Archive for February, 2007

Domain Name Pain!

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Yesterday I was speaking with a client about doing some product development and sourcing work in China, and heard that, following some prototype developments in Vietnam, they had just found out that some “enterprising” local had registered a local internet domain name on their brand. But this is not just a problem for new businesses […]

Taking Stock of Retail Strategies.

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

There are many ways to skin a cat, as the saying goes. But how do you develop a successful strategy for China? Repeat what works globally, adapt around the edges, or create a new model? These are big questions for many corporates with many differing approaches. Two very different cultures – US and French ones […]

Don’t Quote Me (On Statistics)

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Statistics are hard work just about anywhere, but in China they can be especially exasperating (see here and here) as rapid change combines with lack of transparency (not to mention questionable sourcing, occasional policy-driven prodding etc.). The result is lots of data in need of thoughtful analysis. Luckily there are people who do this sort […]

Prickly Times for Privatization & Private Equity

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Investors in China have plenty to read (and worry) about these days (see more here about changing attitudes to foreign investment). In the latest round, we have news about an anti-privatization lobby, and the continuing problems for private equity investors. A story carried by AP, notes that there is a growing movement to protect state […]

3 x 0 = 2050

Friday, February 16th, 2007

OK, so the maths does not quite work! A better explanation may be that the newly-coined “3 zeros” are key to China’s plan for development sustainability by 2050. The suggested ingredients include, according to People’s Daily: • “zero growth in the natural growth rate of the population by 2030” • “zero growth in the consumption […]

Presentation at LSE’s China Week

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

The China Development Society at the London School of Economics will be holding its annual “China Week” from 26 February to 2 March. Alongside a variety of other events, I (this is me) will be delivering a presentation (building on a recent theme) on 2 March, entitled “Two Faces for China FDI”. Two Faces for […]

The Trade Surplus & The Trillion Dollar Question

Monday, February 12th, 2007

As China records yet another big trade surplus – The Times reports that the figure for January was $15.9 billion, and should pass US$200 billion for the year – international political pressure on the RMB continues to mount. Adding to voices from the US, G7 ministers have also been making themselves heard. The BBC reports: […]

IP Law Improved. Crackdown Carried Out. Sense of Humour Tested.

Monday, February 12th, 2007

IP stories are inevitable when covering China – it has the most problems because it makes the most stuff, and is still developing – but, while enforcement is patchy (and improving), the laws are generally thought to be OK. So, what is the latest? Reuters has reported on a recent move by the Supreme People’s […]

Football Gives Brand China a Kick (and a Punch)

Friday, February 9th, 2007

I was lucky enough to be invited along to a China vs. Chelsea match at Brentford (look it up!) earlier this week. It was a good evening out, and attracted a lot of the London Chinese community, in addition to vocal Chelsea supporters. While the first half was pretty dull on the pitch, things picked […]

A (Consumer) Storm in a (Foreign) Coffee Cup

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Starbucks seems to be everywhere is China’s big cities (it has around 200 branches) and locals and expats alike can be found reading, meeting and drinking the high-priced hot stuff. The success of Starbucks in China has been hailed as a victory for a foreign consumer brand, and proof that urban Chinese consumers will spend […]