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Business Groups, Associations and Networking for Expats in China

Submitted: December 2013

China’s international community is growing, and with it the networking opportunities for expat professionals in China.

Often the first contact point for expat professionals is their country’s Chamber of Commerce in China. Most large countries have their Chamber of Commerce representation in China and these run membership clubs. The membership clubs are primarily directed at expats from the respective country who are doing business in China and Chinese business professionals who wish to do business in that particular country. They offer support to businesses and organise regular networking events. See for example:

For other Chambers of Commerce in China, click here.

The Chambers of Commerce will also be able to direct you to other business associations and professional networks open to expats. Examples of networks open to English-speaking professionals in China include:

You can also search for local meetings of professional groups on MeetUp.

Finally, do not forget about online networking sites for professionals, such as LinkedIn or Chinese alternatives like Tianji, Dajie, Binzhi or Ushi. These networks enable both businesses and individuals to create an online profile and join groups of interest. They can be useful for self-promotion, recruitment and making new contacts in your field.

For other expat groups in China, see Expat Groups in China.

For information on business networking in Hong Kong see Business Groups, Associations, and Networking in Hong Kong.

 

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