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Zimmerman's Research Guide



For information, call the National Committee on United States-China Relations (NCUSCR) at 212-645-9677. Other possibilities: the Chinese embassy (202-495-2266) or the U.S. State Department.

Legal: The National People's Congress posts a free Database of Laws and Regulations. Lexis and Westlaw both have some translated Chinese legal materials. ChinaLawInfo and Westlaw ChinaLaw are subscription-based commercial sites that provide Chinese legal materials in English.

Commercial Laws of the World and Tax Laws of the World, both part of RIA's World Wide Tax Law Service and available by subscription through Checkpoint, provide English translations of China's corporate, tax and other business laws. CCH publishes multi-volume sets called China Laws for Foreign Business (updated by a periodical called China Law News) and the China Business Law Guide. The Basic Law of Macau is posted at www.umac.mo/basiclaw/english/main.html.

MLex provides English translations of Chinese merger decisions and court judgments.

For more sources of Chinese law, see the NYU Guide to Foreign & International Legal Databases, Finding Chinese Law on the Internet by Joan Liu, the "China Resources" chapter of Legal Research Methods in a Modern World: A Coursebook (DJØF Publishing); Legal Research Guide: China from the Library of Congress and/or Judicial Information of the People's Republic of China: A Survey by Zhai Jianxiong. For more, see A Guide to Chinese Legal Research: Who Makes What?, and/or A Guide to Chinese Legal Research: Administrative Regulations and Departmental Rules, A Guide to Chinese Legal Research and Global Legal Collection Highlights: Official Publication of Chinese Law by Laney Zhang at the LOC.

Business: Information on Chinese companies is available in D&B reports and through SkyMinder. Mergent publishes Mergent Private Chinese Companies, which is available on Lexis (COMPNY;MGTPCC) and Mergent Ooline.

Detailed information on Chinese stock trading, shareholders, corporate management, bonds and industries is available through the CSMAR databases available by subscription through GTA Data Online, as well as some academic and financial institution web sites.

List of additional China business resources are posted by the Lippincott Library at the University of Pennsylvania and the Crocker Library at the University of Southern California.

Document Retrieval: The Litigation Services division of Interlingua (310-792-3636), a California-based company, will retrieve documents (including legislation and law journals) from China.

Intellectual Property: The EPO's China (CN) page provides information about Chinese patents and tips on how to search even if you do not know Chinese. See also Patents - Foreign, Trademarks and/or Copyrights.

News: Daily news & info about China is posted by the European Internet Network.

5-Year Plans are generally published in March of the year they began, generally in the Beijing Review. In 2003 China disbanded the agency that developed 5-Year Plans, signaling an end to centralized planning of the economy, but an 11th Five-Year "Guideline" was published in 2006. A 12th Five-Year "Guideline" was published in 2011.

To search for news stories about the Plans in Lexis or Westlaw, search on "___th five year plan" (including quotations in a Westlaw search). Or just put the phrase into a good search engine.

See Also
Country Information
Doing Business in Foreign Countries
Foreign Laws
Treaties - U.S.
Treaties - Foreign

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