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  • Peter Hessler’s China Daily “article”: how low can they go?

    The Peking Duck
    Richard
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Now this is chutzpah: China Daily asked author Peter Hessler to participate in a Q & A with his friend and translator Li Xueshun comparing aspects of Egypt and China (both countries where Hessler has worked as a New Yorker correspondent). China Daily then had the nerve to take Hessler’s replies and shape them into what looks to the reader like a bylined article by Hessler. Li’s replies were totally removed. From Hessler’s Facebook page: [I]t omitted crucial parts, including the most important point: that I believe it’s harder to make a political change in China, where…
  • China still lacking in innovation — Nikkei Asian Review

    China Private Equity, Published by China First Capital
    admin
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:33 pm
    China still lacking in innovation January 23, 2015 1:00 pm JST By Peter Fuhrman China’s economy suffers from an acute case of “not invented here” syndrome. Everything can be, and increasingly is, manufactured in China, but almost nothing of value is invented here. The result is an economy still centered on low-pay, low-margin drudge work manufacturing products designed, patented and marketed by others. This is as true for advanced medical diagnostic equipment from General Electric as it is for Apple’s iPhones and tablets. While manufacturing accounts for almost 50% of…
  • Can Chinese Firms Build Globally Competitive Brands?

    The China Observer
    Joel
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    This is the first in a three-part series of posts that summarize key takeaways from my recent trip to Europe where I spoke about topics from my new book, China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global. One of the highlights was the Hamburg Summit, a large-scale China-EU conference held in Germany that brought together 600 senior-level attendees across business, government, and academia. The organizers invited me to speak on a panel about Chinese firms’ ability to build globally competitive brands. Often times when I speak about this topic, I borrow a joke…
  • Beijing-Moscow in 48 hours via new high-speed railway

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    Lost Laowai
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:20 pm
    China Railways CRH Passing through Lianjiang county, Fujian province, China. Photo by spamlian. The 240 billion USD contract came as the fruit of an October 2014 meeting between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The 7,000 km of new track and 2-day trip will compete with the current 6-day Trans-Siberian Railway journey. While travel and tourism are what we find most appealing about the deal, WantChinaTimes.com (referencing Sina’s military blog) explained in a post last year that the new line will most likely serve to meet China’s ever-expanding energy…
  • Top 3 Most Hostile Attacks Against Foreign Journalists in China in 2014

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    Nona Tepper
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:29 am
    From manhandlings to misunderstandings, the number of hostile circumstances foreign reporters filed to the Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCCC) quadrupled from 2013 to 2014. Most incidents dealt with misunderstandings of the laws protecting foreign reporters in China or with local officials attempting to prevent reportage on human rights activist trials. In 2013, nearly all reports dealt with local officials trying to conceal forced housing relocations. “Note that there are many smaller interferences that were reported but not published,” FCCC manager Theresa Geissler wrote…
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  • Sloppy Russian ‘Spymasters’ Burn a Deep Cover Operative in New York

    Massimo Calabresi
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Monday was a bad day for Evgeny “Zhenya” Buryakov, the alleged spy arrested in the Bronx for his role as a deep cover case officer in a Russian ring targeting female university students, business consultants and the operations of the bank at which Buryakov worked. But it was an even worse day for his alleged spymasters, two Russian officials operating under diplomatic immunity who come across as sloppy, bureaucratic buffoons in the Justice department complaint detailing the alleged conspiracy. Buryakov nominally faces up to 20 years in prison on two charges of acting as a foreign…
  • Russia’s Credit Rating Downgraded to Junk Status

    Dan Stewart
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Standard & Poor’s rating agency on Monday downgraded Russia’s credit grade by one notch to junk status, citing a weakened economic outlook. The agency dropped the rating to BB+ from BBB- as it sees the country’s financial buffers at risk amid a slide in the country’s currency and weakening revenue from oil exports. “In our view, the Russian Federation’s monetary policy flexibility has weakened, as have its economic growth prospects,” it said. Russia’s economy has been hit hard by the double impact of weaker prices for its energy exports as…
  • Germans Weigh Response to Likely Demands of New Greek PM

