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Use the links below or scroll down for the directory of economic development and other contacts for foreign direct investment - FDI - projects in Greater China.
Central China earthquake disaster - Those who want to help may find our humanitarian / philanthropic directory to be useful for reference.

Hong Kong, Macau, Guangdong, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Fujian, Guangxi, Changsha


Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei Fengrun, Shanxi

Central Eastern

Shanghai, Jiangsu

Central & Western  Taiwan Maps of China and Taiwan
Information about Cityscape USA - This successful series of global events about commercial real estate investment and city development projects in big emerging markets will come to New York City in September 2008, and will also showcase developments in North American cities to major foreign investors.  Contact us for details.

Cityscape China - Shanghai June 25-27, 2008

Cityscape Asia  - Singapore April 14-16, 2009

Cityscape Dubai   October 6-9, 2008

Cityscape Abu Dhabi   May 13-15, 2008

Cityscape Latin America - Sao Paulo  November 4-6, 2008

Cityscape India - Mumbai, December 8-10. 2008

Refer to our new website for powerful new custom search tools about business locations or professional services.  Contact us about referrals.

Try Search: Global CRE (commercial real estate)

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Ask us about advertising in fDi magazine - Foreign Direct Investment.  fDi is published by the Financial Times group.

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Contact us to seek advice and referrals.

Executives are encouraged to offer suggestions which can help us to continuously improve the knowledge we openly share here about setting up business operations in China.

See also maps for Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, and South Asia

Economic development representatives are encouraged to reply to our GUIDE Network Survey. (PDF)

See explanation of column headings below Suggestions are welcome for other useful sources for investors, and please report any broken links.
Organization Scope Contacts Website and other resources Survey Profile Report
China Ministry of Foreign Trade & Economic Cooperation National No No No
Hong Kong, Macau, and Southeastern China               
Hong Kong Government Secretariat S.A.R. No No No
Hong Kong Trade Development Council S.A.R. No No No
Invest Hong Kong S.A.R. No No No
Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office S.A.R. No No No
Hong Kong Science Park Development          
Guangdong Investment Region No No No
Shenzhen Municipal Foreign Investment Bureau Municipal No No No
Dongguan Foreign Investment Promotion Center Region No No No
Macau Trade & Investment Promotion Institute



+85 3710300 No No No
Fujian Foreign Investment Information Network Region     No No No
Guangxi Office of Foreign Investment Promotion & Cooperation Region No No No
Changsha Foreign Economic Cooperation Bureau Municipal     No No No
Shanghai and Central Eastern China              
Shanghai Foreign Investment Service Center Metro No No No
Shanghai Minhang Economic & Technological Development Zone Development No No No
Jinton International Industrial Park, Changzhou, Jiangsu Province Private office and industrial development

No No No
Beijing and Northeastern China               
Beijing Municipality Development Planning Committee Municipal     No No No
Zhongguancun Science Park, Beijing Development No No No
Tianjin Binhai New Area Special economic development zone Tianjin article in fDi magazine Aug 2006 No No No
Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) Metro No No No
Hebei Fengrun Investment Promotion and Cooperation Bureau Region     No No No
Tangshan Municipal International Investment & Cooperation Bureau Municipal No No No
Shanxi International Investment & Trade Service Center Region     No No No
Central and Western China               
      not identified yet      
Invest in Taiwan Region No No No
Taiwan Investment & Trade Office TECRO Region No No No
Taiwan Industrial Development & Investment Center Region No No No
Taiwan Business Council for Sustainable Development Region No No No
Taiwan Trade - China External Trade Development Council (CETRA) Region No No No
Hsinchu Science Park Administration Development - tech park Dr. Kung Wang, CEO No No No
Taipei World Trade Center - Permanent Trade Mart -  exhibition center operated by CETRA Region

