Archive for September, 2007

A “Made in China” Apology

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

An interesting story from the Washington Post (h/t China Challenges) about the Mattel toy story. The company made an apology for the recall, and the Chinese media took it as an apology to China. But is that how it was meant?: “Mattel says that Thomas A. Debrowski, its executive vice president for worldwide operations, was […]

Boeing Balances Investment & Access

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Last week I asked if protectionism would fly in China. Well, Boeing seems to agree (sort of) with Airbus that local investment is critical to long-term sales. MarketWatch reports that: “Boeing Co…doesn’t plan to follow rival Airbus in setting up an airplane assembly plant in China, but will seek new investment opportunities in the country, […]

Dell Goes to Gome

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Business plans and practices have to be adaptable if they are to be successful in China. I reported some time ago that Dell was launching low-cost PCs for the mass market, using showrooms, call centers, and cash drop-off points (for the many without credit) – now they have done a deal to sell through (initially) […]

Inflation Hits A 10-Year High (Again)

Monday, September 17th, 2007

The Chinese economy continues to report rapid growth, and to cause some concern as inflation hits a 10-year high of 6.5 percent (though that is partly driven by the food sector, and especially problems with pork supply). The Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports (via Bloomberg): “Brisk exports, strong investment and buoyant consumption will lift economic […]

Higher Rates…Higher Markets

Monday, September 17th, 2007

While the US is engulfed with “toxic debt” problems, and there is “a run” on a UK bank, the Chinese markets are registering new records, despite more attempts to cool them, according to China Daily: “China’s major stock index shrugged off the latest monetary tightening measures on Monday, rising more than two percent to hit […]

Don’t Quote Me (On “The China Price”)

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Following some difficult times for Chinese export quality… “It is now clear that part of the China price resulted from the shift of production from jurisdictions with strong regulation and high compliance costs, to those with light regulation and low compliance costs.” Arthur Kroeber from his article, Lessons for China Inc., in the August 20, […]

Davos & Dalian

Monday, September 10th, 2007

The “Summer Davos” took place in Dalian at the end of last week, bringing together “New Champions” from around the world for some serious networking (the guest list makes for interesting reading) and some big thinking. It should really be no surprise that the World Economic Forum, like so many other organisations and events, is […]

Will Protectionism Fly?

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Two stories caught my eye recently, both relating to protectionism – a risk issue that has been highlighted for some time by “China Shakes the World” author, James Kynge. In the first story Reuters reports of protectionism in China’s energy sector: “A strong bias toward local producers and rigid price controls hinder European investors from […]

WTO on Tax & IPR

Monday, September 10th, 2007

The WTO is launching another American-led investigation into China – this time the tax regime relating to international trade (according to Reuters): “The United States and Mexico have argued that China’s tax refunds, reductions and exemptions discriminate against imported products, or subsidise Chinese exports…China argues that its tax laws are consistent with WTO rules and […]

Lessons from the Front Line: Danone vs. Wahaha

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

China Law Blog’s Steve Dickinson did an excellent article on the long-running Danone-Wahaha joint venture and trade mark case in the China Economic Review (and details can also be found at the China Law Blog. The headline lessons are below, but the whole article is well worth a read. • Do not use technical legal […]