Arbitrary Arbitration (Enforcement)

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Managing the Dragon recently wrote about arbitration in China, and where best to conduct it (referring to a Wall Street Journal Article). The article outlines some cases heard in Stockholm, won by the foreign party…however enforcement and recovery has not yet been achieved. Jack notes: “Arbitration is only the first, and the easiest, of the […]

Anti-Monopoly Law Put to the Test

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Microsoft (the “small flaccid” one) is reported to be in the firing line of China’s antitrust investigators under the Anti-Monopoly Law, which we reported on here (see more background on China Law Blog here). ChannelWeb reports: “China state media on Wednesday reported that the Chinese government’s State Intellectual Property Office has launched antitrust investigations against […]

McKinsey: Chinese Companies Competing. Globally?

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Two new reports from McKinsey are flagged by China Challenges: These things are always good reading. And this time they are about one of our favorite subjects – Chinese companies going global. McKinsey’s own report outlines are below: Competition from China: Two McKinsey surveys “Executives around the world expect competition from Chinese companies to increase, […]

Bell (Finally) Rings for Telecoms Reform

Friday, May 30th, 2008

It has been a long wait (we flagged it back in November 2006), with lots of talk, lobbying and political positioning, but the long-expected reforms of Chinese telecoms sector have now been announced. The Economist reported: “BY ANY measure—revenues, employees, customers—it is the largest industrial reorganisation ever. And, reflecting how business is done in China, […]

How to Lose Friends and Alienate (1.3 billion) People

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Well done Sharon Stone – for providing a classic example of what not to say (see the link below for how she thinks the earthquake was a result of bad karma). The media, and the Chinese people, have been quick to react to La Stone’s almost unbelievable comments. Forget the obvious confusion about politics, religion […]

Statistics that Don’t Add Up

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

China is a big, fast-moving place, and it generates A Lot of statistics. These statistics get fed in to economic models, are relied upon when making business decisions, and are even written about in blogs…but can they be trusted? We have noted problems with Chinese statistics before – restated GDP numbers , different figures from […]

Laws (and Costs) for Labour, the Environment (and Harmony)

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

China Law Blog is on top of things as usual. It points to useful updates on the very topical labour and environmental laws. Environmental Law The environment in China has become a key policy focus, and presents real challenges. China Daily reports on legal developments: “In order to protect its environment and support economic development, […]

Angry (and Misunderstood) China

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

It was hard to miss the cover of last week’s “Angry China” edition on the Economist. It was also hard for a lot of people to accept. Paul Denlinger, at China Vortex blog, wrote a good piece on it, and noted: “The main gist of the article is that the Chinese government should be worried […]

The Carrefour (And CNN) That Chinese Consumers Don’t Care For

Monday, April 28th, 2008

While some have already commented eloquently on how business blogs might deal with Big (political) issues, this one will continue to do what it says on the tin (i.e. put China business issues in context). But some political things are having a business impact (no great surprise there!). Right now Carrefour (perhaps unfairly, and mainly […]

Doing (Party) Time

Monday, April 28th, 2008

If you do the crime you can increasingly expect to do the time, whatever the Party affiliation, as Chen Liangyu might tell you these days. He did the crime some time ago, and now at least knows how much time he must do: “The former Communist Party boss of Shanghai, Chen Liangyu, was sentenced Friday […]