China's life insurance businesses are poised for an overhaul following the establishment of a more effective regulatory body.
China's newest municipality is proud of its enhanced status, but its extended boundaries now encompass some big problem areas.
Fear about possible future food shortages is the reason why the Chinese government maintains its expensive and inefficient policy of buying grain in huge amounts at fixed prices.
Pension reform in China is made urgent by an ageing population but state workers are worried about any change to the system.
International credit rating agencies have come under fire in the Maindland, yet their role has been dismissed as irrelevant.
The purchase price of a property in Shanghai is tax deductible. PricewaterhouseCoopers assesses the implications.
Dr Volker Pasternak of Freshfields looks at China's new Price Law, hailed by some as an historic break with past economic practice.
Mobile phones threaten pager sales in China, but the game isn't up for what is the world's biggest paging market. Technological developments are giving the pager a new lease on life.
China's reformers have counted on high, sustainable growth to close the gap with developed economies. But the bigger picture is blurring as shorter term objectives close in Beijing is now looking for levels of growth that will carry the cost of reform itself.
The municipal government of Guangzhou says it is determined to create a more efficient urban environment suitable for its increasingly prosperous and fashion-conscious residents.
In the light of fears about a possible devaluation of the Chinese currency, international law firm Freshfields takes a look at recent legislation affecting currency conversion.
The creation of a new Ministry of Information Industry earlier this year has important implications for foreign IT companies, although several issues have still to be resolved.
The healthcare sector has attracted a wide range of foreign investors to China ?including drug and medical equipment manufacturers, insurance firms and care providers. The conditions under which they are allowed to operate, the overall state of China's healthcare system and likely future reforms are some of the subjects covered in a report published by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Office rates are falling due to high vacancy levels in the capital years of a booming property market may have come to an end in Beijing. More than 12 months after the beginning of the Asian crisis, the Chinese capital's property market is adapting itself to new conditions of oversupply and falling prices.
Work is progressing on a range of public projects in the capital but not all of them are welcomed by visitors and local citizens.
Chinese peasants may be eager to buy electrical appliances for their homes, but the absence of a cheap and reliable electricity supply is hindering the development of the rural market.
Growing competition for foreign capital across Asia is making it easier for foreign investors to negotiate deals in China.
When it comes to dispute resolution in China, arbitration is preferable to litigation. The law firm Freshfields looks at the implications of recent changes to CIETAC's arbitration rules.
Cheaper property means more companies are on the move, but the design and furbishing costs should not be under-estimated.
A new initiative being promoted by a Canadian business school aims to boost the number of MBA holders in China.
Abar on foreign involvement in the running of China's railway network is hampering government efforts to adapt the system to meet the needs of a market-driven economy.
Labour statistics fail to paint an accurate portrayal of jobs and joblessness, but the trends and their implications are clear.
Companies should review a property lease before signing to avoid problems of quality and service, advises the law firm Freshfields.
The capital of Jiangsu province is fast emerging as a cost effective investment alternative to Shanghai, helped by good transport links and a more efficient bureaucratic structure.
Holding companies can now establish group sales companies in shanghai, writes Peter Corne of law firm Simmons & Simmons.
The latest round of interest rate cuts announced by the People's Bank of China is the fifth such move in just over two years, but it still may not be sufficient to stimulate domestic demand.
Paul Gillis of PricewaterhouseCoopers looks at recent changes to the tax bureaux and implications for foreign enterprises in China.
Demand for executive search has shrunk, say headhunters, while the number of managers looking for jobs has multiplied.
Black market goods and nuclear technology are among the few bright spots in Sino-Russian trade, but better transport links in the border regions offer some brighter hopes for the future.
Private clubs are proliferating, offering a luxurious retreat to those who can afford membership in these straitened times.