Archive for May, 2008

Bell (Finally) Rings for Telecoms Reform

Friday, May 30th, 2008

It has been a long wait (we flagged it back in November 2006), with lots of talk, lobbying and political positioning, but the long-expected reforms of Chinese telecoms sector have now been announced. The Economist reported: “BY ANY measure—revenues, employees, customers—it is the largest industrial reorganisation ever. And, reflecting how business is done in China, […]

How to Lose Friends and Alienate (1.3 billion) People

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Well done Sharon Stone – for providing a classic example of what not to say (see the link below for how she thinks the earthquake was a result of bad karma). The media, and the Chinese people, have been quick to react to La Stone’s almost unbelievable comments. Forget the obvious confusion about politics, religion […]

Sichuan Earthquake: Blog (and Business) Aid

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

As the scale of the tragedy in Sichuan has become apparent – with over 40,000 killed, and millions now homeless – people around the world have responded with generous support for the victims and their families, and for all of China. Donations have been coming thick and fast – most of it from within China […]

Stat Wrap: Trade, Inflation & FDI

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

While all eyes are rightly on the situation in Sichuan, long-term worries about the economy – especially inflation – continue to rumble in the background, and the impact on agriculture in Sichuan could put more pressure on food prices. AP reports: “China’s inflation rebounded in April to near decade-high levels…Consumer prices in April were up […]

Report: Yangtze Transport 2008 – Accessing China’s Interior

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Our old friend David Lammie at Yantze Business Services provides news of their updated report on Yangtze river ports. Yangtze container volumes increase 38 per cent in 2007 as domestic trade surges; Huge spending on transport networks opens up the interior to more inward investment Container traffic volumes on the Yangtze River surged to a […]

Sichuan Earthquake Support

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Everyone will have seen the news coming out of China about the terrible earthquake in Sichuan. Well done to Shanghaiist for taking the initiative to post about how to support the aid effort. The post (h/t China Law Blog) is reproduced below, and can be linked to from here. “Red Cross Society of China now […]

Statistics that Don’t Add Up

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

China is a big, fast-moving place, and it generates A Lot of statistics. These statistics get fed in to economic models, are relied upon when making business decisions, and are even written about in blogs…but can they be trusted? We have noted problems with Chinese statistics before – restated GDP numbers , different figures from […]

Laws (and Costs) for Labour, the Environment (and Harmony)

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

China Law Blog is on top of things as usual. It points to useful updates on the very topical labour and environmental laws. Environmental Law The environment in China has become a key policy focus, and presents real challenges. China Daily reports on legal developments: “In order to protect its environment and support economic development, […]

Angry (and Misunderstood) China

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

It was hard to miss the cover of last week’s “Angry China” edition on the Economist. It was also hard for a lot of people to accept. Paul Denlinger, at China Vortex blog, wrote a good piece on it, and noted: “The main gist of the article is that the Chinese government should be worried […]

China The Biggest (Polluter – Again!)

Monday, May 5th, 2008

We reported in March 2007 that China was, by some estimates, the biggest polluter in the world (but not, thankfully, in a per capita sense – something comfortable western consumers, and their media, would be well advised to remember when comparing and contrasting lifestyles). Anyway, now it is doubly official. According to the BBC “China […]