Archive for July, 2008

China Speakers Bureau News

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

As previously reported, China Business Services is an affiliate of the China Speakers Bureau. The Bureau has launched a new website, which is well worth a visit: www.china-speakers-bureau.com. The China Speakers Bureau has a database of over 300 excellent speakers, who can cover almost any subject concerning China, so if you have an interest in […]

China The Biggest: On The Web

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

We knew it was coming, but China has now been confirmed as having the biggest online population in the world, as the BBC reports: “More than 253 million people in the country are now online, according to statistics from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). The figure is higher than the 223 million that […]

Ammunition To Fight The War For Talent

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

How to obtain, train and retain the people who can help a business get ahead in such a competitive and challenging market is one of the most common topics of conversation among senior managers in China. Luckily there is some advice on hand from McKinsey (and others). A new McKinsey report “How to address China’s […]

Reporting on Bribery

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

By its very nature bribery is difficult to identify and analyze (except when people get caught!), but the good folk at Trace International are trying to uncover the inner workings through their BRIBEline www.bribeline.org initiative (which they have asked us to help promote). “BRIBEline, available at www.bribeline.org, is a secure, multi-lingual website through which companies […]

Stat Wrap (June 2008)

Monday, July 21st, 2008

This month’s stat wrap core comes courtesy of Caijing Magazine, which informs us in its newsletter that: • “China”s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 10.4 percent to top 13 trillion yuan during the first half of the year (according to National Bureau of Statistics)…was down 1.8 percentage points from the same period last year. • […]

China’s WTO Auto Blow

Monday, July 21st, 2008

While China has been in the WTO since December 2001, it has only now had the first case (the background to which we reported here in September 2006) found against it, as PA reports: “The World Trade Organization made public its first official condemnation of Chinese commercial practices on Friday, releasing a February ruling that […]

Guiding Business Travelers

Monday, July 21st, 2008

We are pleased to promote a new pair of business travel guides from our old friend Yintong Bester. Details, provided by the author, can be found below: “China’s increasing impact and importance, attracting inward investment at the rate of more than US$1billion per week, has made it the world’s fastest growing and the fourth largest […]

Visa Application Update

Monday, July 7th, 2008

It has been widely reported that visa issuance policies in China have been tightened ahead of the Olympics. Visitors are recommended to make visa application arrangements in good time, and to have all supporting documentation (which may include travel and hotel documents) in place. UK readers may wish to note the recent introduction of online […]

Shrinking Surplus. Market Pricing.

Monday, July 7th, 2008

The infamous trade surplus is falling, but rather than being driven by structural changes in trade, it is sky-high commodities prices that are having an impact, as AFP reports: “Soaring imports caused China’s trade surplus to shrink nearly 10 percent as rising global commodity prices stoked inflation in the domestic economy, official figures showed Wednesday. […]

The New Rich

Monday, July 7th, 2008

There have been a lot of wealthy people in China for quite a long time now – though simplistic reading of per capita statistics continue to convince some that Chinese people are poor. Many still are (though even they are better off than they used to be). But others are getting rich just as fast […]