Archive for 2006

Season’s Greetings!

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Best wishes to all our clients, partners, readers and friends! This year we are not mailing Christmas cards – due to the environmental (not to mention administrative) damage it would create…instead we are sending e-cards, and are continuing our support of charitable causes in China – specifically the Peach Foundation and Mother Bridge of Love. […]

Another Month. Another Surplus

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

China’s trade surplus for November is reported to Bloomberg (quoting Xinhua) to have been US$23.4 billion, slightly lower than October’s US$23.8 billion – but not enough to mean that anything is changing. The surplus for the year to date is a whopping US$157 billion, up from US$102 billion for 2005. “Exports rose 27.5 percent in […]

Chinese Companies are Hot

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

BusinessWeek (h/t to China Law Blog) has published a list of Asia’s 100 hottest companies. I have been watching the emergence of Chinese companies on the world stage, and recently reported on Harvard Business Review’s list of potential winners: • Baosteel (big, steel) • Emerge Logistics (3PL provider) • Galanz (white goods) • Haier (more […]

Paulson in China

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

He knows that threats don’t work in China, so what approach is US Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, likely to take when he leads a big delegation of US business and government VIPs to China next week? According to the FT, he will be looking at issues including: • Developing a “strategic economic dialogue” • Currency […]

China’s (R&D) Rise

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

China’s moves to climb up the value chain is a well-known story by now (see here on growth in patent filings and here on exports of value-added goods), but the scale of the endeavor may surprise. iTWire notes a new report from OECD that predicts China will be second only to the US in terms […]


Friday, December 1st, 2006

I recently asked the question “is there any space for MySpace in China?”. Well, at least two people seem to think there is (though my fellow bloggers generally beg to differ). The Wall Street Journal has confirmed that: “News Corp.’s is in talks to bring the social-networking site to China with Boston technology trade […]

Views on China. From the Top.

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

The Friends of Europe, together with Gallup Europe, have produced a paper on “EU and US Leaders’ Views on China”. The survey, conducted in June and July 2006, included feedback from an impressive array of respondents (95 senior politicians, academics and assorted worthies). Some of the main findings (with my comments in italics) included: 1. […]

China in Africa. Africa in China

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

In case anyone missed it, there was a major Summit of the Forum on China- Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing earlier this month. It is worthy of note (more so than the many “Year of Friendship” announcements with…just about everyone) because of its scale, and the trends that it highlights in relation to China’s global […]

Don’t Quote Me (On China’s Rise)

Friday, November 24th, 2006

Another for our collection of quotes…this time from Tim Moore, Chief Executive of SGAI Tech, a high-tech firm that provides a variety of product development services. It is also a joint venture between companies in the UK and Hong Kong. He is quoted in the China-Britain Business Review as saying: “China is a train coming […]

The Challenge of China’s (Hurt) Feelings

Friday, November 24th, 2006

I attended an interesting event last month that covered quite a lot of ground, including the EU relationship with China. There was a strong and senior Chinese delegation in attendance (mainly representing government and academia), and the debate was lively. Although the discussion was off-the-record, I can share a few interesting (if un-attributed) views from […]