What do you do when your chief executive suddenly decides to come to China looking for equities to buy and demands a list of the 10 best possibilities that also details why he should buy them? A book published last week will save you some pain. The China Companies Handbook 2005 covers 100 companies listed on the mainland, Hong Kong and American markets, with analysis of the 20 sectors to which they belong and major economic, social and financial issues. The information was compiled by Research-Works, which has offices in Singapore and Shanghai, and Quantum Information Services of Mumbai. Cazenove, a brokerage that has been covering Hong Kong-listed stocks since 1974, sponsored the book. 'There is a need for an independent investment guide to help investors first understand what the China market has to offer and then have an understanding of how to navigate it,' the authors explain. 'There is no easily accessible reference work that takes investors beyond the tonnes of data that stockbrokers, data compilers and governments alike churn out in ever-increasing quantities but without any insight or context.' Hugh Peyman, founder of Research-Works, said: 'We are aiming the book at the whole range of investors, from professional fund managers to private investors. 'We do not minimise the degree of difficulty of investing in China.' The guide - published by SCMP Book Publishing - sells for $380 and is available throughout Asia.