Briefly…Top Ten Tweets: From the Environment to Environmental ODI, Rejected ODI, Odious Autos and Dodgy Data. And a Bit of Economics & Politics.

Friday, June 5th, 2009

1. Environment: “It is a disgraceful lifestyle to drive a BMW but have only dirty water to drink”. China’s environment minister Comment: The environment is looming large as a topic, and is also getting a lot of fiscal stimulus attention. For more on what he said, and on “green” ODI and carbon taxes, see […]

Milk’s Message: Know What You Are Buying (And What You Are Selling)

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

We have been here before with baby milk, pet food and Sudan Red (see more here). Not to mention the execution of the former head of the State Food and Drug Administration. But the current baby milk powder crisis shows that there is still a serious supply chain risk, and that companies need to proactively […]

Monopoly on Coke

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Coke’s juicy M&A plans have already been raked over in the press (and on this blog). But next it is likely to be raked over by Chinese anti-monopoly officials (amongst others). As AP reports: “Coca-Cola’s $2.5 billion offer…for China Huiyuan Juice Group Ltd. already has stirred nationalist opposition. Comments posted on Chinese Web sites criticized […]

Coke’s FDI Mixer: Juice, Brand, Health, and Politics

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

There has been plenty of foreign direct investment (FDI) into China over the years, and it is continuing strongly (with the help of the RMB) despite lots of laws, regulations and rising costs, many of which have been reported on this blog. The last time we mentioned big FDI, it was in relation to China’s […]

Antitrust News (Again)

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Recent reports about Microsoft being a target for China’s new antitrust laws have resurfaced in Caijing Magazine, which reports: “On July 31, one day before the new anti-monopoly law went into affect – the first of its kind for China – came into effect, lawyer Dong Zhengwei formally petitioned the Ministry of Commerce (MOC), the […]

Li Ning Lights Olympic Flame (Under Adidas)

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

The opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics was pretty impressive by any standards (even if some bad habits were picked up from UK and other TV tricksters). But the stand-out (business) moment for us was the lighting of the flame by Li Ning. For the uninitiated, Li Ning is a) a former Chinese Olympic champion […]

Carlyle-Xugong. R.I.P.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

A long-running Chinese (business) soap opera has finally come to en end, as AP reports: “U.S. private equity firm Carlyle Group has dropped its bid to buy a stake in a Chinese construction equipment maker…after multiyear talks that stirred nationalist opposition. Carlyle’s bid for Xugong Group was closely watched amid U.S. government warnings about possible […]

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 […]

China Mobile’s Big (Procurement) Call

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

China is a big place, used to big deals. It is also fast-moving, and nowhere more so than in the (recently restructured) telecoms sector. Not everyone going to China gets it right – and Apple got bruised recently in its negotiations with China Mobile. However significant successes do some to some – with that very […]

China Plane Plan Takes Off

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

The plan to get a Chinese passenger jet to market entered a new phase recently with the set-up of a US$2.7 billion company. Times of India notes: “Government sources said that the new company, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (CACC), will be responsible for researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing a made-in-China large passenger aircraft. The […]