China's entry to the WTO: Prospects and managerial for foreign life insurance companies

Man Kwong Leung, Trevor Young

Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingChapter in an edited book (as author)Academic researchpeer-review


The availability of business opportunities and the improving political environment of the Chinese economy are important factors determining the entry of foreign life insurance companies. The paper further argues that a foreign life insurer with certain attributes, viz. large assets and special links to Hong Kong, is more likely to enter the Chinese market. Although the impact of WTO entry on the Chinese life insurance industry will be mixed, the prospects for foreign life insurers are promising. A foreign life insurer is more likely to be profitable if it is able to make sound managerial decisions, based on the attributes facilitating its entry, in its choice of market niche and Chinese partner, its long-term planning, and its product and personnel management. Investment expertise will become a critical determinant of profitability only when there is full access to capital markets.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Future of Chinese Management
PublisherFrank Cass
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)0203009592, 9780203009598
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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