Dec 201511:00 BST

An Introduction to China's Tax System

An Introduction to China's Tax System
Find out more about the Chinese economy and how the country’s taxation system influences economic performance.

Questions tackled included:

  • What are the main or most important features of international taxation from China's perspective?
  • Is there any 'black list' of jurisdictions applicable with respect to taxation and DTTs in China?
  • Has China made any progress in accordance with the OECD’s BEPS project and its new international standards?
  • What are the current trends for RMB? What do you foresee for the currency?
  • And more!

Our panelists were:

  • Grace Shi, CPA, CTA, MBA, Partner, ECOVIS Beijing, China
  • Kristina Koehler, Director of China Operations, Koehler Group, Hong Kong
  • Steve Dickinson, Lawyer, Harris Moure, USA
  • Eric Cai, Executive Director, Private Wealth Association & Startupbootcamp Mentor, Hong Kong

To much fanfare, our China taxation and economic growth webinar took place on Wednesday, December 9th at 10 am GMT.

There's been plenty of turmoil in China these days; its economy has slowed down and speculation has it that a financial crisis is about to strike the region. With this in mind, it made perfect sense to launch our series of “regional” webinars paying close attention to the Chinese economy and analyzing how its taxation system influences economic performance.

Audio Recording & Transcript

Please feel free to download the full transcript below.


Here's the full audio recording.

Submit Your Questions

As always, this live event included a Q&A session with queries sent to our panellists by members, attendees and the public in general. To take a look at the questions submitted, please visit our forum discussion.


Webinar on China’s Tax System & Economic Growth from Taxlinked net

Our distinguished group of panellists included:

Grace Shi, CPA, CTA, MBA, is a Partner at ECOVIS Beijing

Grace Shi, CPA, CTA, MBA, is a Partner at ECOVIS Beijing with over 15 years of experience in accounting, auditing and tax advisory services in both international accounting firms and large domestic corporations. Grace has an international MBA and a US Global Finance Master’s degree. Since 2001, she is a Chinese Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and, since 2002, a Chinese Certified Taxation Agent (CTA). Before joining Ecovis, she was the head of a leading international firm in Beijing for more six years and the CFO of a local company with more than 1000 employees. She is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.

Kristina Koehler is Director of China Operations at Koehler Group Kristina Koehler is Director of China Operations at Koehler Group. She has worked in the Chinese legal and accounting industry since 2003 when she joined Koehler Group as its China Director. Fluent in English, German, French and Mandarin, Kristina advises and represents Western clients with their business interests in China. She has worked on numerous complex transactions in FDI including corporate (re)structuring, company liquidations and mergers and acquisitions. Kristina is also co-author of Koehler Group’s monthly magazine,, which provides insight into investment, tax and operational issues for foreign companies entering and expanding throughout China.

Steve Dickinson is a Lawyer at Harris Moure Steve Dickinson is a Lawyer at Harris Moure who focuses on assisting foreign companies who do business in and with China. He prides himself on working primarily in the “real” China: the world of the factories, fish plants, and farms that lie outside of Beijing and Shanghai. Work in these areas requires a command of the Chinese language and an appreciation for the history and culture of China, and Steve possesses both of those in spades. Furthermore, Steve was named one of Washington State’s "5 Most Amazing Attorneys" by Washington CEO Magazine and also one of only three “Washington State Amazing Lawyers” in International Law. Steve was the first attorney to be invited to China by an independent Bar Association, and he has lectured in Chinese at the University of Beijing School of Law and to the Shanghai Bar Association. He also co-authors the popular China Law Blog.

Eric Cai Eric Cai is an Executive Director at Private Wealth Association and Startupbootcamp Mentor. With over 19 years of experience in the financial industry, Eric has led strategic development and projects for RTGS systems, ISO industry solutions with banks, fund managers, stock exchanges, institutional investors, High Net Worth Individuals and Family Offices. He is actively involved with governments and financial groups on legal, market access, operational and technology issues. He has worked and lived in Singapore, London, Hong Kong and Shanghai and truly enjoys the culture and food of our global village.

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