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gE Module: Doing Business in China

The China module should provide one with a general understanding of the following: China’s market potential and hot industries; its culture and people; common situations that arise when conducting business in China; current obstacles and opportunities in logistics; the historical and current problems faced by the economy; and economic and political factors that affect the costs of doing business in China. A case study focusing on China’s rural dilemma is incorporated into this module.

globalEDGE Business Review: The BRIC Countries

Executive Briefing: Brazil, Russia, India, and China form the so-called BRIC countries. This article summarizes the basics of the BRIC countries, including: the impact on the BRIC’s by the world economy, organizing by the BRIC countries, economic and population changes in the BRIC countries, key strengths and weaknesses of the BRIC countries, and key issues for countries and firms to consider when doing business with the BRIC countries. Opens in PDF.

Government Resources
Main Government Page english.gov.cn
Statistics Office stats.gov.cn
Central Banks pbc.gov.cn
Stock Exchanges szse.cn
Commerce Ministry english.mofcom.gov.cn
Investment Promotion Agency fdi.gov.cn

Company Directories

China & Taiwan: B2BManufactures

B2BManufactures helps provide e-business solutions to small and medium-sized enterprises in China and Taiwan. The site offers online marketing tools such as search engine optimization, an online showroom, and a digital catalog, as well as buying and selling leads. The site also offers a directory of manufacturers and suppliers from Taiwan and China with over 8,000 different categories. 

Trade Shows

China: Global Sources Trade Show Center

Global Sources' Trade Show Center provides a directory of trade shows for countries that import Chinese and Asian-made products. Information is provided for buyer, supplier, and trade services, and searches can be done for trade shows in select regions, industries, or month. A free registration is required for some of the services on the site.

ChinaExhibition.com

ChinaExhibition.com is a resource for finding trade shows and business events in China. Trade shows can be filtered by industry, organizer, city, and venue. Users can also submit events to the website.

News Sites

China Briefing

China Briefing is a monthly magazine and daily news service about doing business in China. It covers topics relating to the Chinese economy and trade, human resources and payroll, and Chinese law and tax. The magazine is written in-house by the foreign investment professionals at Dezan Shira & Associates. All published materials are in English and are available for purchase on the site.

China Daily - Business

The China Daily business page offers market reports, industry statistics, and policy news for the country of China. The site provides news on the various industries within China while also monitoring the political climate.

China: Beijing Review - Business

Published since 1958, Beijing Review provides news and viewpoints on Chinese economy, politics, history, culture, and international business. The business page is subdivided into the categories of finance, market watch, and legal-ease.

China: Sina English - Business

Sina English is a resource for news and information on China. The website provides readers with finance and economic news about China.

China: Xinhua Headlines - Business

The business section of Xinhua Headlines provides news regarding Chinese business and politics. Sections include China's economy, the world economy, finance, industries, and trade.

Regulatory Agency Sites

China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC)

The China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) is responsible for the supervision and regulation of the banking sector of China's financial services industry. This includes making sure banks meet adequate metrics and that Chinese depositor's interests are met. The site contains a list of notices, regulations, and reports published by the CBRC.

China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA)

The website for the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) displays important information in regards to the laws and regulations of food and drug production. Additionally, the site allows users to search by type of drug or ingredients to find corresponding regulations and laws. Recent news about the industry is provided on the homepage.

China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC)

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) is responsible for the oversight and regulation of the securities and futures segments of the Chinese financial services industry. This site contains a list of regulations, market data, news, and international agreements.

China: Construction and Planning Agency Ministry of the Interior (CPAMI)

The Construction and Planning Agency of the Interior (CPAMI) is responsible for the planning and regulation of construction within China. This site contains information on current news, how to bid on Chinese projects, and relevant conferences.

China: Ministry of Agriculture of China

The Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China website is the location for all of the announcements and laws put forth by the Chinese government. The site also includes articles on hot topics in the agriculture industry and on-line exhibitions that delve into topics such as crop production, organic food, and fishery.

China: Ministry of Commerce People's Republic of China

The Ministry of Commerce People's Republic of China website includes news and trade information for businesses as well as a section on investing in China and global policy. The ministry is also in charge of all regulation of international trade as it relates to China. The site provides various economic data such as foreign direct investment, imports, and exports, as well as numerous policies and opinions.

China: Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China (MIIT) regulates IT in China by fairly allocating resources to producers, forming regulations and standards, monitoring producers' compliance with regulations, mediating disputes among consumers and operators, and developing efficient technology. The website provides forms for businesses to submit projects for government's approval. It also provides data on information technology. The site is only available in Chinese.

China: National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is responsible for overseeing much of China's international actions. This site contains information on the functions of the NDRC as well as recent news and policy updates.

China: Public Construction Commission (PCC)

The Public Construction Commission (PCC) regulates and enforces construction within China. This site contains a list of the current regulations, publications and statistics, news happening within the industry, and information on working with the Chinese government.

China: State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT)

The State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT) is responsible for regulating broadcasting in China. SARFT grants licenses to operators, regulates radio spectrum frequencies, allocates resources to operators, determines equipment standards, and ensures appropriateness of broadcasts in order to protect consumers. The site contains information such as media policies and regulations, administration agency, publishing procedures, and so on. This resource is only available in Chinese.

Other Resources

Business in Asia

Business in Asia covers business, economic, and cultural topics for Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The site also offers statistical data for each country.

China & Taiwan: Allproducts.com

Allproducts.com is an international business-to-business website aimed at helping business people find manufacturers, exporters, wholesalers, and suppliers from Taiwan and China. Also available are buyer/supplier services and trade leads searchable by product category.

