Responsibility Is Oh So Hard To Manage

Monday, April 16th, 2007

The People’s Daily reports that Chinese enterprises are becoming more socially responsible. On the up-side: “The results of a questionnaire distributed by the Chinese Entrepreneur Survey System (CESS) to 4586 enterprise operators were published on April 14. Some 95.8 percent of them believe that “a good enterprise must have a strong sense of social responsibility”, […]

The China Power List

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

China is an increasingly important place, and the people who influence it (from the inside and outside) therefore have an increasingly important role, both domestically and internationally. With this in mind (and as these things are so opaque anyway) the launch of the China Power List by Kerry Brown at Chatham House (aka The Royal […]

The GDP Guessing Game

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

Who knows what is going to happen with China’s GDP growth? Nobody! But there are lots of people willing to hazard a guess (based on in-depth statistical analysis, sincere hope, and a variety of other methods). Some of the most recently reported guesstimates for 2007 include, in ascending order: • Premier Wen Jiabao: 8% (an […]

Don’t Quote Me (On Statistics). Again

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

I know it is not the first time statistics have appeared in the headlines here. And it will not be the last! This time round China Herald is to blame…with an article that points out the problems of comparing different (in all senses of the word) statistics in China. The post notes that Jan van […]

Report: “The Future of China’s Economy – The Path to 2020”

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

We are pleased to present details of a major new China study by Global Futures and Foresight (GFF) and Fast Future – and a special offer to readers of China Business Blog, who can obtain the report at a 75% Pre-Launch Discount. The Future of China’s Economy – The Path to 2020 A Survey and […]

McKinsey China Survey

Monday, March 5th, 2007

The McKinsey Quarterly, has just reported a new China survey, based on responses from 253 C-level executives in Asia (around a third of them actually have operations in, just under a third trade with, and around half earn revenue from, China). One of the surprising messages is that “nearly 40 percent of executives in Asia […]

Don’t Quote Me (On Statistics)

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Statistics are hard work just about anywhere, but in China they can be especially exasperating (see here and here) as rapid change combines with lack of transparency (not to mention questionable sourcing, occasional policy-driven prodding etc.). The result is lots of data in need of thoughtful analysis. Luckily there are people who do this sort […]

3 x 0 = 2050

Friday, February 16th, 2007

OK, so the maths does not quite work! A better explanation may be that the newly-coined “3 zeros” are key to China’s plan for development sustainability by 2050. The suggested ingredients include, according to People’s Daily: • “zero growth in the natural growth rate of the population by 2030” • “zero growth in the consumption […]

Football Gives Brand China a Kick (and a Punch)

Friday, February 9th, 2007

I was lucky enough to be invited along to a China vs. Chelsea match at Brentford (look it up!) earlier this week. It was a good evening out, and attracted a lot of the London Chinese community, in addition to vocal Chelsea supporters. While the first half was pretty dull on the pitch, things picked […]

To Get Rich Is Glorious. But Not Harmonious.

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Deng Xiao Ping famously said that “to get rich is glorious”…and many took it to heart. Some even made it happen. Indeed, China’s super-rich just got even richer according to Business Day: “The combined wealth of China’s 40 richest people jumped 46% from a year earlier to $38bn.” So, who are these people? The top […]