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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.

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.

China: doing business in the Middle Kingdom

China is increasingly taking on a more prominent role in global business. This book provides information on doing business in China. It covers topics such as history, culture, economy, marketing, sourcing, staffing, etiquette, negotiation and daily life.

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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.

Annual Audit and Compliance in China 2016

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November 2015

In this issue, we provide a comprehensive analysis of the various annual compliance procedures that foreign invested enterprises in China will have to follow, including wholly-foreign owned enterprises, joint ventures, foreign-invested commercial enterprises, and representative offices.

Internet challenges and solutions when doing business in China

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October 2015

In this edition, we highlight how and why foreign companies will be negatively affected by China’s internet, and provide methods to help solve these problems. We discuss ISP selection, internet connection types, CDNs and VPNs, and internal control systems. Finally, we examine the importance of network security in China and how it can help augment a company’s internet connection.

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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 published by Baker Tilly International in November 2014. 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.

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.

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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