Archive for March, 2009

Briefly…the Top Ten Tweets (Served Up With A Coke Cocktail & 607 Billion Texts)

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Briefly….the Top Ten Tweets of the past week bring us an FDI-ODI-GDP Coke cocktail for un- (and under-)employed graduates and reactionary consumers – no wonder they have time to send 607 billion texts, and apply for plenty of patents! 1. Another China GDP downgrade from 8% to 6-7% – RT @BusinessDesk: Guardian business: OECD cuts […]

Briefly…Our Top Ten Tweets (From Barbie To The Economy)

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Our weekly round-up of our favorite Top Ten Tweets (“TTT”) from our new micro blog, ChinaBlogTweets, follows, and what a busy time a financial crisis can create! This week Barbie goes head to head with Riich cars and rural PCs for the fiscally stimulated wallets of the Chinese consumer; ChinesePod will need to battle with […]

Targeting Corrpution

Friday, March 13th, 2009

In any big economy there will be fraud and corruption (think Madoff, Siemens etc.), and China has its fair (?) share, as we have reported in the past. After a number of recent scandals, including one that involves a big US bank (Morgan Staley), FDI, real estate and Sino-US corruption (killing several birds with one […]

Trade Is Down…But China Is Not Out.

Friday, March 13th, 2009

The statistics keep coming, and they keep making gloomy reading – despite China’s continues assertion that it will chase 8 percent growth for 2009. Trade has more-or-less fallen off a cliff – and consumer confidence has been hit. But the picture, as usual is complex, and China’s massive stimulus is starting to kick in – […]

FDI Fizz

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Coke has been all over the blogosphere with its investment plans (we initially covered it here, last September). Now, as China is reported to be reviewing the Huiyuan deal under the new anti-monopoly law, Coke has announced dramatic expansion plans, and an additional US$2 billion of investment into China – something that will boost FDI, […]

Don’t Quote Me (On Err…Being Quick & Decisive)

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Here is a quote we picked up from Zhou Xiaochuan, Governor, People’s Bank of China, on Twitter last week. It catches the current mood nicely: “We must err on the side of being quick and decisive.” And it is clear from Premier Wen Jiabao’s comments this week that China is ready to do some serious […]

Long Live The (Green) Revolution!

Friday, March 13th, 2009

All those interested in the environment must also be interested in China (size alone dictates). So here is a link for them (just about everyone?) to a hefty online tome from McKinsey (which we, it must be admitted, have not had time to read in full). McKinsey: “China’s Green Revolution” h/t @christinelu For those with […]

Briefly…Food Safety, Online Politics, Economic Issues & Impact, Labour Law, Fraud & Corruption

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Here is our selection of Top Ten Tweets from the past couple of weeks. For the full feed, visit the site at ChinaBlogTweets: 1. RT @FonsTuinstra: No doubling of the stimulus package soon – Arthur Kroeber Comment: Premier Wen has re-stated the 8% GDP target, and others in government have expressed confidence. There could […]

Government Communications (Go Online)

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

We usually talk about government communications from the perspective of people who talk to government. However, this time it is government (the Chinese one) that is doing the communicating – online (h/t Sam Flemming) The Wall Street Journal reports on Wen’s online chat: “Last year, Chinese President Hu Jintao made headlines when he became the […]

Q: When is a (China) Briefing Not A Briefing? A: When It Is Off The Record (Or “Pure Fabrication”)

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

There are a lot of rules in China, written and unwritten – and just as many interpretations. That is one of the things that helps make business life so interesting. Occasionally a story appears that helps to focus a spotlight on the area where the do’s meet the don’ts. In the case of China Briefing, […]