Yes, business travel in China can be conducted safely but ensure you throughly research the region before travel. Crime levels are relatively low, however pickpocketing and theft do happen, especially in the major cities including Beijing. Sexual harassment against female visitors when traveling on the metro is common. This has resulted in female-only carriages in some locations in China. However, be aware that the threat is likely to still exist.
Business travel clients in China usually request a security driver and appropriate vehicle to facilitate their movements.