Easy setup, minimal tax requirements guaranteed, 100% ownership, limited commitment. Proven draws for the Representative Office. Why, then, do so many entrepreneurs each year swap the safety of a Representative Office for speculation in mainland China – either in the Free Trade Zone or onshore? Simply put, it’s a logical progression of many a successful business. Right off the bat, setting up a liaison office is prudent. Foreign Invested Enterprises (FIEs) currently liaise from the three biggest China cities alone. Inbound entrepreneurs can hop on the fast-track to launch via pre-packed licenses, employee visas, and corporate bank accounts. The paradigm works well for those who want to test the climate. However, as veterans may attest, a time comes when expansion and growth call for a Limited Liability license and migration to the Free Trade Zones or onshore business.