Better Statistics. Don’t Count On It.

Friday, March 5th, 2010

We have often written about the (over) abundance of (questionable and re-stated) data in China, and this continues to be an issue. One that seems to be causing the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) some stress. First the powerful National Development & Reform Commission seeks to take away the responsibility for GDP calculations. Then the […]

China the Biggest: In Carbon Emissions

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

As noted on these pages, China is the biggest in an increasing number of areas – not all of them positive, but mostly reflective of the sheer scale of the country, and speed of growth. The latest headline relates to carbon emissions, and confirms other research, reported earlier. From “CHINA has leapfrogged the US […]

New Cities On The Block

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

While Beijing is still basking in the afterglow of the Olympics, Forbes and the Economist have been looking further afield, and have (added to the ranks of those who have) ranked the business attractiveness of China’s bigger cities. From Forbes (via Top Five: 1. Hangzhou 2. Shanghai 3. Wuxi 4. Nanjing 5. Ningbo “Hangzhou […]

Event: China Venture Capital & Private Equity London Forum 2008

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

The effect of the more than one year’s subprime mortgage crisis, the turbulent global economic situation, the continuing rise in the costs of raw materials and labor and dismal Chinese capital market performance do not hinder investors’ enthusiasm for China’s VC/PE market. According to Zero2IPO Research Center statistics, 47 VC firms established 63 funds during […]

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 […]

Ammunition To Fight The War For Talent

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

How to obtain, train and retain the people who can help a business get ahead in such a competitive and challenging market is one of the most common topics of conversation among senior managers in China. Luckily there is some advice on hand from McKinsey (and others). A new McKinsey report “How to address China’s […]

Reporting on Bribery

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

By its very nature bribery is difficult to identify and analyze (except when people get caught!), but the good folk at Trace International are trying to uncover the inner workings through their BRIBEline initiative (which they have asked us to help promote). “BRIBEline, available at, is a secure, multi-lingual website through which companies […]

Guiding Business Travelers

Monday, July 21st, 2008

We are pleased to promote a new pair of business travel guides from our old friend Yintong Bester. Details, provided by the author, can be found below: “China’s increasing impact and importance, attracting inward investment at the rate of more than US$1billion per week, has made it the world’s fastest growing and the fourth largest […]

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 […]

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, […]