Thailand's CP Group has earned enormous influence in China but some investors remain concerned about its strategy.
Being allowed to conduct local currency business in Shanghai offers few immediate advantages to the eight foreign banks which have won licences, a number which is expected to grow to nine later this year. But it does present longer-term opportunities.
Chinese hospitals now have substantial autonomy over medical device purchases and many have the funds to buy sophisticated diagnostic equipment.
Planners in the northern city of Dalian are among the most enlightened in China. Yet while they are creating a green and dynamic environment, Japanese investors are starting to move south.
Dalian's planners have helped to create a green and dynamic environment for local inhabitants and foreign investors.
Foreign manufacturers have been quick to exploit the motorcycle boom, writes SRG, but this has created overcapacity and will lead to consolidation of the industry.
Convertibility has led to increased scrutiny by the exchange authorities 'to make sure that transactions which should be under the non-convertible capital account are not dis guised under the current account.
China's currency is now partly convertible and it should be fully convertible by the year 2000. The implications for foreign investors during this transition period warrant careful analysis.
China has again extended the grace period for VAT exemption on certain imports. Freshfields looks at the fine print.
China?s silk production plunged by 40 percent in 1996, a consequence of the decision taken a decade ago to flood world markets with cheap silk. The markets will take time to recover.
Foreign companies looking to impress clients can either buy or rent a luxury car. What are the relative benefits?
Bad debts and late payment beset investors in China, where the tasks of assessing creditworthiness and recovering debt are especially difficult.
Small Dutch agribusinesses are tentatively exploring the China market, while multinationals such as Shell continue to add to their investments
Television in China was launched in 1958,
With less than three years to go before its handover to China, the small enclave of Macao faces some major challenges
China has emerged as a major player on world capital markets, but inexperience and weak controls has led to some bad investment decisions.
International law firm Freshfields looks at new procedures for the liquidation of foreign investment enterprises.
Strong sales of cellular phones in China are set to continue into the next century, but regulatory confusion and bureaucracy make it a far from easy source of revenue for foreign suppliers.
Chris Torrens of Batey Burn outlines the risks facing research staff in China when they start to dig a little too deep.
Chinese tax authorities are getting tough on representative offices, reports international law firm Freshfields.
Instead of being an advantage, Peugeot-Citroen's early access to the China car assembly industry has caused the French group a succession of difficulties. Now, it is reviewing its strategy.
China's residential housing construction initiatives are helping drive demand for a range of products from sinks and flooring tiles to microwaves and televisions, writes Pacific Rim Resources.
Shenzhen-based China International Marine Containers Group has finally overtaken Jindo of South Korea to become the world's largest manufacturer of dry freight containers.
Shenzhen, a city which was the spearhead of China's economic reform, is facing an uncertain future. The asset most likely to ensure its future is its young and spirited workforce.
The northern port of Qingdao is set to become the north China region's busiest port for handling containerised and general cargo when figures are finally released for 1996 throughput.
Ernst & Young highlights a consequence of foreign exchange relaxation and various Chinese and international tax developments.
Attempts to turn Beihai into a tourist resort faltered under the credit-tightening policy. The local authorities are now trying to restore confidence and build a firmer foundation for growth.
Few areas better reflect the contradictions of 'capitalism with socialist characteristics' than China's cheque payment system.
China's major cities are teeming with hotels, but occupancy rates continue to improve. So competition is now heating up in the provincial centres.
Sichuan is the most populous of all China's provinces and it also has one of the fastest growing economies. Improvements in transport should lead to further economic development.