The primary legislation on electronic signatures in China (not including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) is the Electronic Signature Law. Since then, the country has seen the facilitation the use of electronic signatures, especially in online commercial business. The Chinese Government has made great progress in promoting e-government services, which in turn have led to the increase in the use of electronic signatures in entities’ dealings with government departments.

Key Conditions:

Consistent with the E-Signature Law, “reliable” electronic signatures have identical legal validity as handwritten signatures or stamps. Under Article 13 of the E-Signature Law, electronic signatures are considered reliable –

Use cases of electronic signatures in China:

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed our lifestyles and how one conducts business. Most non-essential companies have established completely remote work setups. This “new normal” has concentrated more attention on electronic means of transactions. The “new normal” in the age of Covid-19 proceeds to facilitate the use of eSignatures.

Documents that cannot be e-signed in China:


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