Online Service Offers In-Depth Information On China

As pundits continue to ponder the recent presidential visit to China, many executives see the country as a vital future market. But doing business in China can be complicated, and one company is hoping to capitalize on both dynamics by using the World Wide Web.

China Online, at is a subscription news service that takes information from more than 40 news sources in the People's Republic of China, and adds perspectives from more than 300 analysts in China and the U.S.

An introductory package, available free on a three-week trial basis, includes general business events, as well as special sections on the banking/insurance, consumer goods, information technology/telecommunications, and automotive sectors.

China Online also offers a breaking-news section, national news, and general business reports updated daily; a calendar of major events in China; key statistics on the Chinese economy; and weather reports from five major cities. Custom research also can be commissioned.

In the future, the site will add:

  • A selection of industry white papers.
  • Chinese financial indices including a consumer price market basket and currency rates.
  • Market surveys covering consumer attitudes, perceptions, and buying trends.
  • Industry reports on health care, pharmaceuticals, agribusiness, and power/energy sectors.
  • Translations of Chinese legal codes into English.
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