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Chinese Company English Names - How & Why They Are Picked

Chinese Company English Names - How & Why They Are Picked

by Matt Slater August 16, 2018

Have you ever wondered how and why Chinese company English names are chosen?

Many articles have been written discussing how foreign companies chose their Chinese name, but there has been very little analysis about the opposite situation.

China Checkup decided to take a closer look at this issue. Our research has identified how and why Chinese company English names are picked and we have categorized the different approaches Chinese companies have taken.

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List of China High-Tech Zones

List of China High-Tech Zones

by Matt Slater July 12, 2018

The first China high-tech zone was established in Beijing in 1988 at Zhongguancun Science Park.

Since then the number of national-level high-tech zones has increased rapidly and there are currently 169 zones located in 31 provinces.

As well as giving an overview, in this article we list and provide details of these China high-tech zones, including their focus industries and official websites.

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What Information is Available from a Chinese Annual Return?

What Information is Available from a Chinese Annual Return?

by Matt Slater July 06, 2018

Viewing information declared on a Chinese annual return is a useful method to learn more about a company from China.

As in other countries, Chinese companies are required to make an annual return to the tax authorities to report their business performance and financials, alongside other key details.

In this article we look at what information from a Chinese annual return is made publicly available by the authorities.

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Taiwan Company Registration Form - An Introduction

Taiwan Company Registration Form - An Introduction

by Matt Slater June 27, 2018

The Taiwan company registration form is a document completed during the application process for registering a new Taiwanese company.

If the application process is approved, authorities stamp this form and issue the company with a registration number.

When dealing with Taiwanese companies, requesting & verifying a copy of their Taiwan company registration form is a useful step to ensure that they are a legitimate business.

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China City Tiers - An Overview

China City Tiers - An Overview

by Matt Slater May 31, 2018

If you've ever visited China or researched the Chinese market, you will probably have heard of the concept of "China city tiers".

Brought about by the rapid growth of Chinese cities over the last 20 years, labelling a city as "1st Tier" or "2nd Tier" became a convenient way to quickly describe its relative level of development.

This article introduces and provides maps for each of the China city tiers and identifies which tier 338 different Mainland China cities are ranked under.

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Chinese Company Ownership Chart - An Introduction

Chinese Company Ownership Chart - An Introduction

by Matt Slater May 16, 2018

This article has been written to introduce our Chinese Company Ownership Charts - a popular element of our company verification reports.

Introduced as a feature in our "Pro" & "Full Scope" company verification reports since October 2017, these charts help clients to better comprehend a Chinese company's shareholding structure by providing a visualization of available ownership data.

Understanding whether you are dealing with a solely-owned business or a complex array of stakeholders can be vital information and is easily identified with our Chinese company ownership charts.

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China Free Trade Zones - Where Are They?

China Free Trade Zones - Where Are They?

by Matt Slater April 25, 2018

Since establishing the first China Free Trade Zone in Shanghai in 2013, Chinese authorities have moved swiftly to establish a further 10 zones, with even more planned.

Although the Shanghai Free Trade Zone is now fairly well known among foreign companies, awareness of the other zones is still relatively low.

This article gives an overview of the 11 China Free Trade Zones currently in operation and outlines where they are located.

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7 China Supplier Documents You Should Always Request

7 China Supplier Documents You Should Always Request

by Matt Slater April 18, 2018

Read this article to learn about the 7 key China supplier documents which you should request from your supplier to help protect your business.

Requesting, checking and verifying Chinese certificates can be a great way to build trust with your supplier, and if they are serious about doing business then they should be willing to provide them to you.

Chinese companies often display dozens of certificates in their showroom, or on their website, but many are of little relevance. In this article we highlight seven of the most important China supplier documents you should focus on.

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How to Find Details on Offshore Chinese Companies

How to Find Details on Offshore Chinese Companies

by Matt Slater March 20, 2018

The possibility of finding details on offshore Chinese companies depends primarily on the jurisdiction in which they are registered.

Such companies aren't registered in China, so registration information isn't going to be found there. It is necessary to identify the country in which they are registered and lookup details on that country's system.

This article provides guidance, and lists useful resources, for getting registration information about offshore Chinese companies. 

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7 China Risk Management Techniques to Protect Your Supply Chain

7 China Risk Management Techniques to Protect Your Supply Chain

by Will Tang February 13, 2018

For multinational companies operating in China risk management is a subject never too far from the boardroom table.

Many foreign companies have come unstuck assuming that the checks and balances they have in place in their own country will work equally well in China.

This is usually not the case, so we asked China risk management expert Will Tang to share some of his best techniques for protecting your supply chain.

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Hong Kong Certificate of Incorporation - An Introduction

Hong Kong Certificate of Incorporation - An Introduction

by Matt Slater January 22, 2018

A Hong Kong certificate of incorporation is a document issued to limited liability companies upon registration by the Hong Kong Companies Registry.

Most Hong Kong businesses will possess this certificate and you should consider requesting a copy before doing business with them.

To learn more about the Hong Kong certificate of incorporation, and learn how you can check if it is authentic, read on.

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The 10 Biggest China Metro Systems

The 10 Biggest China Metro Systems

by Matt Slater January 17, 2018

During the last decade there has been incredible growth in China metro systems, with cities across the country investing huge sums on improving their transit infrastructure.

This remarkable transformation has resulted in China now having 7 of the world's 12 largest metro systems, with many more under development.

Read this article to discover the biggest China metro systems and learn about the development of this industry.

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