Books - China

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General Reference

  1. China Directory 2004. Japan: Radio Press Inc. (Contact:, tel 044-833-4421, fax 044-833-4422) A directory with full listing of all government agencies and key personnel. Available in simplified Chinese, Japanese and English.

  2. China Focus – Centrally Administered Municipalities. Chen, Dr Jian Fu, Hong, Dr Li Jian (2001)-Singapore: CCH Asia Pte. (Contact: 11 Keppel Road RCL Centre #11-01, Singapore, 089057) This book focuses on the issues related to the establishment and operation of foreign-related business in the four Centrally administered municipalities – Beijing, Chong Qing, Shang Hai, and Tian Jin.

  3. Investing in China: Ten Years of the Open Door Policy. Pomfret, Richard. (1991). London: Harvester Wheatsheaf. This book offers important new analytical insights into the problems and opportunities of direct foreign investment in both developing and non-market economies.

  4. China's Unfinished Economic Revolution. Lardy, Nicholas R. (1998). Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press. (Contact: 1775 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington D.C. 20036) This book examines the state of the Chinese banking system and the reforms that are needed.

Doing Business in China

  1. Investing in China. Gamble, William B. (2002). Westport, CT: Quorum Books. (Contact: 88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881) This book provides proper guidance regarding the infrastructure’s impact on risk management, economic forecasting through a combination of legal research, economic analysis and investigative journalism drawn from 10 years of experience in the china market.

  2. The China Investor – Getting Rich with the Next Superpower. Bacani, Cesar. (2003). Singapore: John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte Ltd. (Contact: 2 Clementi Loop, #02-01, Singapore 129809, email: This book is based on the proposition that there is no turning back on China’s market-opening reforms. It looks at firms started by a new breed of private-sector entrepreneurs and the pitfalls of investing in a restructuring economy.

  3. Sun Tzu War & Management. Hou, Wee-Chow, Sheang, Lee-Khai, Hidajat, Bambang Walujo. (1991). Singapore: Addison-Wesley Publishers Ltd. (Contact: This book develops the analogy between the world of business and the world of war, and blends the application of military strategies with modern business practices.

  4. China Business Strategies for the ‘90s. De Keijzer, Arne J. (1992). Berkeley, CA: Pacific View Press. (Contact: 3011 Acton Street, Berkeley, CA 94702) A detailed compilation of principles and case studies that introduce the ways and approach to developing a business in China.

  5. China, Inc: How to Do Business with the Chinese. Macleod, Roderick. (1988). New York: Bantam Books. The author uses case studies to expose the pitfalls inherent in doing business with the Chinese culture.

  6. China Streetsmart. Chan, John L. (2003). Singapore: Prentice Hall Pearson Education Asia Pte Ltd. (Contact: 23/25 First Lok Yang Road, Jurong Singapore 629733) This book covers topics such as corruption, protecting your intellectual property, how to negotiate deals, and the importance of demystifying the language. The book provides examples to help China investors improve their effectiveness and create profitable businesses.

  7. The China Management Handbook. Boos, Christine, Boos, Engelbert, Sieren, Frank. (2003). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (Contact: 175 Fifth Ave. New York, NY 10010) A practical and useful framework for managers with responsibilities in China. By pointing out social and economic differences, as well as pragmatic ways to overcome them, this book provides insight and answers to questions such as “what should a China Manager know about China’s Economy, Politics and Society”, “what is important in personnel development”, “how do I get reliable market information”, and “how do I plan a successful marketing campaign in China”.

  8. Doing Business in China. Freshfields.(2003). Huntington, NY: Juris Publishing Inc. (Contact: 71 New Street, Huntington, New York 11743) This is detailed and comprehensive resource for examining the full range of business issues arising under Chinese Law. It includes chapters on company law, introduction to foreign trade, processing and countertrade, taxation of foreign companies and accounting in China.

  9. China Business – The Rules of the Game. Blackman, Carolyn. (2000). Crows Nest, Australia: Allen & Unwin. (Contact: China. It cuts through myths surrounding trading with China and offers practical guidance through numerous frank interviews with key executives.