    Simon Shuster
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:36 am
    It would be hard to find a place in Europe that feels more cozily insulated from the troubles of the Greek economy than the marbled halls of KaDeWe, the posh department store in the center of Berlin. Its immaculate champagne bar and moneyed clientele practically ooze with the kind of wealth that Greece and other members of the European Union have struggled to regain since the global financial crisis hit five years ago. But as the electoral upset in Greece reminded Europe over the weekend, German fortunes and Greek misfortunes are deeply intertwined. “We put so much money there, so much…
  • Doctors Without Borders Sees Fewer New Ebola Cases

    Alexandra Sifferlin
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), says it’s seeing declines in new cases of Ebola in its centers in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. There are just over 50 patients currently in MSF’s Ebola treatment centers across the three countries, the organization announced on Monday. “This decline is an opportunity to focus efforts on addressing the serious weaknesses that remain in the response,” Brice de la Vingne, MSF director of operations said in a statement. “We are on the right track, but reaching zero…
  • At Least 10 Dead After Greek F-16 Crashes in Spain During NATO Training

    mileskohrman2014
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    (MADRID) — A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other planes on the ground during NATO training in southeastern Spain Monday, killing at least 10 people, Spain’s Defense Ministry said. Another 13 people were injured in the incident at the Los Llanos base, which sent flames and a plume of black smoke billowing into the air, a Defense Ministry official said. Most of the victims were not believed to be Spaniards, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of ministry rules preventing him from being named. The two-seat jet was taking off when it crashed…
 
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  • China Contract Damages: More Art Than Science

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Our China lawyers often stress to our clients the importance of a well-crafted contract damages provision that contains a “just-right” amount of damages should there be a breach. We are often asked what the just right amount should and our answer is that depends on the specific facts and to what the Chinese side will agree.   The other day, one of our China attorneys wrote the following to a client regarding a contract damages provision in an NNN Agreement we had drafted. We had recommended one figure for the contract damages, but against our advice, our client had insisted on a…
  • China VIEs: A Bibliography From The Last Few Days

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:09 pm
    The recent news about China VIEs has thrown many (most?) China lawyers into a bit of a tizzy. We all know that what is happening is complicated and important and we are all scrambling to figure it all out, knowing that whatever we conclude now will no doubt differ from what we conclude six months from now. Because this issue is so important and so complicated, I thought it appropriate to gather up the best writings on it and list them below. This is truly a situation where the more you read the more you will understand, though if you think you have it completely figured out, I think you are…
  • China VIEs Are Dead. Done. Over. Stick A Fork In Them.

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:58 pm
    January 19, 2015 marks the date of the death of the VIE investment structure in China. The death blow was dealt by the PRC State Council itself, the highest authority on such matters in China. Now that the issue is settled, we can all move on to figure out the effects.  How was the VIE killed? On January 19, the State Council issued a discussion draft of legislation setting out the plan for overhauling the antiquated Chinese foreign investment legal regime. The new system is set out in the PRC Investment Law Discussion Draft (the “Draft”), a massive document in 178 Articles and…
  • How To Get A China Business Visa

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:33 am
    Our China lawyers are often asked China visa questions and unless they are particularly complicated or legalistic, we typically refer these questions out to China visa specialists. It is always surprising to us how little good information there is out there in English on what it takes to get a China visa of any kind. So I was quite pleased when a loyal reader referred me to this post on the Sapore di Cina blog, entitled, Business visas for China – The complete guide. This post ought to prove helpful to anyone seeking a China business visa and we recommend it to anyone seeking such a…
  • How To Draft A Contract For China

    19 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    Contract drafting guru Ken Adams interviewed our own Steve Dickinson for a post he did regarding drafting contracts for China. The interview was in the form of a Q&A and I urge you to go herefor the whole thing. Ancient Purchase and Sale Contract Steve made the following points, among others, during the interview: Language of the contract. Chinese law provides that the parties are free to choose the language of their contract. If the contract is in two languages, the parties are free to choose which language will control. If the contract is in Chinese and in English and the parties do not…
 
