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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.

Doing business with China
Stewart, Hamilton; Jinxuan, Zhang (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)
The authors have selected a number of 'high-profile joint ventures which have turned out to be less fruitful than initially hoped, and of Chinese companies who have encountered difficulties in foreign ventures'. The authors hope that the lessons to be drawn from these examples will help executives and boards from both Chinese and foreign companies increase their chances of success.

Business Insights China: Practical advice on operational strategy and risk management
Reuvid, Jonathan (Kogan Page, 2011)

Business Insights China: Practical advice on entry strategy and engagement
Reuvid, Jonathan (Kogan Page, 2008)

Passport China: Your pocket guide to Chinese business, customs and etiquette
Li, Jenny (World Trade Press, 2008)

Doing business with China
Reuvid, Jonathan; Yong, Li (Global Market Briefings, 2005)

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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.


Meet the 2020 Chinese consumer
McKinsey China, April 2012
A report from McKinsey on consumer trends in China, providing insights from the annual surveys they have conducted across 60 cities since 2005.

What's in store for China in 2013?
McKinsey Quarterly, January 2013
Gordon Orr, a McKinsey director based in Shanghai, gives ten predictions for areas of potential change in 2013. Requires free registration.

Online articles

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

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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.

Country guide: China
Guide on doing business created by HSBC in association with PwC in 2012. Sections cover:

  • conducting business
  • taxation
  • audit and accountancy
  • employment law
  • trade
  • banking.

Doing Business Guide: China
Booklet produced by accountancy firm Jonten in 2012. The guide gives an overview of background information relevant to starting a business, including:

  • banking and finance
  • official agencies providing assistance to enterprises
  • labour and personnel
  • legal structure of business organisations.

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. Published in 2013.

Investment in the People's Republic of China
Guide produced by KPMG in 2011. 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.

Import and export

Market Access Database
Useful guidance covering this region compiled by the European Commission aimed at EU countries exporting to the rest of the world. The Exporter's Guide to Import Formalities lists relevant import procedures, documents and requirements by product code and country or customs area.

Law and regulation

Doing Business Law Library: China
Links to business laws and regulations collated by the World Bank. Topics include:

  • banking and credit laws
  • bankruptcy and collateral laws
  • commercial and company laws
  • labour laws
  • land and building laws
  • securities laws
  • tax laws
  • trade laws.

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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