Posted on January 4, 2013 by China Briefing

Op-Ed Commentary by Chris Devonshire-Ellis
Recent media commentary has been suggesting that the business environment in China has worsened for foreign investors over the past year. Although China is still evolving as an emerging market, I disagree with the basic premise that it is becoming tougher, and even unwelcoming, to foreign investors.
A sense of foreign investors being singled out for specific abuse seems to be portrayed in certain circles, and as the founding partner of Dezan Shira & Associates – a company that has been providing consulting services to foreign investors in China for over 20 years – it is a subject of great personal interest. Yet amid these recent dissatisfied comments about China’s business environment declining, I see nothing new. Instead, it seems to be rather more of a failure to accept that compliance has become key in China. Non-compliance is now, more than ever, a false economy.

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