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Joint Venture - What are the differences between a Chinese-foreign joint venture and a Chinese-foreign cooperative business operation?

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Joint venture A joint venture is similar in organization to a partnership. As with a partnership, each owner has unlimited liability in a joint venture, although management decisions are delegated to one individual. Unlike a partnership, a joint venture is set up for an undertaking of relatively short duration. An example would be where 15 or 20 people buy a carload of refrigerators and ship them to South America for sale. Once the enterprise is completed, the joint venture association is dissolved and each owner receives a share of t the capital plus or minus profits or losses. What is a Chinese-foreign joint venture? It is an undertaking finance through Chinese and foreign investment and jointly run by the participants. Established under the PRC law on Chinese-foreign Joint Ventures, it has the following distinctive features: 1. It is financed and run by the joint venturers who share the risks and profits. 2. Its shares are calculated in a single kind of currency in spite of the diverse forms of investment . The joint venturers share the responsibilities as well as the rights and interests commensurate with their respective contributions. ...read more.


One example is the China Schindler Elevator Co., a joint venture of the China National Construction Machinery Co. and the Schindler Elevator Co. of Switzerland, in which the Chinese have a 75 percent share. There are also cases where the two sides invest on a 50-50 basis, such as the Shenyang Gillete Commodity Co., a joint venture with Americans. Majority foreign shares are found in the China Nantong-Rikio Co. for which the Japanese have provided 60 percent of the investment, and also in the Jianghui Shipbuilding Engineering Co., in which British investment comes to 89.5 percent. The proportions of shares are worked out through negotiations and defined in the joint venture contract. The Chinese government encourages a majority foreign share in cases of a large investment, new technologies are brought in by the foreign participants, and the likelihood of increasing exports. What is the nature of the capital structure of a Chinese foreign joint venture? A joint venture if constituted as a limited liability company. Its assets consist of the shares contributed by the shareholders. Each investor is accountable for the liabilities of the venture only to the extent of his capital subscription. ...read more.


An equity joint venture and a contractual joint venture are different in three respects: For an equity joint venture, whatever the forms of investment, the equity ratio must be expressed in terms of money and the risks and profits are shared according to the ratio. For a contractual joint venture, the forms of investment and the method of profit-sharing are stipulated in the contract in such a way as may be agreed upon between the parties, and the shares need not be expressed in terms of money. For an equity joint ventrue, a managerial entity has to be established with a sound organization along the lines of the articles of association, and strict rules and regulations are worked out for joint operation. For a contractual joint venture, such a managerial entity may or may not be established. The parties can cooperate as separate legal entities and carry out their respective contract obligations to achieve the purposes set forth in the contract. As taxpayers, an equity joint venture pays according to the Income Tax Law Concerning Chinese-Foreign Joint Ventures, while foreign investors in a contractual joint venture pays according to the Income Tax Law Concerning Foreign Enterprises. S. 6 BUSINESS STUDIES NOTES JOINT VENTURE S.K.H. CHAN YOUNG SECONDARY SCHOOL PATRICK S. W. KWAN 1 ...read more.

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