Archive for February, 2009

Kitto Is A China Cuckoo

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

For anyone who wants to know what it is like to be “Kitto-ed”, or to make a life in China outside the big smoke, a new essential read will soon be available. Luckily for us, Danwei has a preview of the new book, “China Cuckoo”, from Mark Kitto (of That’s Shanghai fame). Among other international […]

China Blog Tweets

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

China Business Blog is now Tweeting…come and see us on our new Twitter micro blog, ChinaBlogTweets (where we will have daily doses of China news), and join the as-it-happens China conversation that is going on in this parallel online universe. Here on the main blog we will continue with the weekly reports on key news […]

Global China Chat On Consumer Confidence in China

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

A new(s) initiative from China Speakers Bureau (with which we are affiliated): “On Monday March 2 at 5PM Beijing Time Shaun Rein , managing director of the leading research firm CMR in Shanghai will participate in the first Global China Chat of the China Speakers Bureau, looking into consumer confidence in China. China’s upcoming middle […]

It’s a Deal For Chinese ODI

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Chinese overseas direct investment (ODI) continues apace – but with a focus on solid resources rather than shaky financials. But can the politics of protectionism be far behind? And will China be better prepared for it this time round? CSMonitor reports: “Squeezed between falling profits and the credit crunch, a growing number of troubled corporations […]

Harsh Words & Economic Strains

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

As the Chinese economy joins the general global gloom, trade tensions have been rising. The Washinton Post notes that: “U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner accused China of “manipulating” its currency …The U.S. Trade Representative’s office, in a harshly worded and wide-ranging complaint to the World Trade Organization in December, alleged that China uses cash […]

Yangtze Traffic Gets Stimulus

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Stimulus package boosts Yangtze traffic volumes – according to our friends at Yangtze Business Services (whose second Yangtze Business Network conference, focusing on the logistical challenges of accessing China’s interior, will be held in Shanghai on 15 April). They provide the following details: “Accelerating investment in transport infrastructure in China’s interior has halted the recent […]

Briefly…Exports Down; Rebates Up; ODI Up

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

So much news, and so little time! We are experimenting with a new format that allows us to give maximum news in minimum time. So, in addition to our regular posts, here is some more news, in brief: China’s January exports fall 17.5% from a year ago Los Angeles Times – CA,USA The biggest percentage […]

The Highs (And Lows) of Celebrity Endorsement

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Shaun Rein writes in Forbes (h/t Imagethief) about the sorry state of the Phelps affair – he of the many Beijing Olympic gold medals, and many subsequent advertising deals…which have gone sour after a widely-publicized drug scandal: “…Kellogg quickly dropped Phelps, and Wrigley has suspended all ad campaigns with Brown, having expected the R&B singer […]

Apple Takes Another Bite

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Just over a year ago we reported on Apple’s iPhone problems in China. The story continues to ruble, with a couple of interesting stories recently published. The Washington Post reports: “…we’re getting a little more detail as to what the sticking points are between the two companies. According to Interfax, which cites a source at […]

Kung Fu (& Corporate) Philanthropy

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

China’s corporate sector has never been big on charity, but this seems to be slowly changing (along with the development of the “harmonious society”, and a fear of unrest caused by the wealth gap). A couple of recent articles are interesting to note. The Washington Post reports on martial arts star, Jet Li, as “China’s […]