Archive for April, 2006

Trade Show: International Sports Facilities Expo – ISFE-China, 2006

Friday, April 28th, 2006

China Business Services is pleased to announce that we are a sponsor of the International Sports Facilities Expo China, 2006. After the successful launch of the first edition of the ISFE-China in November 2005, this year’s ISFE will be held from August 3rd-5th at the China International Exhibition Centre, Beijing. The ISFE will continue to […]

Calling Google Names

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

A lot of people have been calling Google names recently (e.g. “evil”, see here), but until now “Valley Song” – as translated from the Chinese “Gu Ge” – has not been one of them (thanks to Across the Pacific’s blog “ATP”). This is the new Chinese name for Google, and is intended to show the […]

Trade Risk: Payments

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

There is increasing talk of trade-related scams (see here) and other problems coming out of China, especially from the central provinces. They generally hit smaller companies, and those new to the China market, but nobody is immune (we are working on one case involving pre-payment of several million dollars by an experienced, multi-national trading company, […]

Blackberry Sees Red(Berry): More Messy IPR

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

IPR news is never far off – especially for “CrackBerry” addicts, who can’t escape any sort of news. The latest IPR news relates to BlackBerry itself, and comes in the form of a rival service. Yes, you guessed it…RedBerry! The BlackBerry owner Research In Motion (which only just settled its own, rather large, IPR dispute) […]

Trade Spats Update: Shoes (Fighting); Autos (Negotiating); TVs (Watching)

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

As recently reported, China is facing trade spats with the US and the EU over car parts (both, see here) and shoes (EU, see here). In reaction to the imposition by the EU of tariffs on Chinese shoes (an action apparently voted for by only 3 countries – 10 others voted against it, while 11 […]

Round One to Deloitte in Kelon Case

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

We recently posted about the landmark, investor-led lawsuit being brought against accounting firm Deloitte over its auditing of Kelon Electric Holdings. Round one of the case has been concluded, with Shanghai’s Huangpu People’s Court rejecting the case… The Shanghai Daily reports: ”The rejection was based on a legal definition given by the Supreme People’s Court […]

Wu Paves Way for Hu in US

Monday, April 10th, 2006

President Hu Jintao faces a tough job on his trip to the US this month. He faces an aggressive anti-Chinese attitude, fuelled by fears for US jobs, and loss of US influence in Asia. But a cheque-book charm offensive is underway… A corporate advance party of over 100 Chinese firms, led by Vice-Premier Madam Wu […]

Government, Games, and Media Control

Monday, April 10th, 2006

The ongoing crackdown on the print and television media in China (recent posts include coverage of Google’s self-censorship, Rolling Stone’s sudden demise, not to mention the sad end of Mark Kitto’s That’s magazines. The latest news puts the Rolling Stone story in some context – Beijing (through the State Administration of Press and Publications) has […]

Perspectives on RMB & Trade

Monday, April 10th, 2006

While the US continues to berate China for its management of the Renminbi (RMB) – the issue at the heart of bilateral trade disputes – the EU is taking a different approach. The European Commission (which is not afraid of the bringing the odd dumping case, or slapping tariffs on Chinese goods) has given support […]

Branded in China (Sold Everywhere)

Saturday, April 8th, 2006

Branding of foreign products in China was covered in a recent post (see here), as was China’s overseas investment drive (see here). But what about Chinese brands in the international market? When David Tang (Hong Kong’s entrepreneurial cigar king) came up with his Shanghai Tang brand in Hong Kong in 1994, he aimed to make […]