Archive for November, 2006

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 […]

The Huawei Way: Grow Up or Die!

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

I recently reported about the woes of TCL and their European adventure with Thompson , as well as the latest losses from Lenovo. However, on the upside of China’s global business plan were Haier and Huawei. A bit more on Huawei here. Speaking at the Chatham House China Communications conference recently was Edward Chen, Chief […]

Does Education = Qualification?

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

It is a challenge to keep up with news coming out of China, and all my good intentions for blogging my way through several conferences that we have recently supported and / or sponsored quickly got engulfed by other pressing work. Anyway, I will be delving into my dusty conference notes over the next week […]

Free Trade. But Not For All.

Monday, November 20th, 2006

While the US and EU are increasingly taking a protectionist stance against China and its ever-growing exports, others closer to home are seeking to develop free trade agreements. I noted New Zealand’s efforts here, but since then there has been a lot of news on the issue. PanAsian Biz included details of a People’s Daily […]

Is There Any Space for MySpace in China?

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

I wrote the other day about China market entry for brands – bring in or buy locally , and before that about the value of local leadership (as opposed to far-off control) in companies such as Alibaba – so I was interested to see a piece by Jeremy Goldkorn at Danwei (h/t China Herald) about […]

Location, Location, Location! But Where is Best to Invest?

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Locating in China is an increasingly easy decision for businesses to take, given the cost savings that can be achieved. However, more and more businesses are looking to set up outside of the traditional locations such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. This is partly driven by cost considerations, as these vary greatly across China’s differently-developed […]

Economic Estimates for 2007

Monday, November 13th, 2006

While the National Development Reform Commission (NDRC) thinks that GDP growth for 2006 will be 10.6 percent, it is also predicting a slowdown in the fourth quarter. The economic tightening measures of the government over the past few months may be paying off – if the latest reports from Xinhua are anything to go by: […]