No No No
Mongolian Development Research Center No No No
Explanation of column headings above
  •  Organizations are generally sorted in postal code order so that locations which are geographically close to each other will usually (not always) be grouped together.  This is a selective directory, even though the state directory is more comprehensive than the very selective one we will maintain at the regional level to highlight the organizations which support our work or are found to be of frequent interest for the convenience of the executives and business advisors we serve.
  •  Scope : is the area served by the organization, and postal code.  We may include thumbnail maps which expand to show information about participating areas, or link directly to good maps or GIS research tools on the organization's website.
  •  Contacts : relationship leader at GDI Solutions for maintaining information about contacts in this area.  If there is a working relationship through our various GUIDE services, we also list the key organization contact, phone, and optional e-mail.
  •  Website and other resources : Aside from the main website link, we may include other direct links to highlight special features of expected interest to executives, especially if they might not be readily noticed by just visiting the website.  A good example of this is when relevant content is actually maintained somewhere else, such as a regional website rather than the local one, so that one would otherwise need to know to follow the available links between the websites.
The default for all other columns is "No" unless the organization supports our work.
  •  Survey : areas which have responded to our GUIDE Network Survey, with a link to their response for convenience if published (optional) and highlighted at the top.  This is often useful as an executive summary at the "long list" stage of location selection.
  •  Profile : participates in our GUIDE Area Profile service (also highlighted at the top of the page).  This involves a closer working relationship to maintain more timely and detailed knowledge of the area throughout the year, and also involves a more detailed executive summary on the website, with many relevant links.  If there are significant incentives in the area, we may also link to a GUIDE Incentives Profile.
All area representatives are encouraged to reply to the free GUIDE Network Survey, which consists of very basic questions to help maintain timely knowledge about many areas for referral purposes.  Area representatives : see how to participate.  Current service pricing is listed on the Order Form (Adobe Acrobat .PDF file).  Refer also to any special offers.  Please help us to help you by supporting our work.

Executives who use this service are encouraged to respond to our free Executive Survey, which helps us to continuously improve.

The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach their websites quickly.  Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.

Contact information for relationship leaders at GDI Solutions :
Name e-mail Phone Fax
Bruce Donnelly 847-304-4655 847-304-5375
This directory selectively highlights participating economic development organizations and professional service provider contacts in the Greater China region, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, by including more relevant links to useful content than just the local website.  The directory may also identify other contacts of potential interest to executives and business advisors on a selective basis, as in the case of the following initial examples.  We work together with EDO's to share timely knowledge about the benefits of their areas as we serve potential investors and advisors who are responsible for business location or site selection decisions for foreign direct investment (FDI) or capital investment projects such as new factories or offices, expansion projects, business relocation, and consolidation of operations as in post-merger integration situations.

Please contact us for project assistanceRelated services support global B2B technology partneringRefer also to our Bookshelf suggestions. 

Other sources of information            

The following additional sources of information are included here for ease of reference.  Have you found other good sources, or local contacts for economic development and investment support?  Please let us know so that we may share them with others.

Many biotechnology, life sciences, pharmaceutical and other companies from China, as well as Asian investment promotion agencies looking to attract biotech companies to their research, science and technology parks  were among the BIO exhibitors or attendees recent years.  BIO 2008 will be in San Diego in June 2007, and BIO also has events in Asia.
Source   Website
CIFIT - China International Fair for Investment and Trade, Sept 8-11, 2005;  International Investment Forum, Xiamen China
China Internet Information Center, - questions about investment in China
China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development

Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

and BizAPEC online business support - resources for Hong Kong expatriates  directory of products, factories, exporters
Visit our Bookshelf suggestions.  We welcome your suggestions, too.
News media, business news about China  
Far Eastern Economic Review (a Dow Jones publication) 
Financial Times - Asia Pacific news
Asia Observer - general news site for countries throughout Asia
Asia Times Online - online publisher of news / views about the region
China Economic News Service - United Daily News Group, Taipei
The China Business Review
Asia Business - weekly and monthly, Taiwan, also has specialty publications for industrial Machinery and Transportation Equipment
Time Magazine Asia online edition, business section
Chambers of Commerce and Associations  

Asia Society, their Asia Business Today events,

and their Asia Source service for country comparisons

CCPIT - China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (Beijing), China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC)
Canada China Business Council (CCBC) - since 1978
The US-China Business Council (since 1973)
The USA-China Chamber of Commerce (since 1993)
American Chamber of Commerce - Beijing
American Chamber of Commerce - Shanghai
American Chamber of Commerce - Guangdong
American Chamber of Commerce - Taipei
US-Taiwan Business Council
Foundations, non-profits, and academic resources about China  
The Woodrow Wilson Center - has a large program of Asian studies
The Nixon Center's China program - foreign relations focus
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - China program
Center for Strategic and International Studies -  China program
The National Committee on US-China Relations (since 1966)
US Government information resources about doing business in China  
US Library of Congress -  China, A Country Study
US Department of State country information for the East Asia and Pacific region
US Department of State - The United States and China
American Embassy, US & Foreign Commercial Service office, which prepares the Country Commercial Guide - link for international contact lists in US Government.

