Archive for March, 2010

Briefly…Top Ten Tweets (From Going Global, RMB Wrangling & Google Fallout, To Luxury Goods, Bribery & Dell’s Denial)

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

We have covered Google and Rio already so, while they continue to generate headlines, we will (mostly) focus on other news, from our ChinaBlogTweets twitter feed, here. And keep watching, as we will add posts to expand on some of these issues later in the week. 1. ODI: Finally… RT @fonstuinstra: Geely Automobile | Ford’s […]

Don’t Quote Me (On Clarity in China)

Friday, March 26th, 2010

The Google announcement about their Chinese (.cn) site kept many China watchers awake through the early hours (in China), and has resulted in many, many, many comments. It has been a struggle to select one for our “Don’t Quote Me” series, but Google’s Sergey Brin has stepped up to the plate, with the help of […]

Google, Rio Tinto & The China Business Environment

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Two stories – Google’s exit, and Rio Tinto’s trial – have dominated the China business news over the past week(s). While the cases are very different (see some links below this post), they have appeared together in many reports, and conversations. This is because they both relate to foreign firms facing problems in China, and […]

Briefly…Top Ten Tweets (From Rio’s Trial & Google’s Going, To Food Safety & Certifiable Protectionism)

Friday, March 26th, 2010

The pick of last week’s news from ChinaBlogTweets (our twitter news feed) is below. for the latest updates visit the feed, or see it in real time on the right hand side of this page. Some more comment on these stories will follow. 1. Food safety: Here we go again. Sadly. RT @MalcolmMoore: 1/10th of […]

Briefly…Top Ten Tweets (From RMB, WTO & Google Angst, To Expo, Fast Food & T2 Opportunities)

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Last week’s business news has been sliced and diced from out ChinaBlogTweets Twitter feed, and our selection of the Top ten Tweets can be found below. Some of these stories (RMB valuation, Google.cn’s exit) are hot news – commercially and politically – and are still hot topics that need daily updating (which you can find […]

Consumers, Coffees, Teas & Fast Food Strategies

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Everyone wants a piece of the famous “Chinese consumer”, whatever, and wherever that may be. Some are doing a pretty good job, and they are taking different routes – big city, second tier, or even beyond the tiers… Starbucks, which is so well established that at least one tweep uses as a city-centre marker in […]

Google.cn.R.I.P?

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Update 22/03/10: – Google News… RT @rmack: RT @mranti: RT @LEMONed: breaking: g.cn gets redirected to google.com.hk!! – RT @niubi: Official Google Blog: A new approach to China: an update http://bit.ly/9fJhW7 ————- We have already given some coverage to the Google China story, and will continue to as it is a) educational and b) entertaining. […]

RO OR WFOE?

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

It used to be something of a logical progression for international companies heading into China: 1. Representative Office, 2: JV or, latterly, WFOE (Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise). China Law Blog highlights the trend to ignore the often unnecessary (and unnecessarily restricted operations of the) Rep Office stage. The leap to WFOE is, in part due […]

Google.cn: Searching for Solutions

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Go on, Google “Google China”, and see what comes up…plenty of news covering a lot of common issues, including the trials and tribulations of good vs evil, censorship vs freedom, compliance & complaints, localization vs long-distance management, protectionism vs free trade, and business strategy vs social activism… The onset of Google’s current China woes can […]

China, Monopolies & M&A

Friday, March 12th, 2010

We have covered M&A (including Chinese outbound investment) and monopolies in China before, but new news is now on offer, with the announcement of Diageo’s bid for Chinese spirits maker Shuijingfang, as well as coverage of the Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) and the role of state-owned enterprises (SOEs). See the links from our tweets below for […]