Archive for the 'Business Issues' Category

All-Consuming Urbanisation (& Tourism)

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Urbanisation and consumption in China come together in this week’s post. The former is said by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council to be an “irresistible force” and a key plank of China’s development plan. They note that: The “National Plan for Promoting Healthy Urbanisation (2011-2020) has been reportedly formulated. Under this, over 20 city […]

Kunming, Consumers, Green Companies & Entrepreneurs

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

It’s 22 years since I was last in Kunming (on my way to Dali – which now, of course, has an airport). A lot has changed…and a lot of the changes are relevant to today’s China story – urban development, consumption, leisure, an entrepreneurial private sector, and concern over the environment. The City of Eternal […]

Another (Bumpy) Data Day

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Today’s data shows a bit of a bump on the road to recovery, with GDP for Q1 coming in below forecasts at 7.7% (http://on.wsj.com/114jWC6). Other figures out today, also point to problems. Retail sales growth slowed, according to Xinhua, to “12.4 pct y-o-y to 887.22 billion USD in Q1, down 2.4 percentage points”, while industrial […]

China’s Urban Billion(s)

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

China is undergoing many transitions, but underlying them is the transition to an urban society. The majority of Chinese now live in cities, and the number is set to rise, with urbanisation as the main driver of growth – RMB40 trillion has been budgeted to bring 400 million people into cities in next decade. “Urbanization […]

Consumer (& Brand) Discrimination (& Crisis)

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

While in Shanghai 15,000 (+) floating pigs, and Shenzhen’s dead ducks, are making headlines (we’ll save food safety for another day), alleged consumer discrimination by Apple is also causing a stink (see link for the original Danwei post): “…CCTV accused Apple of discriminating against Chinese customers by offering lower levels of service and charging fees […]

Briefly…Top Ten Tweets (From Accounting, Tariffs & Trains, To The Party, Spies & Fraud)

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Here follows another update, from last week’s top posts on our ChinaBlogTweets Twitter stream: Accounting Guidelines @chinahearsay Stan Abrams Latest China Hearsay: New Accounting Firm Guidelines: Protectionism or Quality Control? http://bit.ly/mNnrQV (also see: You can account on it! RT @China_Daily: China sets guideline for accounting businesses http://tinyurl.com/5vqxeab) Localisation & KFC (& Walmart) RT @Chinalyst: KFC […]

Briefly…Top Ten Tweets (From FDI, Inflation & Appreciation, To Floods, Fraud & Food)

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Better late than never, and thanks to long trips and tight deadlines, this post covers the week before last. Read on for news from our ChinaBlogTweets Twitter stream: FDI RT @iichina: China May FDI Grows 13.43Pct http://goo.gl/fb/KD6oM Inflation RT @shanghaidaily: Full story: May inflation up 5.5%, rise in interest rate likely. http://xpo.sh/1sh (also see: Feeding […]

Briefly…Top Ten Tweets (From Growth, Surplus & Design, To Real Estate, Risks & Testing Times)

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Read on our pick of the last week’s China business news from our ChinaBlogTweets Twitter stream: GDP RT @shanghaidaily: World Bank predicted that China’s economic growth will slow to 9.3% this year from 10.3% last year. http://xpo.sh/1rw (also see: Stats RT @WSJAsiaBiz: Chinese GDP Data: How Reliable? http://on.wsj.com/kykbk2 Inflation RT @Changing_China: China inflation may top […]

Briefly…Top Ten Tweets (From Prices, Power & Water, To Fraud, Foxconn & Food)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Read on our pick of the last week’s China business news from our ChinaBlogTweets Twitter stream: GDP 9.4% RT @beyondbrics: Better late than never: Goldman cuts China forecast http://on.ft.com/k3OrJD Inflation Prices, Unilever, inflation, policy RT @ftchina: Beijing softens stance on price increses http://on.ft.com/kPeMu1 (see also: Inflation RT @caixinmediafeed: Caixin: CICC economist…China’s annual average CPI will […]

Briefly…Top Ten Tweets (From FDI, M&A & Gold, To Damn Dams, Food Scandals & Rich Clubs)

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Read on our pick of the last week’s China business news from our ChinaBlogTweets Twitter stream: FDI RT @shanghaidaily: FDI in China grew 26.03% year-on-year to reach US$38.8 bln during first 4 months of this year. http://xpo.sh/1qw (see also: TheEIU_China The EIU China China’s hot money flows are driven by Chinese avoiding tax, disguising export […]