  10. Chinese Business Etiquette - A guide to protocol, manners, and culture in the People's Republic Of China, Seligman, Scott D. (1999) Warner Books Inc. (Contact: 1271 Avenue of the Americas, Ney York, NY 10020 -

Legal Resources

  • General Overview
    • A Primer on Foreign Investment Enterprises and Protection of Intellectual Property in China. Chow, Daniel K. (2002). London: Kluwer Law International. (Contact: This Casebook is useful for lawyers and business people to understand the issues and problems currently confronted by multi-national enterprises ("MNEs") in China. It examines legal, business and strategic issues for foreign investors that seek to enter, expand or re-organize their operations in the China market. The author is a tenured professor at Ohio State University school of law and was formerly in the general counsel’s office of Procter & Gamble in Guangzhou, China. He is Of Counsel to Pamir Law Group (
    • The Legal System of the People’s Republic of China in a Nutshell. Chow, Daniel C.K. (2003). West Group. (Contact: This book provides an overview of the important events of the twentieth century that has shaped modern China, and then turns to a systematic analysis of the structure of government, basic human rights and liberties, and the role of the Communist Party in the governance of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It examines all major PRC legal institutions, including the law-making organs, courts, procuratorates, police, and the legal profession. It provides an overview of the major areas of procedural and substantive black letter law in the PRC, with a focus on foreign investment and intellectual property laws.
  • Statutory Collections
    • China Laws for Foreign Business – Business Regulation. (1997). Hong Kong: CCH Asia Pacific. (Contact: 11 Keppel Road RCL Centre #11-01, Singapore, 089057) A four-volume reporting service containing laws which regulate the conduct of business by foreigners in China. Available in Chinese and English.

    • China Law Reference Service. (2003) Hong Kong: CCH Asia Pacific. (Contact: 11 Keppel Road RCL Centre #11-01, Singapore, 089057) A loose-leaf reporter services that provides English and Chinese language texts of laws and regulations in the following categories: government, administration and the legal system; economic law; tax and finance; real property, infrastructure, and transport; trade commerce and industry.

    • Directory of Liabilities in China. Roland, Qing Kai-Shi, Wen, Hua-Liu. (1999).Hong Kong: Sweet & Maxwell Asia. (Contact: Suite 1808, Asian House, 1 Hennessey Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong) This book explains, identifies, and interprets legal pitfalls and liabilities. By combining hypothetical case studies based on factual situations, this book proves valuable to foreign investment enterprises, consulting firms, accounting firms, corporate advisors, company officers, legal practitioners, and business development managers who have an interest in China.

    • Taking and Enforcing Security in China – A Special Report by Asia Law & Practice. (1993). Hong Kong: Asia Law & Practice. (Contact: 2F, 27-29, Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong) Available with texts in both English and Simplified Chinese, this report clarifies the law and practice of taking and enforcing security in China. This compilation of 18 major pieces includes all major pieces of regional legislation as well as the civil law that governs in the absence of regional or other legislation.

    • Administrative Law Procedures and Remedies in China. Feng, Lin. (1996). Hong Kong: Sweet & Maxwell Limited. (Contact: Suite 1808, Asian House, 1 Hennessey Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong) This is the first book written in English to introduce Chinese administrative law and examine the judicial remedies for individuals and organizations. Some contents include – Administrative Law Theory, structure and scope of administrative reconsideration, jurisdiction of the people’s court, judicial control of discretionary power, and state compensation law.

    • Foreign Trade Contract Law in China. Zhong, Jian-Hua, Williams, Mark. (1998). Hong Kong: Sweet & Maxwell Asia. (Contact: Suite 1808, Asian House, 1 Hennessey Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong) This book provides comprehensive accounts of foreign trade contracts under China’s law. it guides the reader through the necessary procedures to ensure their foreign trade contracts will be valid under Chinese law.

  • Intellectual Property
    • Intellectual Property in China. Feng, Peter. (1997). Hong Kong: Sweet & Maxwell Asia. (Contact: Suite 1808, Asian House, 1 Hennessey Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong) contents include: china and intellectual property, copyright jurisprudence, author and ownership rights, patentability, procedures and infringement, etc.

    • Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in China. Riley, Mary L. (1997). Hong Kong: Sweet & Maxwell Asia. (Contact: Suite 1808, Asian House, 1 Hennessey Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong) This book addresses the day-to-day intellectual property issues for foreign companies and doing business in China.

    • Counterfeiting in the People's Republic of China. Chow, Daniel C.K. (2000). Washington University Law Quarterly, 78, p. 1.

    • Enforcement Against Counterfeiting in the People’s Republic of China. Chow, Daniel C.K. (2000). Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business, 20, No.3, p. 447.

  • Tax/Accounting
    • China Master Tax Guide. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. (2003).Singapore: CCH Asia Pte. (Contact: 11 Keppel Road RCL Centre #11-01, Singapore, 089057) Written by CCH tax editors and reviewed by an expert team from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. This book provides comprehensive and updated information on the concepts governing taxation of companies, businesses and individuals in China.

