Historical evolution of the balance sheet in the People's Republic of China

Shizhong Yang, Ruining Yang, Zhijun Lin

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


This paper exhibits the historical evolution of the balance sheet in the People’s Republic of China. In particular, we examine three major changes in the balance sheet (which reports the financial position of an economic or business entity) since the founding of the new China in 1949 and the political, social and economic changes during this period. The content, structure and presentation of the balance sheet (or alternative forms of the statement in use) are illustrated. The political and economic factors driving its evolution are analyzed to assist readers in understanding the rapid changes in Chinese accounting over the last six decades. The implications of the Chinese experience for international accounting convergence are also briefly outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-34
JournalAccounting Historians Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

User-Defined Keywords

  • Balance sheet
  • Statement of financial position
  • Chinese accounting
  • financial reporting
  • Economic reforms in China


Dive into the research topics of 'Historical evolution of the balance sheet in the People's Republic of China'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this