alignment with Washington due to the lack of a viable alternative for addressing its fear of China’s power.

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2024 China IIT Reconciliation: Appointment Through IIT App Opens on February 21st

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Annual IIT reconciliation for 2023 must be done from March 1 to June 30, 2024. Final tax settlement appointments must be made after February 21, 2024. The process involves checking and reporting on IIT paid and deducted in 2023 to calculate refundable or supplementary tax.


Annual IIT reconciliation for the year 2023 is required to be made during the period from March 1 to June 30, 2024. For those who need to make the final tax settlement between March 1 to March 20, they need to make an appointment after February 21, 2024.

On February 1, 2024, the State Taxation Administration (STA) issued the Announcement on Matters Relating to the Final Settlement of Individual Income Tax on Consolidated Income for the Year 2023 (the Announcement), clarifying matters related to the annual individual income tax (IIT) reconciliation for the year 2023.

Annual IIT reconciliation, or annual IIT settlement, is a process applied to individual taxpayers on their comprehensive income (an individual’s combined income of wages and salaries, remuneration from labor services, author’s remuneration, and royalties), to make sure their IIT paid in the previous tax year is accurate.

During the process, individual taxpayers will need to recheck their IIT paid and deducted in the tax year, calculate the refundable or supplementary tax payable, report to the tax authorities, and make the tax settlement.

In this article, we introduce key issues related to the annual IIT reconciliation in 2024 and the key changes as compared to previous years.

After the end of the year 2023, a resident individual is required to consolidate his/her four types of comprehensive income, namely wages and salaries, remuneration for personal services, author’s remuneration, and royalties obtained from January 1 to December 31, 2023, to compute the final tax payable amount. The taxpayer needs to deduct the prepaid tax amount in 2023 to obtain the tax refundable or the tax to be made up amount. Further, the taxpayer is required to declare to tax authorities for a tax refund or tax to be made up.

Tax Refundable or Tax to Be Made Up = [(Annual Comprehensive Income – RMB 60,000- Special Deductions – Special Additional Deductions – Other Deductions Determined Pursuant to the Law – Qualified Public Welfare And Charitable Donations) × Applicable Tax Rate – Quick Deduction] – Prepaid Tax Amount

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The Year of the Dragon brings record-breaking travel and consumption during the 2024 Chinese Spring Festival

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The Chinese New Year holiday saw a remarkable recovery in the tourist industry, with travel numbers and revenues exceeding 2023 and pre-pandemic levels. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism reported unprecedented growth, showcasing the industry’s resilience despite the COVID-19 pandemic.


The tourist industry registered significant growth during this year’s Chinese New Year (CNY) holidays, the first to be completely unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the latest figure released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, both travel numbers and tourism-related revenues reached unprecedented levels, surpassing figures registered during the 2023 Chinese New Year while also surpassing pre-COVID-19 levels.

Rebound in domestic and international travels

According to the data released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on Sunday, domestic tourism registered a remarkable performance during this year’s eight-day celebration.

The data reveals a significant surge in domestic trips, totaling 474 million trips made across the country from February 10 to February 18, marking a notable increase of 34.4 percent compared to the same period in 2023. This figure attracted special attention as it was a 19 percent rise compared with that in 2019.

The surge in travel within the country was facilitated by traditional transportation models, such as railways, civil aircraft, and waterways. Additionally, this year there has been also an increase in travelers embarking on independent road trips, partially due to the current rise in popularity of electric cars in China. This trend was further encouraged by the government’s efforts to stimulate the purchase of these vehicles as a way to boost domestic consumption. To cater to this trend, provinces ensured the temporary deployment of additional recharging stations in service areas, ensuring a seamless travel experience for travelers.

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China Briefing is written and produced by Dezan Shira & Associates. The practice assists foreign investors into China and has done since 1992 through offices in Beijing, Tianjin, Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Suzhou, Guangzhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong. Please contact the firm for assistance in China at china@dezshira.com.

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