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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. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Business insights China: practical advice on operational strategy and risk management (2nd edition)

Provides practical advice on setting up and managing business in China.

Doing business in China (4th edition)

This title offers business-people a theoretical framework for the understanding of business practices, markets, negotiations, organizations, networks and the Chinese business context.

Doing business with China: avoiding the pitfalls

A guide to working with and within China.

Passport China: your pocket guide to Chinese business, customs and etiquette

A guide to doing business in China.

Terms of use: You are permitted to access, download, copy, or print out content from eBooks for your own research or study only, subject to the terms of use set by our suppliers and any restrictions imposed by individual publishers. Please see individual supplier pages for full terms of use.


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.

Key data

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.


Overseas Business Risk - China
Guidance from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on potential risks for UK businesses operating in this country. Covers economic and political risks, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, intellectual property and organised crime.

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.

Doing Business in China
A guide from PKF International which provides an overview of the country, types of business entities, accounting, taxation and other useful information. Published in 2019

International Business Guide: China
Guide on doing business created by HSBC. Sections cover conducting business, tax system, labour, audit, trade, finance, infrastructure. Published in 2019

Asia Country Report: China
Overview published by Atradius covering the country's most important business sectors, key indicators, political and economic summaries and outlook. Published in March 2019.

Doing Business in China
A business guide from Baker & McKenzie which helps companies understand the economic, legal and regulatory structures of China. Published in 2017.

China: Guide to Doing Business
Guide published by legal firm Lex Mundi in December 2016, providing an overview of the legal and business environment in China.

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. Published in 2016


On our Exporting to China page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.

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
The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) aims to provide 'a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice'. The ECGI website also provides a directory of national Corporate Governance Codes, Principles & Recommendations.

Law and regulation

Intellectual property rights in China
Intellectual Property Office, June 2014
Guide produced by the UK IPO on how to protect and enforce your IP when trading with China. It covers IP rights; laws, treaties and reciprocal agreements; protecting your trademark; copyright; protecting inventions; protecting designs; trade secrets and non-disclosure agreements; and IP enforcement and dispute resolution.

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. Includes summaries on the legal system, foreign investment, business vehicles, employment, tax, competition, intellectual property, marketing agreements, e-commerce, data protection and 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 and 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.

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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