Archive for March, 2006

Conference: Seizing the China Challenge

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Note: The conference listed below has been postponed to October 24-25, 2006. Seizing the China Challenge: June 20th & 21st, Central London – Plus Two Exclusive Workshops on June 22nd, 2006 The UK now invests more in China than any other EU country, and is China’s third largest trading partner within the EU. In 2005 […]

The US Backs Off On Sanctions

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

After a long, painful wait, lots of strong talk, and a 4-day visit by Senators to China, the US senate has taken a softer stance in relation to China and its management of the Renminbi (and the trade imbalance with the US). There had been a threat of a devastating 27.5 percent tariff being imposed […]

Rock & Roll (Over)

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

Following our recent post on “That’s Shanghai” and the Mark Kitto saga (a story that is noted on just about every blog on doing business in China), another magazine has hit the rocks. But in this case, the ink was barely dry before the magazine – Rolling Stone – was closed down due to their […]

The Economist’s Survey of China

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

This week’s issue of The Economist includes a Survey of China that covers key issues such the urban-rural divide, and the (politically) challenging, but economically useful, role of rural land reform. It notes that “Giving peasants marketable ownership rights, and developing a legal system to protect them, would bring huge economic benefits”, but that there […]

Economic Indicators: GDP Slowing (Up)

Monday, March 27th, 2006

China’s GDP is expected to grow around 9.6 percent, year-on-year, in the first quarter of 2006, with growth of 8.9 percent estimated for the year as a whole (against the government plan for 8 percent), according to reports. GDP growth was 9.9 percent in 2005, and 10.1 percent in 2004. Other economic indicators out recently […]

Conference: Middle East Downstream Investment Strategies & Major Projects in China

Monday, March 27th, 2006

We are pleased to announce that we are an official associate of ibc’s conference, “Middle East Downstream Investment Strategies & Major Projects in China”, on 22-23 May, 2006, in Dubai. A lot of press has been given to China’s offshore demand for, and investment in, oil and gas (including on this Blog – link here […]

Speaking in Tongues (or Interpreting & Translating in China)

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

Further to the recent post on translation and interpreting services, we decided to go into some more detail about the practical aspects of managing these essential services, and have called on some of our expert resources to report from the coal face. Details can be found below about 1) interpreting and 2) translation. 1. Interpreting […]

Names: Should iPods Dance to a Different Tune in China?

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

A recent post on ChinaBlawger, about Apple’s branding strategy raises interesting questions about branding and the subtle use of language in China. Basically, Apple have used its English branding in China, i.e. iPod and iTunes in Chinese are still…iPod and iTunes. International advertising and marketing people might like the sound of that, especially as China’s […]

Is anyone making money in China?

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

This is a question I am often asked. And the answer is…yes. Not everybody of course. But as previously noted, 61 percent of EU and 75 percent of US companies report profits from their China ventures (not to mention additional profits derived at home from sourcing cheaply there). Chinese companies also make money. The latest […]

Loving Lawyers…at The ALB China Law Awards

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Lawyers often get a hard time but, let’s be honest, they can be pretty useful. In China they can often be invaluable, and it is a brave company that seeks to operate in such a fast-changing market without good advice. As previously reported there are around 110,000 lawyers, in over 10,000 local and 160 international […]