Our China lawyers are constantly asked what to read to stay up on China and our responses truly vary. One of our lawyers reads almost exclusively Chinese language media and social media, believing that anything else is at least somewhat filtered. Another of our lawyers insists that everyone should start their day reading at least 3-4 of the South China Morning Post, the Economist, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, many of which require a subscription, but some of which do not, especially if you do not read all that much of them. One of our international trade lawyers (a true policy wonk) seems to read just about everything.

In other words, we don’t really have a great answer. Until now.

A client sent me a list of SupChina “sources” and asked me what I think of it. I think it is fantastic and not just because this blog is on there and not just because I (and just about everyone else think SupChina and its Sinica podcast are fantastic). SupChina says it reads 150+ sites a day to help it determine about what it should write and it lists the following as its “top seven” English language sites for their ability “to sift through the noise to present a clear, coherent, concise picture of a complex China.”

These are all great sites and all of them have been in my feedly feed for many years. But if you want to just focus on business (and not China’s tech or cultural scene, I would cut out all but the SCMP (Okay, so I’m the lawyer mentioned above who is always pushing the SCMP, I admit it).

SupChina then lists the following “really good sources….you should look at, listed alphabetically:

I have to confess that I only know about half of these sites and regularly read maybe 20 percent of those. Far too many of these are too narrow or too focused on Chinese culture for my taste. Fortunately, SupChina gives a brief description of each of the above sufficient to allow you to determine which of these sites are likely to suit your China interests.

SupChina also lists out its recommended Twitter Accounts, China Podcasts, China Newsletters, State and Mainstream Chinese Media, Chinese Video Reporting, Chinese Social Media, and Media from Around the World.

Next time I get asked what someone should read to keep up on China, I will direct them to the SupChina China Sources List and tell them to pick their favorites from that. Note that this list comes from 2017, but I did not see any publications on it that are no more nor could I think of any worthy publications not on it.

But hey, if you think there is something on there that should be removed either because it no longer exists or just isn’t that good, please let us know with a comment. Similarly, if you think there is anything that belongs on this list that is not on it, please let us know that too.

UPDATE: Not fair I know, (but who even before the college cheating scandal actually believed life was fair?) but the site I would add to the above is our own China Law Blog Facebook page, which until fairly recently was little more than an afterthought. It has more than doubled its followers in less than a year and it now has more than 24,000 followers (I base this on its number of “likes”) and it is the rare post that does not engender discussion, often heated. With no government there to restrain us, we can be a lot more free-wheeling there than anywhere else and we are. Hardly a day goes by without someone plaintively asking us either why we hate China or why we give it so much slack. With all the tension that has been going on between China and the US these days (much of which cannot be discussed here without repercussions) our Facebook page has truly become a key source for helping figure out what is happening. It also has its lighter side as we often will just post cool pictures of China or really whatever strikes our fancy about China. I urge you to go there and “like” us so you can consistently benefit from what we are doing there.

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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.