E-Business Law in China: Strengths and Weaknesses

17 Electronic Markets 126 (2007)

Posted: 9 Apr 2016

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Aashish Srivastava

Monash University - Department of Business Law & Taxation

S Bruce Thomson

MacEwan University; MacEwan University

Date Written: 5 Jan, 2007


With 123 million Internet users, China represents a phenomenal potential market for e‐business. The astounding success of China in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) can be partially explained by a series of reforms of policies, regulations, and laws. Can the introduction of China's new electronic signatures law produce the same results for e‐business in China? This paper analyses the electronic signatures law as a tool fashioned by Chinese lawmakers to encourage e‐business growth in China as they encouraged FDI. We find that China has created an electronic signature law that mirrors the open, flexible, and ever‐changing e‐environment. The fact that the law is not technology‐specific, but rather technology‐neutral, allowing for technological advances, is one of its strong points. A negative aspect of the law is its lack of a set guideline for identification requirements for purchasers of a reliable electronic signature, more commonly known as a digital signature, from electronic certification service providers. Despite the few negative aspects, the electronic signatures law should encourage the development of e‐business in China.

Suggested Citation

Srivastava, Aashish and Thomson, Stanley, E-Business Law in China: Strengths and Weaknesses (5 Jan, 2007). 17 Electronic Markets 126 (2007), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2760718

Aashish Srivastava (Contact Author)

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Stanley Thomson

MacEwan University ( email )

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