About four months ago, in Part I of this series, I promised we would go through our blogroll and justify and expound upon each blog, five by five. About a month ago, I did part IV of this series. This is the fifth of this slowly running series, where I explain, in alphabetical order, why it is that each blog managed to qualify for our blogroll under our admittedly “slippery, vague, and subjective criteria:”

Our blogroll basically consists of those China blogs we like and which we think our readers will like or should be reading. We tend to like blogs that are unique in their content, well written, or consistently helpful. If we really like a blog, it makes it on no matter what. The less we like the blog, the more we have to believe it can be helpful to our readers. If a blog has not posted for a couple of months, we start seriously consider removing it from the rolls. Three months and it is usually removed. We obviously focus on China related blogs and, within that, we generally focus on those blogs related to law or business.

So without further ado, the fifth five in our alphabetical list:

China Economic Review Editors Journal. Less of a blog now than it used to be (for instance, it no longer allows for comments), this Blog/Journal is a good weekly read of a key business issue facing either China or those who do business with China. China Economic Review is an excellent business/economics magazine (as evidenced by, among other things, their brilliance in using CLB’s own Steve Dickinson as its legal columnist) and its editors certainly know whereof they speak.

China Economics Blog. This blog describes itself as a “place to find news, observations, statistics, information on undergraduate (BSc and BA economics) postgraduate (MSc economics) and academic analysis of important issues for China’s economy including economic growth, inequality, stock market, shares, exchange rates, the environment, foreign direct investment, WTO and much more” and that is exactly what it is. I read it for its usually spot on and clearly written China economic analysis.

China Environmental Law [No longer exists]. This blog is written by Charlie McElwee, “an international energy & environmental lawyer based in Shanghai.” Charlie accurately describes his blog as a “discussion of China’s environmental and energy laws, regulations, and policies” and it is the first place I turn when I want to know more about the big environmental issues confronting China.

China Esquire. This blog is adroitly written by Thomas Chow, a San Francisco based lawyer with TechSoup Global. This blog describes itself as covering “Chinese law, business, and non-profits” and that is exactly what it does, with more of a policy bent than ours.

China Geeks. China Geeks describes itself as follows:

ChinaGeeks is a website about China. We post articles, original essays, translations, news, and relevant links to further the English-language discourse on China. Topics covered include (but are not limited to) history, current events, politics, literature, culture, and philosophy. We take pride in our writing standards-everything you find here will be well-written and worth your time (we hope!)

We’re also striving to create a community here; a community that embraces the many people throughout the world who (1) speak English and (2) are interested in China. Please join us, and leave us a comment or even join our team of contributors!

Accurate enough, but I see China Geeks more than anything else as a very important source for English language translations of news percolating in the Chinese press but missed by the English language mainstream media.

More to come….

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Dan Harris

I am a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

I mostly represent companies doing business in emerging market countries. It has taken me many years to build my network and it takes constant communication and travel to maintain it. My work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland’s interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt.

I was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, I am AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), I am rated 10.0 by AVVO.com (its highest rating), and I am a SuperLawyer.

I am a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and I constantly travel between the United States and Asia. I most commonly speak on China law issues and I am the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog (www.chinalawblog.com). Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, NPR, The New York Times and Inside Counsel have all interviewed me regarding various aspects of my international law practice.

I am licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at my firm, I focus on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents), and overseeing M&A transactions.