    • Accounting and Finance in China-A Review of Current Practice 5th Edition. Tang, Yun-Wei, Chow, Lynne, Cooper, Barry J. (2003). Hong Kong: Sweet & Maxwell Asia. (Contact: Suite 1808, Asian House, 1 Hennessey Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong) This book covers on the development of the business environment, accounting systems for foreign business enterprises, tax collection and administration, consolidation of industry specific accounting systems, development of auditing standards and recent developments in the accounting profession.

    • Tax Planning for Expatriates in China. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. (2003)Singapore: CCH Asia Pte. (Contact: 11 Keppel Road RCL Centre #11-01, Singapore, 089057) Provides comprehensive information on tax planning for expatriates in China.

  • Real Estate
    • China Real Estate Law. Randolf, Patrick A. Jr, Lou, Jian-Bo. (2000). Netherlands: Kluwer Law International. (Contact: This book explains the important components of real estate development and use. It guides the reader through a complex web of administration and regulations at multiple levels of government.

Issues in Negotiating in China

  1. Negotiating China. Blackman, Carolyn. (1997). Australia: Allen & Unwin. (Contact: This book systematically breaks down and analyzes various strategies and tactics in negotiations in China. It uses matrices and case studies and is an excellent tool for those preparing for a serious negotiation sin China. .
  1. Working with Americans: A Practical Guide for Asians on How to Succeed with U.S. Managers. Wallach, Joel, Metcalf, Gale. (1995). Singapore: McGraw-Hill Book Co. This book is a valuable resource to increase one’s effectiveness when working with Americans in business. It illustrates the cultural business weaknesses associated with American style negotiations. This book is a valuable reference to help bridge the inter-cultural divide between American managers and Asian clients.
  1. Beijing Jeep: The Short, Unhappy Romance of American Business in China. Mann, Jim. (1989). New York: Simon and Schuster. (Contact: Rockefeller Center, 1230 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10020) This book is Murphy's Law applied to an infamous US-China joint venture negotiation due to major cultural disconnects by both parties. Mann draws significant lessons about the positive and negative tactics in cross cultural negotiations in China.
  1. Inside Chinese Business: A Guide for Managers Worldwide. Chen, Ming-Jer. (2001). Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press. (Contact: 60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163. The author provides an insider's perspective on how to work, compete and cooperate successfully with Chinese companies around the globe. Chen addresses issues such as “Chinese business families”, the term “guanxi”, and influential traditional Chinese concepts such as "face".
  1. The Theory of Culture-Specific Total Quality Management. Naronha, Carlos. (2002). New York: Palgrave. (Contact: 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. 10010) This book shows the influence that culture has on the success of total quality management by using the case of Chinese companies operating in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
  1. Cowboys and Dragons: Shattering Cultural Myths to Advance Chinese-American Business. Lee, Charles. (2003). Chicago, IL: Dearborn Trade Publishing. (Contact: 30 South Wacker Drive, Suite 2500, Chicago, IL 60606) This book is a compilation of surveys on historical, social, political and economic factors affecting China’s business climate. Lively narrative compares differences in East and West on a wide range of topics – profit, competition, contracts, conflict of interest and organizational structures.
  1. In the Know in China – the Indispensable Guide to Working and Living in China. Phillips, Jennifer. (2001). USA: Living Language. This book provides an insider’s perspective on the social and business environment. It introduces readers to the local manners, etiquette and behavior of China. (Includes a CD resource).
  1. Chinese Business Etiquette: A Guide to Protocol, Manners, and Culture in the People’s Republic of China. Seligman, Scott D. (1999). Warner Books, Inc. (Contact: This book provides the do's and don'ts of socializing and proper behavior as well as the ten commandments of banqueting in China and the Chinese culture.


  1. The Cambridge History of China. Twitchett, Denis Crispin, Fairbank, John King. (1986). Cambridge University Press. (Contact: email This multi-volume collection sets forth dynasty by dynasty the main events and personages of the major periods from antiquity to the present. The work brings together the leading scholars of each period in an effort to objectively set forth a body of knowledge that bridges the chasms of time and distance. This is the “Bible” of Chinese History. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences has translated this work into Chinese.