Here's some recent background which you can find through  by looking for "key officers Foreign Service" or "China gateway" :

U.S. Commercial Center, Shanghai, China

The Commercial Center in Shanghai, the financial hub of China, positions U.S. companies to compete in the entire Chinese economic area. The Center houses state economic development offices for Illinois, Michigan, Washington, and the city and county of Denver, Colorado; the Association for Manufacturing Technology; and the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers’ Institute.

Contact: Director, U.S. Commercial Center, Portman Shanghai Center, Suite 631, 1369 Nanjing Road West, Shanghai 200040, China, +86 (21) 6279-7630; fax +86 (21) 6279-7639; Web sites: or 

US Commercial Service in Taiwan - export promotion
American Institute in Taiwan - represents US interests through offices in Taipei and Washington DC in the absence of formal diplomatic relations
Multilateral organization information resources about doing business in China  
MIGA (The World Bank) published (Dec 2003) a FDI benchmarking study of six countries in Asia (China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) in two industries, electronics manufacturing and shared services. The resulting report, titled Benchmarking FDI Competitiveness in Asia, provides a critical view of each country's business environment from the perspective of potential investors, including comparable information on key factors that multinational enterprises consider either when choosing a new site, or when expanding within a region.  Although the purpose of the report is to help governments understand their relative strengths and weaknesses as competing locations for FDI, it may also be helpful background for potential investors in the region.

Translation and Localization Services
Transco - software translation and localization, Chinese translation services
Corporate Real Estate Firms

This section will be used  for convenience to highlight major corporate real estate firms with operations in the region.

See also the global CRE list, which can be used to find local offices of firms which may not be highlighted below.

We may also provide selective major property listings for the region, with links to the real estate firms and agents involved.

Colliers International - Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei
Savills Hong Kong Limited
Insignia Brooke - Hong Kong
Chesterton Petty - Hong Kong
Zeppelin Real Estate Analysis, Ltd. - in Hong Kong with offices in Shanghai and Beijing - maintains a website for sharing real estate market knowledge including technical articles and analyses; provides real estate consulting services

quarterly newsletter :

Regus - furnished, staffed, and equipped offices on short-term leases, plus meeting rooms, videoconferencing, and temporary (daily) space which may be useful to project teams needing a place to operate in an area during planning or startup work   for list of offices in over 300 locations worldwide

including Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai

Business Location Consultants, Project Management, Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, and Construction

This section will be used to highlight major firms within the region, as well as global firms with significant experience in the region.

See also the selective global lists of location consultants and project management services.  We welcome suggestions.

Tractus - offices in Shanghai and Bangkok, specialized in Asian location consulting
The Austin Company - see Profile (link) of services; offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Singapore, and Shanghai
PacTac Advisors - Dennis Smith, location consultant in NY, formerly with Austrade
Tax and Legal Consultants

This section will be used to highlight major firms within the region, as well as global firms with significant experience in the region.

See also the selective global lists of tax advisors and international legal advisors.  We welcome suggestions.

McKee Nelson LLP (has an alliance with Ernst & Young LLP)
WSGR - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati  (note Silicon Valley practice, and cooperation with companies in Japan, China, and Taiwan, including the Deloitte & Touche Japanese practice in San Jose CA).  
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey - legal (formation of business entities, including foreign direct investment projects in China, as well as their corporate real estate practice)
Lehman Brown - taxes in China

Gilbert & Tobin  (Australia and Asia Pacific, IT telecoms and media focus)

with Arculli and Associates (Hong Kong)

Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw  (note Global Trade Practice, and MBP Consulting in China)  
Pacific Rim Advisory Council (regional assn. of law firms)
Grant Thornton LLP - China Resource Center
Banks       This list identifies major banks in the region for convenience.  See also the selective global list in the corporate development and finance section.
HSBC (The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd.)
International Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)
Bank of China  
Standard Chartered Bank, Hong Kong  
SinoPac, Taiwan  
China Trust Commercial Bank, Taiwan

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