China is now one of the top 50 economies in the world for ease of doing business, due to a record number of reforms carried out last year, according to the World Bank Group in its annual doing business report released last Wednesday.
"China advanced to a global ranking of 46 this year, up from 78 last year, as the country implemented the largest number of reforms in the East Asia and Pacific region," the report said.
Bert Hofman, World Bank country director for China, said: "China has made rapid progress in improving its business climate for domestic small and medium enterprises in the past year. The progress signals the value the government places on nurturing entrepreneurship and private enterprise."
China's reforms in areas including cutting administrative red-tape earned the country a spot in this year's top 10 global improvers, according to the report.
Progress made in the areas of starting a business and getting electricity was particularly impressive.
Since last year, three procedures were removed and consequently it now takes 9 days to start a business, on par with most OECD high-income countries.
Getting an electricity connection is also entirely free in China. Japan and the United Arab Emirates are the only two other countries in the world to have this distinction.