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    China Herald

  • Why Alipay might become bigger than Alibaba - Ben Cavender

    Fons Tuinstra
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:26 am
    +Benjamin Cavender Much attention has gone to the massive e-commerce giant Alibaba and its IPO, but its financial arm, Alipay, might in the long run become the bigger operation, says business analyst Ben Cavender in the Technology Review.The Technology Review: Alibaba and Alipay, which has been incorporated as a separate company since 2011, helped drive the very rapid expansion of online sales in China—now the world’s second-largest “e-tail” market. McKinsey Global Institute estimates that by 2020, Chinese e-tailing could generate as much as $650 billion in sales, and China’s…
  • Unlikely: Apple giving access to China - Ben Cavender

    Fons Tuinstra
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:25 am
    +Benjamin Cavender State media hailed a deal between Apple and the Chinese government to give access to Apple devices, including the source codes. An unlikely scenario, tells business analyst Ben Cavender to QZ.QZ: Other analysts agreed Apple had probably promised to turn over its source code to China’s government, but disagreed about the consequences.The access would allow the Chinese government to “run spot checks” on how Apple is protecting user information, and to determine whether other intelligence agencies are trying to snoop on China, said Ben Cavender, a…
  • New foreign investment law: long overdue - Mark Schaub/Xu Ping

    Fons Tuinstra
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:25 am
    Xu PingMark SchaubThe draft foreign investment law (FIL) is replacing the regulations from 1979. China has changed, and so a major overhaul of the law is long overdue, write lawyers Mark Schaub and Xu Ping in China Law Insight. They give an overview of the shortcomings of the current law, and the new features of the FIL. And it might only be the beginning.Mark Schaub and Xu Ping:The Foreign Investment Law, if promulgated in its current draft form, will fundamentally change the current foreign investment regulatory landscape. As such its implementation will rely on the formulation of…
  • Winners and losers at the new foreign investment law - Paul Gillis

    Fons Tuinstra
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    +Paul Gillis The proposed law for foreign investments is up for discussion, and offshore VIE companies controlled by Chinese would be treated as domestic companies, legalizing current practices. Accounting professor Paul Gillis lists the winners and losers of the proposed law on his weblog. Paul Gillis: But there is a twist. If Chinese individuals or corporations control the foreign company (parent companies of overseas listed Chinese companies are typically incorporated in the Cayman Islands) then the foreign company will be treated as a domestic company for purposes of the foreign…
  • Why low-income consumers are hot - Shaun Rein

    Fons Tuinstra
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    +Shaun Rein Much on the consumer debate in China focuses on the high-income buyers. Time to change that, says retail analyst Shaun Rein, and author of The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia. Spending power of low-income consumers is going up fast, he tells KTUU.KTUU: Shaun Rein, the author of The End of Cheap China, said that businesses should work to harness the spending power of Chinese consumers. Many observers, he said, are "underestimating the purchasing power of low-income Chinese. And more importantly, they're underestimating…
 
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    ChinaTechNews.com

  • ZTE Net Profit Up 94.17% In 2014

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
    Chinese telecom device maker ZTE recently revealed that the company achieved operating revenue of CNY81.242 billion in 2014 — a year-on-year increase of 7.99% — and its net profit attributable to shareholders reached a year-on-year increase of 94.17%. Meanwhile, the company reported that its operating profit was CNY104 million during the reporting period and its […]
  • China's Alibaba Will Ban Toy Sales To American Buyers

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Alibaba will prevent Chinese vendors from selling children's products that are considered dangerous or illegal to American consumers. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has provided a list of up to 15 products which are considered illegal or have been recalled by manufacturers. Those products include baby seats and powerful magnets, and they are currently […]
  • China's Letv To Launch Next-generation Super TV

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    Letv will soon launch its next-generation super TV product in China. With the name of X55 Air, the new product will reportedly have a 55-inch display, full metal frame, and it will support 4K resolution. The product will be sold at about CNY5,000. The X55 Air will adopt the similar production process with X60S; however, […]
  • Panasonic Plans To Move Digital Camera Production To China

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    Japanese electronics company Panasonic reportedly plans to move its digital camera manufacturing from Japan to China in spring of 2015. The company's production lines in Fukushima, Japan, will stop operation. The Fukushima plant has an annual output of 1.5 million digital cameras, which is about half of the global sales of Panasonic. Due to the […]
  • Apple Will Open 5 New Stores In China Before Lunar New Year