  2. China – A Macro History. Huang, Ray. (1997). New York: M.E. Sharp, Inc. (Contact: 80 Business Park Drive, Armonk, NY 10504) This book covers the whole sweep of Chinese history and makes comparative references to Western history. Through interpretation and vivid anecdotes, it explains the present Chinese reforms as the culmination of a commercialization trend that has broken down the old peasant society and brought China into the mainstream of world history.

  3. 1421 The Year China Discovered America. Menzies, Gavin. (2002). New York: Harper Collins Publishers, Inc. (Contact: 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022) This retired Royal Navy submarine captain undertakes a forensic study to document the last of seven world wide ocean voyages by the Ming Dynasty eunich ZhengHe in 1421. The hypothesis is that the Chinese treasure fleets roamed the world’s ocean well before Europe’s Age of Discovery traveled around the Cape of Good Hope and the Straits of Magellan.

  4. A Short History of Shanghai. Pott, F.L. Hawks. (1928). Singapore: Kelly & Walsh, Limited. A detailed description of the growth and development of the international settlement – Shanghai.

  5. Chinese Roundabout-Essays in History and Culture. Spence, Jonathan D. (1992). USA: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. (Contact: 500 Fifth Ave., New York, NY. 10110) Spence’s collection of essays on selected themes such as opium, food, medicine and taxes is an adventurous tour of the value system and mindset of ancient and modern Chinese history and culture. His look into the essece of the Chinese mind and culture are nothing short of pure enjoyment and genius.

  6. Understanding China. Starr, John Bryan. (1998). Britain: Profile Books Ltd. (Contact: 62 Queen Anne Street, London, L1M 9LA) Through detailed research on the changes in China's politics, military history, society, culture and human rights policy, Starr analyzes the evolution of China into the twenty-first century.

  7. The Search for Modern China. Spence, Jonathan. (1990). London: Century Hutchinson Ltd. (Contact: 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA) Spence tells us the story of four centuries in China's history from the Ming Dynasty to the early years of the People’s Republic of China. After more than 30 years of research and reflection in the field, Spence has finally revealed to us the truth through this powerful narrative.


  1. RiverTown: Two Years on the Yangtze. Hessler, Peter. (2002). Perennial (Harper Collins). A powerful memoir of a young American teacher in the Peace Corps living in the small Chinese city of Fuling on the Yangtze river in the years just before the city is flooded by the Three Gorges Dam and the author’s experience navigating life in inland China as waves of cultural and social upheaval begin the break on the shores of Fuling. (includes maps).

  2. Iron and Silk. Salzman, Mark. (1987). (Vintage Departures. USA: Vintage Books.) Salzman captures post-cultural revolution China through his adventures as a young American English teacher in China and his shifu-tudi (master-student) relationship with China's foremost martial arts teacher.

  3. Chinese Central Asia: An Account of Travels in Northern Kashmir and Chinese Turkestan. (1986 reprinted). Skrine, C.P. Oxford University Press. Sir Claremont Skrine was British Consul General at Kasgar during 1922-1924. His district covered 460,000 square miles of western Xinjiang across the Pamirs and south of the Karakorum Range to India. Through touring, exploring and mapping China, they acquired a vast knowledge of the diverse people, their art, their lifestyles, their folklore and customs. (Photographs included).

  4. The Silk Road: Trade, Travel, War and Faith. Whitfield, Susan. (2004). British Library. (Contact: 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB) This catalogues a major exhibition at the British Library comprising a wide range of different artistic styles and iconography illustrating the Silk Road history. This exhibition is unprecedented in that it brings together the efforts of leading scholars from around the world. Particular sections feature a large part of Aurel Stein's collections of manuscripts, paintings and artifacts covering secular and religious materials from many cultures and languages.

  5. The River at the Center of the World – A Journey Up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese Time. Winchester, Simon. (1996). USA: Penguin Books. (Contact: 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014) Winchester paints an unforgettable picture in his 3900 mile journey up the Yangtze. Across highland plains, through ice-covered mountain ranges and into jungles, he experiences how it strengthens China’s link to the outside world and how history has been made along these banks.

  6. The WorstDesert on Earth-Crossing the Taklamakan. Blackmore, Charles. (1995). London: John Murray Publishers Ltd. (Contact: 50 Albemarle Steet, London W1X 4BD) With thirty camels and a party of British, Chinese and Uyghurs, Blackmore set out to cross the Taklamakan Desert, a distance of 780 miles from west to east. For 59 days the party overcame sickness, injury and extremes of temperature in the wasteland of no life or water. This book depicts the excitement of the discovery of one of the lost cities of the Taklamakan that had been buried for centuries beneath the desert sand.