Best books on China businessOver the years we’ve often been asked by both our readers and our clients what books they should read “to better understand China.” And over the years we have reviewed a ton of books on China. Yet I for one am never quite sure how to answer the question so I do the lawyer thing and flip the question on the questioner by asking them what they want to get out of the book. Their answers tend to vary. Greatly.

Some want a “how to” on doing business on China. Some want a book that will help them avoid legal pitfalls. Some want a book that 2ill simply give them a better feel for China as a whole. So clearly there is no one right answer.

Well maybe there is. We looked at all the China books bought by readers of this blog through Amazon and eight of them seemed to dominate sales as compared to the rest. These eight books tend to share two things in common: they are all short and they all lean towards the practical/relevant. These are not for the most part deep-think books or books that will take you weeks to read. They are instead crisply written briefs with a specific purpose or goal. Most importantly, they are the books our own readers are choosing to read.

So without further ado, our readers’ eight most popular books chosen strictly on the numbers and in no particular order, along with my one sentence review of each.



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 (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 ( 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.