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Trade and Industry - Fourteenth Report

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 9 September 2003.


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction

2 Background

The development of China

China as a market

UK trade at present

Setting up a company

The mechanics of establishing a business in mainland China

3 Common Difficulties

Business strategies


Intellectual Property (IP) Protection  


Business culture

Britain's image in China

4 Hong Kong and Taiwan as stepping stones to China

What Hong Kong still has to offer

Taiwan as stepping stone

5 Support services for British business


Trade Partners UK

China-Britain Business Council

Assistance available in China and Taiwan

From the CBBC

From the Embassy and other diplomatic posts

Role of British Chambers of Commerce in China

Invest Hong Kong and the Trade Development Council

6 Sectors which appear to offer trading opportunities

Education and training


Environmental services

Telecoms and IT

Infrastructure, especially design and consultancy

Sino-British co-operation in science and technology

Financial services


7 Inward investment

8 Accession to the WTO

Effects of accession on Chinese business, and local preparations

Effects of accession on British companies

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes



Tuesday 11 June 2002

Tuesday 26 November 2002

Wednesday 27 November 2002

List of written evidence

Written Evidence

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