China and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Free Trade Agreement

This China and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Free Trade Agreement resource outlines the details behind the 2004 free trade agreement negotiations between China and the GCC along with news articles about the negotiations. The articles provide details on the negotiations between the two sides and updates on issues concerning trade in goods.

China Business Information Center

The China Business Information Center is a site that allows users to find information regarding U.S. export regulations, Chinese law and trade regulations, Chinese trade leads, evaluating your exporting decisions, trade events, and general market information. This page is provided by the U.S. Commercial Service.

China Knowledge

China Knowledge offers a plethora of information regarding China business solutions and products, broken up into eight sections: newswires, databank, investment, market, manufacturing, finance, travel, and people. The site provides a wide range of consulting information to foreign businesses seeking opportunities in China. Most of the data and information is free, but a paid, added-content subscription is available.

China, Hong Kong, & Singapore: Global Sources Trade Law

This site contains information about trade and business in Asia - specifically in China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Resources include write-ups on import and export regulations, intellectual property rights, and information on how to establish small businesses in Asia.

China, Hong Kong, Macau, & Taiwan: Manufacturers Directory - ttnet.net

The ttnet.net manufacturers directory is a trade directory that provides trade leads and information on trade shows, manufacturers, and products pertaining to the greater China area. Users may search by the category of products and manufacturers or browse the recently posted trade leads. The listings available on the website include products and manufacturers from China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.

China: ChinaBusinessWorld

ChinaBusinessWorld provides listings of Chinese and foreign based suppliers, buyers, and products all classified by industry. The site also provides a listing of the most recent buying trade leads. Although leads can be posted, registration is required in order to do so. A trial membership is free, but once a quality inquiry has been made, the subscription must be paid for.

China: Council for the Promotion of International Trade

The official website for the Council for the Promotion of International Trade, which is composed of many Chinese organizations and businesses representative of the trade and economic sectors, is a comprehensive resource on foreign trade and investment in China. It includes information such as economic and trade news, conferences and events, domestic economic analysis, economic data, fairs and exhibitions, laws and regulations, and finally a FAQ section on relevant business matters.

China: Global Sources Smart China Sourcing

Smart China Sourcing consists primarily of articles and interviews with businesses that have imported from China. The site covers topics such as supplier selection, quality control, payment, logistics, and cultural considerations. It also has helpful trade tips for trading in China.

China: Made-in-China.com

Made-in-China.com aims to connect Chinese manufacturers, suppliers, and traders with global buyers. The resource offers trade leads, company directories, a listing of China trade shows, business news and opinions, and industry reports.

China: Tex Index

Tex Index is one of the largest online marketplaces specialized in textile and apparel in China. It contains a list of Chinese textile events, as well as links to past events. The site as a whole also gives information on the major companies in the textile industry and promotes international textile trade.

China: Trader China

Trader China is an international business to business portal providing trade opportunities for global importers and Chinese exporters. It has an index of manufacturers, suppliers, exporters, and product information. Products from multiple industries are listed on this site including agriculture, automobile, chemical, apparel, computer, electronic, and industrial supply products.

China: Tradesparq

Tradesparq matches buyers with Chinese suppliers, manufacturers, and exporters, by product or shipments. Search results allow you to use your network to verify potential trade partners. Also offered by the site is a customs database that allows users to search by keyword. The database is free of charge to those who register as members.

China: World Chinese Business Network (WCBN)

This World Chinese Business Network (WCBN) site is set up by the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry to aid networking between Chinese businessmen as well as with other global business partners. WCBN provides information for numerous countries under three categories: Chinese companies, Chinese business associations, and global trade opportunities.

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment: Emerging Market Global Players (EMGP)

The Emerging Market Global Players (EMGP) project, a collaborative effort led by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, ranks multinational enterprises in emerging markets according to the level of foreign assets held. The project also works to strengthen international investment by providing educational services, policy analysis, as well as tools and resources through extensive research. Reports are listed by country and can be downloaded in PDF.

gE Module: Doing Business in China

The China module should provide one with a general understanding of the following: China’s market potential and hot industries; its culture and people; common situations that arise when conducting business in China; current obstacles and opportunities in logistics; the historical and current problems faced by the economy; and economic and political factors that affect the costs of doing business in China. A case study focusing on China’s rural dilemma is incorporated into this module.

India China and America (ICA) Institute

The India China and America (ICA) Institute is a non-profit organization providing industry-focused research, education, and strategy recommendations on the market impact of China, India, and the United States. This site provides a multitude of knowledge-based services, including research opportunities, working papers, and a weekly newsletter covering issues affecting the economies of China, India, and the U.S.

Taiwan & China Products Online

Taiwan & China Products Online contains product and supplier databases that allow users to search for trade leads in China and Taiwan. This website includes trade information as well as links to other useful information for the international trader.

The US-China Business Council (USCBC)

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) is a nonprofit organization consisting of hundreds of American companies that regularly engage in business with China. The goal of the USCBC is to expand the relationship between the U.S. and China in order to stimulate the economies of both countries. Users of the USCBC website can find a number of economic reports, resources, and information about advocacy on the site as well as upcoming USCBC events and press releases. 

Industry Resources

China Textile Industrial Corporation for Foreign Economic and Technical Cooperation

The China Textile Industrial Corporation for Foreign Economic and Technical Cooperation is an enterprise involved in running foreign aid textile engineering projects. The site includes information on textile machinery and engineering, upcoming events, as well as the program's marketing network and current projects.

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