|Party to Hague Service Convention?||Yes|
|Party to Hague Evidence Convention?||Yes|
|Party to Hague Apostille Convention?||Yes|
|Party to Inter-American Convention?||No|
|Service of Process by Mail?||No|
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U.S. Consulate General Chengdu
4 Lingshiguan Road
Chengdu, Sichuan 610041
Telephone: (86)(28) 8558-3992 or 8555-3119
Emergency Telephone: (86) (10) 8531-4000 or 1370-800-1422
Fax: (86-28) 8554 6229
The Consulate General in Chengdu provides consular services for the provinces/autonomous region of Guizhou,
Sichuan, Xizang (Tibet) and Yunnan, as well as the municipality of Chongqing.
U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou
Number 1 South Shamian Street, Shamian Island
Telephone: (86)(20) 8518-7605
Emergency Telephone: 011-86-10-8531 4000 (from the U.S.) 010-8531 4000 (from China)
This consular district includes: the provinces/autonomous region of Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, and Fujian.
U.S. Consulate General Shanghai
Westgate Mall, 8th Floor, 1038 Nanjing Xi Lu,
Telephone: (86)(21) 3217-4650
Emergency Telephone: (86) (21) 3217-4650
Fax: (86-21) 6217-2071
This consular district includes Shanghai municipality and the provinces of Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.
U.S. Consulate General Shenyang
No. 52, 14th Wei Road, Heping District,
Telephone: (86)(24) 2322-1198
Emergency Telephone: (86) (10) 8531-4000 or 86-137-0988-9307 (calling from the United States), or 137-0988-9307
(calling within China).
Fax: (86)(24) 2323-1465
This consular district includes: the provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin, and Liaoning.
Chinese Attorneys/American Law Firms in China: It is our understanding that Chinese law offices are within the jurisdiction and authority of the Ministry of Justice. Under the Ministry of Justice is the Department of Public Notaries and Lawyers, which in turn establishes legal advisory offices at provincial and local levels. All lawyers and public notaries in China are part of this system, and as such are employees of the State. Lawyers in the Chinese system therefore do not necessarily assume the advocacy role expected of lawyers in the United States, but rather have obligations to the State as well as to their clients. Anyone who retains the services of a lawyer in China should understand this difference between the American and Chinese legal systems. American law firms with a presence in China maintain representative offices which may provide legal advice to clients on commercial, tax, or economic law as it relates to investment in China by foreign firms.
China is a party to the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extra Judicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters. Complete information on the operation of the Convention, including an interactive online request form are available on the Hague Conference website. Requests should be completed in duplicate and submitted with two sets of the documents to be served, and translations, directly to China’s Central Authority for the Hague Service Convention. The person in the United States executing the request form should be either an attorney or clerk of court. The applicant should include the titles attorney at law or clerk of court on the identity and address of applicant and signature/stamp fields. In its Declarations and Reservations on the Hague Service Convention, China formally objected to service under Article 10, and does not permit service via postal channels. For additional information see the Hague Conference Service Convention website and the Hague Conference Practical Handbook on the Operation of the Hague Service Convention. See also China’s response to the 2008 Hague Conference questionnaire on the practical operation of the Service Convention.
Service on a Foreign State: See also our Service Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) feature and FSIA Checklist for questions about service on a foreign state, agency or instrumentality.
Service of Documents from China in the United States: See information about service in the United States on the U.S. Central Authority for the Service Convention page of the Hague Conference on Private International Law Service Convention site.
Prosecution Requests: U.S. federal or state prosecutors should also contact the Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division, Department of Justice for guidance regarding the U.S.-China agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.
Defense Requests in Criminal Matters: Criminal defendants or their defense counsel seeking judicial assistance in obtaining evidence or in effecting service of documents abroad in connection with criminal matters may do so via the letters rogatory process.