Tracking: Rare Earth, Trade & Tensions

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

This story (see original post below) continues to twist and turn (like a twisty, turny thing*), so we have continued to update it with the latest news…(Updated 17/02/11) • RT @newschina: China rare earth companies to form association http://stk.ly/gVmgoi more profits for CN companies higher rare earth prices… • Stockpiles RT @InfoseekChina: China Moves to […]

Google.cn: Searching for Solutions

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Go on, Google “Google China”, and see what comes up…plenty of news covering a lot of common issues, including the trials and tribulations of good vs evil, censorship vs freedom, compliance & complaints, localization vs long-distance management, protectionism vs free trade, and business strategy vs social activism… The onset of Google’s current China woes can […]

Protectionist Duty?

Friday, February 26th, 2010

China, the US and the EU are all involved in trade disputes (and the odd protectionist thought). One suspects political as well as economic drivers. But let’s hope it does not run off the rails and end in another nasty crash… While they are nothing new (see here), protectionist tensions are never far below the […]

Protectionism: To Promote or Protest?

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

While state media may like to peddle the notion that “‘Buy China’ is ‘fair and competitive’ (RT @China_Daily: China denies protectionism allegations http://tinyurl.com/m6fgrk 4:05 PM Jun 18th from TweetDeck), others may beg to differ… Not long ago China was promoting openness, and protesting “Buy Amercian” moves in the US, so it came as a bit […]

The Irony of Rio

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

The fallout from the failed (perfidious) Rio / Chinalco deal continues to come and, as we Twittered here, the irony (pun intended!) is that China’s failure to secure the deal is related to China’s success in stimulating the economy: – China stimulation a cause of deal frustration RT @caijingonline: Rio Tinto\’s Chief Disappointed… http://t.caijing.com.cn/3Ub4tU 8:02 […]