Archive for October, 2008

Chinese Cities: On Top of The (Business) World

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

MasterCard, perhaps having noticed our recent post on Chinese cities, sent over a copy of their latest research, the 2008 Worldwide Centres of Commerce: Emerging Markets Index for our review. The report notes that “Close to 60 Percent of Cities…are in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa”. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Chinese cities are at the fore in […]

Don’t Quote Me (On When US$100=RMB100)

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Jack Perkowski, author of (book and blog) “Managing the Dragon” (and Mr China’s boss) has some good advice. One of the memorable quotes from the book, which highlights the very different perspectives of those visiting China and those who have grown up there, runs as follows: “I always carry two bills with me – an […]

Pirates Get Blacked Out

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

IP protection and pirated products get a lot of attention in China, but never more so than in the software and DVD market. Xinhua notes some follow-up on Microsoft’s latest anti-piracy tool: “Microsoft on Thursday issued a public letter defending its “black out” tool to stamp out piracy in China and attempting to clear up […]

EU-China Managers Exchange and Training Programme

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

We are delighted to promote the EU-China Managers Exchange and Training Programme, and to highlight some recent news that it has put out: “The double-digit growth rates the Chinese economy has shown in the past years have brought about a strong demand for professionals and managers that currently cannot be met. According to a survey […]

Don’t Quote Me (On the Financial Markets)

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Given the current state of the world’s financial markets, we could not find a better quote than that provided, back in July 2007, by Liu Mingkang, the Chinese banking regulator: “Only when the tide goes out can you see who is swimming naked! It is essential to take measures in good time”. Indeed! Perhaps, as […]

(Credit) Crunch Time

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

It is not all that long ago that the big credit crunch banks were being lambasted in some quarters for their plans to invest heavily in Chinese banks, and that at least one pundit was predicting “The Coming Collapse of China”. How things change! Now it is the titans of Wall Street and the City […]

China’s Trade Surplus. America’s Export Growth.

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Bloomberg reports: “China’s trade surplus widened to a record in September, boosting the currency reserves that may shield the world’s fourth-biggest economy from the global crisis. Exports rose 21.5 percent from a year earlier to $136.4 billion after gaining 21.1 percent in August, the customs bureau said on its Web site. The trade surplus climbed […]

China the Biggest: In Carbon Emissions

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

As noted on these pages, China is the biggest in an increasing number of areas – not all of them positive, but mostly reflective of the sheer scale of the country, and speed of growth. The latest headline relates to carbon emissions, and confirms other research, reported earlier. From news.com.au: “CHINA has leapfrogged the US […]