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Doing business in China

A selection of articles, books and online resources to help you explore the key issues for doing business in China.


The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

An introduction to doing business in China 2017

This special report is designed to introduce the fundamentals of investing in China. This comprehensive guide is ideal not only for businesses looking to enter the Chinese market, but also for companies who already have a presence here and want to keep up-to-date with the most recent and relevant policy changes.

Business insights China: practical advice on entry strategy and engagement

A guide to the opportunities available for businesses in China which highlights some of the successes and failures of operating in such a challenging market. Includes sections on China's economy, basic business issues, the investment environment, joint venture management, service provision and trade with China.

Business insights China: practical advice on operational strategy and risk management

Provides practical advice on setting up and managing business in China as well as pointers to support organisations that can help. Fresh insight is offered into the economic and business climate and China's role in the world economy. The book also includes case studies from companies and individuals that highlight the benefits and the potential pitfalls through their experiences of setting up and running business in China. Includes sections on China's macro-risk environment, the regulatory and legal framework, inward investment considerations, key sectors of Chinese business growth and areas of increasing operational risk.

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China Briefing

China Briefing, published by Dezan Shira & Associates, provides expert commentary on law, tax and business operations aimed at foreign investors doing business in China.

New considerations when establishing a China WFOE in 2017

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February 2017

In this edition, we guide readers through a range of topics, from the reasons behind foreign investors’ preference for the WFOE as an investment model, to managing China’s new regulations. We discuss how economic transformations have favored the WFOE, as well as the investment model’s utility, and detail key requirements that business people need to examine before initiating the WFOE setup process.

Navigating HR audits in China

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December 2016

In this issue, we provide a guide for conducting HR audits in China. We analyze why the HR audit is especially important for foreign companies operating in the country, and then detail the different HR audit models and procedures that are available to firms. Lastly, we explain how the employee handbook can serve as a year-round safeguard against labor disputes in the Middle Kingdom.

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The Library & Information Service holds a collection of business and management journals from across the world in print and digital formats, including a selection of titles focusing on the business environment in China. You will need to be logged-in to the website to gain full access to these titles.


The China effect on global innovation
McKinsey Global Institute, October 2015
In-depth report examining China's ability to become a global leader in innovation and its potential impact on global competition. It highlights four key areas: customer-focused innovation, efficiency-driven innovation, engineering-based innovation and science-based innovation.

Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals.

You will need to be logged-in to the website to gain full access to the range of articles available online.

Useful links

Ease of Doing Business in China
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

China company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.


Overseas Business Risk - China
Report from UK Trade & Investment and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office looking at potential risks for UK businesses operating in this country. It includes economic and political risks, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, intellectual property and organised crime.

Doing business in China
Guide produced by UK Trade and Investment, the China-Britain Business Council and IMA covering exporting, doing business, import formalities and background information on the country.

HSBC Global Connections China country guide
Regularly updated guide produced by HSBC in partnership with Grant Thornton exploring key aspects of undertaking business and investing in China. Topics include a legal overview, conducting business, the tax system, labour, audit, trade, finance and infrastructure.

Doing business in China
Guide produced in Chinese and English by Reanda, an international network of firms based in China and across South East Asia. The detailed guide covers the business environment (including regulations on foreign investment, major subsidies and tax incentives), requirements for accounting and reporting, and taxation.

Doing business in China
Guide published by Baker Tilly International in November 2015. The guide covers business entities and accounting, finance and investment, employment regulations and taxation.

Doing Business in China
Guide prepared by a local firm within the UHY network which provides an overview of the relevant issues to consider when establishing a business in this country. Updated in October 2014.

Doing Business in China
Guide from HLB International giving general information on doing business in China. Published in April 2013.

China: Guide to Doing Business
Guide published by legal firm Lex Mundi in March 2011, providing an overview of the legal and business environment in China.

Investment in the People's Republic of China
Guide produced by KPMG in 2013. Topics include an outline of the region, a macroeconomic overview, law and regulations, forms of foreign investment, business taxation, development zones, customs and accounting regulations.

Doing Business in China
Guide from PKF International which provides an overview of the country, types of business entities, accounting, taxation and other useful information.

Doing Business in China
A business guide from Baker & McKenzie which helps companies understand the economic, legal and regulatory structures of China. Published in 2016.

Corporate governance

Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA)
A non-profit organisation, whose aim is to improve corporate governance and regulation in Asian countries. Information includes code and rules on company law, accounting standards, regulations and listing rules in China.

European Corporate Governance Institute: Index of codes
The ECGI provides a listing of corporate governance codes from China, with links to downloadable PDFs and useful organisations. You can also search the codes database by country, title, language and year of publication.

Law and regulation

Doing Business law library
World Bank
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.

Doing business in… Country Q&A tool
Useful tool from Practical Law that allows users to compare summaries of key legal issues across several jurisdictions, including this country. Summaries cover:

  • the legal system
  • foreign investment
  • business vehicles
  • employment
  • tax
  • competition
  • intellectual property
  • marketing agreements
  • e-commerce
  • data protection
  • product liability.

Intellectual property rights in China
Guidance from the Intellectual Property Office on protecting and enforcing IP rights when trading in China.

International debt collection handbook
Detailed guide compiled by Atradius looking at debt collection procedures, legislation and culture across 35 countries, including a profile of this jurisdiction. Profiles include information on:

  • the amicable phase
  • legal procedures
  • enforcement
  • insolvency proceedings
  • arbitration and mediation.

Forums and support networks

British Chamber of Commerce in China
A support network for promoting business and trade between Britain and China.

China-Britain Business Council
UK's organisation offering a range of services to British companies wishing to do business and invest in China.

Embassies and consulates


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Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in China
Analysis of the business environment in China, focusing on: the economy and government, operating a business, forms of doing business, principal taxes and taxation of domestic corporations.

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