I am about to heartily recommend a book that I have not read, nor even seen.
The book is The Big Four and the Development of the Accounting Profession in China (Studies in the Development of Accounting Thought, by Paul Gillis. And despite not having read the book, I am quite certain it will make for a helpful read. I am certain of this because Paul Gillis knows as much about the big picture China accounting issues as any other English language speaker out there. Paul has written extensively and well (both on his blog and elsewhere) about the Big Four in China and about China big picture accounting issues and if his book were nothing but a compilation of previous writings (which it is not), it would still be well worth the read. Paul is to whom I refer journalists and others seeking answers to China accounting questions because he is the guy with the answers.
So if China accounting is your thing, read the book.
For a pretty comprehensive list of recommended English language books on China (with a slant towards those that are instructive for doing business in China or practicing China law) check out A New China Book List.