Business in China: Risks and Opportunities

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Risk in China needs more attention, and a more strategic response. This was a key message from “Risky Business in China” author (and China Business Services director) Jeremy Gordon, in a recent talk at London’s Chatham House: “Current sentiment is that business risk is as high as it has ever been” (Risky Business in China). […]

China Risk & The New Reality

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Things can move quickly in China, and yesterday’s opportunity can become today’s risk. One of the (sometime fast) drivers of China business risk is government, with policy and regulation occasionally crashing into the best laid business plans. In the past week alone I have tweeted about news on the regulatory risk around investment in Chinese […]

Consumers, Coffees, Teas & Fast Food Strategies

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Everyone wants a piece of the famous “Chinese consumer”, whatever, and wherever that may be. Some are doing a pretty good job, and they are taking different routes – big city, second tier, or even beyond the tiers… Starbucks, which is so well established that at least one tweep uses as a city-centre marker in […]

Briefly….Top Ten Tweets (Stimulating Times For Autos, Adverts, Regional Cities, Regions Near And Far, Risks, And Rich Barbie Buyers).

Friday, April 17th, 2009

After a short Easter break, the Tweets are back. Over the past week (or two) we have noted a few of our favourite Tweets. 1. Regional Cities: Growth hot spots: Baotou, Hohhot, Yantai…lots of T2 RT @eChinacities: How do the Cities of China Rate Globally? about 2 hours ago from TweetDeck Comment: As the […]

Apple Takes Another Bite

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Just over a year ago we reported on Apple’s iPhone problems in China. The story continues to ruble, with a couple of interesting stories recently published. The Washington Post reports: “…we’re getting a little more detail as to what the sticking points are between the two companies. According to Interfax, which cites a source at […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Bell (Finally) Rings for Telecoms Reform

Friday, May 30th, 2008

It has been a long wait (we flagged it back in November 2006), with lots of talk, lobbying and political positioning, but the long-expected reforms of Chinese telecoms sector have now been announced. The Economist reported: “BY ANY measure—revenues, employees, customers—it is the largest industrial reorganisation ever. And, reflecting how business is done in China, […]

Laws (and Costs) for Labour, the Environment (and Harmony)

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

China Law Blog is on top of things as usual. It points to useful updates on the very topical labour and environmental laws. Environmental Law The environment in China has become a key policy focus, and presents real challenges. China Daily reports on legal developments: “In order to protect its environment and support economic development, […]