Here is a question. Say a guy has been offered an Asian sales mgr position where he can be based out of pretty anywhere he chooses. He needs a good international airport to conveniently get to company’s major markets such as China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, India. He can look after his own tax affairs. His wife is Taiwanese, no kids, he can speak Chinese and so he can live in Taiwan easily enough and not too difficult to live in China too. He likes Taiwan but sees this a chance to try somewhere new. Any ideas…
Some ideas he is working on-
North Taiwan (advantage of home base and no requirement of applying residence permit, get health insurance on wife’s hukou, can park money in foreign account so should be tax free). Perhaps a base in Nankan area would be good near airport.
Shanghai- good place to live before having family and make connections and service major Chinese clients will be cheap and much better place to network for career and more ‘international’. However may need to deal with more serious busniess regulation and pay 20% tax to reside there. Plus Shanghai seems to be more expensive than Taipei even. There is a good chance the employer can be convinced to establish a registered office there and make some contribution to higher tax rate. Any other Chinese city that has good international transport links?
Osaka- wife speaks Japanese and could study/work there but he has no idea …might be nice change though. No idea of how to get residence there unless company willing to establish registered office. Might be expensive to live though???
Any suggestions of good places for a couple with no kids to make a base of operations, interested to see more of Asia, but easy enough to setup up residence without getting taxed more than 10% (need to save cash next couple of years)? He is not a big fan of HK as feels it is too crowded although might consider Singapore if could get residence permit for himself/wife…might feel a bit stifled after living in free-wheeling Taiwan though.