Archive for November, 2007

Event: “Going Global – Business Opportunities in the UK Conference 2007”

Monday, November 26th, 2007

We are pleased to promote the following conference, put on by our friends at Great Events. They did a great job last year, and once again are offering insight into some key current issues and opportunities: “Going Global – Business Opportunities in the UK Conference 2007” for Chinese FDI 09.00 – 17.00. December 11th 2007 […]

Chinese ODI Hits Mexico & Afghanistan (& Rio Tinto)

Monday, November 26th, 2007

The development of Chinese overseas direct investment (ODI) has become a regular feature of the business pages . Everyone knows about the failed investment by CNOOC in Unocal, the purchase of IBM PCs by Lenovo, and the recent headline deals in BG, Blackstone, Barclays, Bear Stearns and Standard Bank (the latter seeming to prove that […]

Inflation Nation

Monday, November 26th, 2007

It seems a long time ago that China’s inflation got out of control in 1994, and had to be stamped out by then Premier Zhu Rongji. While it is not that bad this time, it is clear that inflationary pressures have become a big issue for the economy. The Chicago Tribune reports: “The highest inflation […]

Trade Surplus Hits US$27 Billion in October

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Record trade figures no longer surprise. They are right up their with the stock market and property prices! The latest figures show China’s trade surplus reached a record US$27 billion in October. Malaysia Star reports: “China’s trade surplus rose to a record US$27.05bil in October, adding fuel to US complaints yuan is undervalued as Treasury […]

Employ Anyone in China? Employ a Lawyer!

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

The Labour Law has been bubbling away as an issue for some time, but now that it is almost upon us, calls to action are starting to be heard. One of the louder (and always well-informed) voices can be found on China Law Blog: China’s New Labor Law — It’s A Huge Deal. Huge I […]

Stampeding to Regulation

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

While foreign retailers are making inroads in China, harsh lessons are being learnt when things go wrong and consumers react in unexpected ways. Xinhua reports on a tragic accident – and the rush to regulate: “China’s Ministry of Commerce issued an urgent circular on Monday banning time-limited sales promotions in shops following a deadly stampede […]

Redefining FDI

Friday, November 9th, 2007

Last year there was a lot of debate within China about the role of foreign investors in China (there were even suggestions that some foreign investors were “malicious” and were a danger to China’s long-term development). Now, after tax incentives for foreign investors have already been addressed, and as protectionist tendencies have been seen lurking, […]

The Nouveau Riche Niche

Friday, November 9th, 2007

The Harmonious Society is a worthy aim indeed, but it is (or was) also glorious to be rich. We already know something about what the merely wealthy like to buy, but Forbes gives some insight into who those at the top of the pile in China are today. “All 40 members of the Forbes Asia […]

Event: WTM-ChinaContact Forum on China’s Travel Industry

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

WTM-ChinaContact forum on China’s travel industry takes place on 14th November from 10:00-17:30 in South Gallery room 21/22, World Travel Market (ExCel, London). From our partners at ChinaContact: As China gets ready for its initiation onto the world events stage with the 2008 Olympics next August, ‘China – the Future of Travel’ forum looks at […]

4-3-2-1: China in the World Economy

Monday, November 5th, 2007

The CCPIT sponsored “Made in China 2007” seminar on Saturday featured two very impressive speakers – Dr. Shi Zhengrong, founder of Suntech Power (and one of China’s richest entrepreneurs), and Professor Lin Yifu, leading economist (and advisor to the Chinese State Council). Professor Lin started off by putting China’s economy into a global context. He […]