China Briefing – Meet the Editorial Team

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Feb. 18 – At China Briefing, we put out not just this popular China News service, but also a huge volume of magazines and books. While many of the China-based blogs are essentially one or two man bands, China Briefing is rather more. In partnership with the professional services firm Dezan Shira & Associates, China Briefing’s content is researched and contributed to by a number of professional lawyers, auditors and accountants with years of China practical experience. Although articles from Chris Devonshire-Ellis tend to be more prominent given his long term China business expertise and reader popularity, several other professionals are engaged either full time with China Briefing directly or contribute regularly from the practice. Often working behind the scenes, these are the true sources of much of the information the brand produces. Ladies and gentlemen, may we introduce you to: 

Christian Fleming – Senior Editor

A native of northeastern United States, Christian joined Asia Briefing in 2009 and heads the online editorial team. He graduated from Bates College in the United States in 2008 with degrees in Economics and East Asian Studies and has studied Chinese at Nanjing University and Shanghai Ligong University. He is based in Asia Briefing’s Shanghai office along with the rest of the editorial team.


Samantha Jones – Senior Editor

Samantha was born in Washington D.C. and has been living in China since she graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in East Asian Studies. In the past few years, she has conducted Chinese graduate studies courses at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing and worked at a Shanghai-based legal and operational consulting firm. She edits magazines and books for Asia Briefing, including the China Briefing titles.


Eunice Ku – Technical Editor

Eunice is from Hong Kong and completed her undergraduate degree at Emory University and received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 2008. Prior to working at Asia Briefing, she worked as an associate at a law firm in Shanghai. Eunice is responsible for the editorial content of our technical legal and tax series of books in addition to research for legal articles for our online section. She is based in Shanghai and speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese fluently.

Vivian Ni – Assistant Editor

Vivian obtained her master’s degree in International Commerce from the University of Korea in 2009. Before joining Dezan Shira & Associates, she worked as a researcher for a Korea-based research institute and later as a brand image supervisor for an education consulting company. Fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, English, and conversational in Korean, Vivian regularly contributes articles to all of our Asia Briefing web sites and has a strong command of China’s finance industry.

Teja Yenamandra – Analyst

Teja works as an analyst for the Asia Briefing team, researching economic and political data in East and South Asia. He is an American of Indian descent, and his work can be seen on our China Briefing, India Briefing, and web sites. He received his degree in International Relations from Boston University with a focus on Asian economic development.

Martin Kuroczik – German Editor

Martin is a native of Germany and is in charge of editing and sourcing content for the German language edition of China Briefing magazine as well as translating the news web site. He also works closely with the German Desk of Dezan Shira & Associates. He studied in the UK and graduated with a BA in Economic and Social History from Leicester University and with an MA in International Political Economy from Leeds University.

Regular Contributors

Chris Devonshire-Ellis – China and India, Business and Legal
Chris is both the founder of Dezan Shira & Associates and the publisher of China Briefing. He has lived and worked in China for over 25 years, including running both of these successful businesses over the past 19 years. His text provides an operational overview combined with practical expertise in dealing with China business, and the impact of legal and tax regulations upon operations in China. He is a member of the UNDP business advisory council for Northeast Asia. Having additionally established the firm in India, together with the accompanying India Briefing brand, he is one of the few China commentators to possess an in-depth understanding of both China, India and emerging Asia. He is based in Beijing and is a popular contributor to several international legal, tax and business newspapers and publications.

Sabrina Zhang – Tax and Audit
Sabrina is the national tax partner of Dezan Shira & Associates and is based in Beijing. Sabrina has over 16 years of experience in accounting, auditing and tax advisory services to both international businesses in China and large domestic corporations. Her bachelor’s degree is in Accounting, and her master’s degree is in Commerce from the University of New South Wales, Australia. Sabrina qualified as a Chinese Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1997, and she joined CPA Australia as an associate member in 2005. She comments on tax and audit matters for China Briefing.

Richard Cant – Legal and Finance
Richard is an Australian lawyer/CPA who has worked in business and commercial consulting both in Australia and China for the past 20 years. He was previously a partner at Ernst & Young and holds an LLB from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney. Richard is a director of legal services for Dezan Shira & Associates in Shanghai and contributes both legal and accounting content to the news section and magazines at China Briefing.

Richard Hoffmann – Legal
Richard is a senior legal associate with Dezan Shira & Associates in Beijing. He obtained an honor’s degree in law in Germany and worked in Germany and the United States for various law firms prior to joining Dezan Shira & Associates. He has published more than 50 articles in international magazines, is frequently speaking at high profile events in China and abroad and is often invited as a legal expert by international TV and radio stations such as CCTV and Reuters to comment on issues regarding foreign direct investment. He has more than 10 years of work experience dealing with international clients and speaks German, French, English and Chinese. He regularly provides commentary on China Briefing.

China Briefing has been published since 1999 and is one of the best known foreign language business publishing houses in China. Comprising this online service, together with a series of China legal and tax focused magazines and books. China Briefing is also available in French, German, Italian, and Spanish. It is part of the Asia Briefing stable of titles that also include India Briefing, Russia Briefing, Vietnam Briefing, and the Emerging Asia web site

Dezan Shira & Associates have been established in China since 1992 and are one of the largest independent tax and business advisory practices in China. Handling foreign direct investment legal, establishment, tax and accounting, the firm has 10 offices in China and some 250 staff. The firm’s brochure may be downloaded here.

A complimentary subscription to the China Briefing weekly business news and regulatory update may be found here.