Archive for July, 2007

Don’t (Mis)Quote Me (On Black And White Cats)

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Never one to knowingly miss a good speaker (or lunch), I attended a China Association event last week at the rather grand National Liberal Club in London. James Kynge, former FT writer and author of the excellent China Shakes the World was the speaker. As readers of China Law Blog and Peking Duck will already […]

The Environment: A Disaster, RMB10 Billion & A Blacklist

Monday, July 30th, 2007

US Treasury Secretary Paulsen seeks common ground in the form of the environment on his latest China trip. While that might usefully take discussions away from the RMB (and the latest Senate bill) it also comes at a time when the environment in China is again hitting the headlines (The Star): “Residues from a local […]

Trust (And Test And Inspect)

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Given the spate of recent horror stories on dangerous Chinese products, many have been reminded of the value of factory audits, quality testing, and pre-shipment inspections. China Success Stories has a timely article (courtesy of Nicholas Binse from Cotecna) on this subject. Key points include: • Use a professional: “By experience they know what to […]

Conference: China – The Future of Travel

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

The China Business Blog and China Business Services are pleased to support – for the second year – “China – the Future of Travel” at the WTM-ChinaContact forum in November. Please see the details below. China – the Future of Travel WTM-ChinaContact forum 14 November, 2007, London De-mystifying China’s tourism industry A full day of […]

China The Biggest: Mobile Phones (And In Line for Online As Well)

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Last time it was “China The Biggest: Polluter”. This time it is something a bit more positive (at least commercially). Recent news (thanks to Bloomberg) is that China’s mobile phone users may have passed the 500 million mark in June, adding that: “…At the current pace, China will reach the government’s target of 520 million […]

Cool Aid Cocktail For The Economy (Mix Rates, Taxes, Loans & Trade)

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

As the economy continues to fly, the Chinese government has taken more action to try and reign in growth. According to the FT: “China on Friday responded to a surprise acceleration in growth during the second quarter and a jump in inflation by announcing it would slash its tax on bank deposit interest income and […]

Vote for China Business Blog!

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Chinalyst’s China Blog Awards are now entering the final week of voting (ending 31 July)… so please vote now for China Business Blog. You can register your vote by following this link and clicking on the plus (+) sign under the number. Thank you in advance for your support! The Awards cover 6 categories and […]

China’s “Go Global” Spending Spree

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

On this (cold and wet) side of the “pond” we variously revere and resent our cousins in the US (size matters in business). So it was when the newly formed Chinese state investment authority bought into Blackstone, the US private equity firm. However, the latest news is that the UK bank Barclays may also be […]

Bribed in the PRC. Prosecuted in the USA.

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

“Bribery”, “corruption” and “fraud” in China all are regular features of the business headlines. But readers (at least many of them) often assume that they are “Chinese” problems. Often they are, but it is not a safe assumption. In recent months I have come across three cases of employee fraud at foreign companies operating in […]

Transparency And The Environment

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

The environment is high on the government agenda, as President Hu Jintao made clear recently, but there is still much to be done. The FT notes an OECD report that has some scary conclusions: “China’s air pollution will cause 20m people a year to fall ill with respiratory diseases, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and […]