Visualizing Cars In (or The Coming Crash of) China

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Re-hashing the title of Gordon Chang’s infamous book, “The Coming Collapse of China”, we bring you some fabulous “infographics” on China’s car market from…Chinfographics. & We have been following their auto series on Twitter, and wanted to share it, as it is a great way to visualize just how far China has travelled, […]

Poor, Wealthy & Rich in China

Friday, April 17th, 2009

China may have low per capita incomes, but those figures hide the wealth that is concentrated at the top, as we have reported here and here, and in many other posts…. McKinsey recently reported on China’s Rich: “Coming of Age, China’s new class of wealthy consumers“. Washington Post reported: “In 2008, the report said China […]

All Change As Companies Adap to the Downturn

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

While the slowdown starts to bite, news of foreign companies adapting to changing conditions is starting to roll in – whether in retail, IT or coffee, things are being shaken up. The Wall Street Journal reports that: “…French retailer Carrefour SA is touting discounts on everything from food to wine to appliances. It says the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

China The Biggest: On The Web

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

We knew it was coming, but China has now been confirmed as having the biggest online population in the world, as the BBC reports: “More than 253 million people in the country are now online, according to statistics from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). The figure is higher than the 223 million that […]

The New Rich

Monday, July 7th, 2008

There have been a lot of wealthy people in China for quite a long time now – though simplistic reading of per capita statistics continue to convince some that Chinese people are poor. Many still are (though even they are better off than they used to be). But others are getting rich just as fast […]

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 […]

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 […]