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:49 am
    According to Angela Ahrendts, Apple's senior vice president of retail and online stores, the company plans to open five new retail stores in China before the Chinese Lunar New Year. Its new store in Zhengzhou, Henan, has opened to customers and another new store in Hangzhou will be opened on January 24, 2015. Chinese Lunar […]
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    China Digital Times (CDT)

  • Chinese Human Rights at Davos: Don’t Ask, Won’t Tell

    Samuel Wade
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    Foreign Policy’s Isaac Stone Fish found several conversations at the World Economic Forum in Davos suddenly cut short by his mention of Chinese human rights issues: Yes, a meeting of finance tycoons, heads of state, and chiefs of massive corporations is probably not the place to criticize the illiberalism of one of the world’s most powerful countries. At Davos, “human rights comes up all the time,” Kenneth Roth, the executive director of the NGO Human Rights Watch and a long time Davos participant, told me. But not for China, he added. That’s a shame. For a forum that claims to…
  • Overseas Chinese Students’ “Patriotism Abroad”

    josh rudolph
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    In 2012, China became the world’s largest source of overseas students, and the number of Chinese students pursuing their higher education abroad continues to grow. In recent years, there has been much commentary on the mutual struggles experienced by Chinese students and their host universities, and the profits reaped by both universities and private agencies from the Chinese desire (and financial ability) to pursue a foreign degree. At Inside Higher Ed, Elizabeth Redden looks at a new paper by UC Irvine Sociology Ph.D candidate Henry Chiu Hail examining the political…
  • Minitrue: China Starts Blocking Foreign VPNs

    Anne Henochowicz
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source. Websites must not quote from news about “China starting to block foreign VPN services.” We reiterate the following propaganda discipline: information from sources which violate regulations or have not been verified by authoritative media must not be republished. (January 25, 2015) 有关“中国开始屏蔽外国VPN服务”的消息各网站不得转摘。…
  • Zhan Jiang: China Leads the World in Media Corruption

    Sophie Beach
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:08 pm
    With an official investigation into 21st Century Business Herald, and the detention of its influential editor Shen Hao on suspicion of extortion, the issue of corruption in Chinese media has been once again brought to light. Supporters argue Shen and his colleagues have been unfairly singled out in an industry, and society, where corruption run rampant. Foreign Languages University professor Zhan Jiang recently discussed media corruption in an online chat with 21ccom.net; David Bandurski at China Media Project has translated part of the interview: Host: In 2014, the anti-corruption drive…
  • Photo: Sights while wandering Guangzhou, by Gavin Anderson

    Sophie Beach
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Sights while wandering Guangzhou © Sophie Beach for China Digital Times (CDT), 2015. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Download Tools to Circumvent the Great Firewall
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  • Practicing Chinese Tone Changes

    John Pasden
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Wow, looks like I started off the year with a two-week blogging break! I’m not finished blogging, by any means, but I’ve been busy finishing off AllSet Learning’s new products, dealing with a sick household, and preparing for a new baby (due next week!). The AllSet Learning Store now has 8 downloadable products, and the latest 3 products are entirely related to tone changes. Tone change rules (referred to in linguistics as “tone sandhi,” or in Chinese pedagogy) are an important concept for learners to master, but you’re never ready for it right after you…
  • “Open” IP in China

    John Pasden
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:01 pm
    An interesting article hit Hacker News the other day, relating to the Chinese model for innovation among hardware startups: From Gongkai to Open Source. The article uses the Chinese words gongkai (), meaning “open,” and kaiyuan (), meaning “open source.” Here’s how it starts: Photo by Ars Electronica on Flickr About a year and a half ago, I wrote about a $12 “Gongkai” cell phone… that I stumbled across in the markets of Shenzhen, China. My most striking impression was that Chinese entrepreneurs had relatively unfettered access to cutting-edge…
  • Kaiser on North Korea and China

    John Pasden
    28 Dec 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Kaiser Kuo answered a question on the relationship between China and Korea which included an analogy that was too good to pass up (I love a good analogy): Question: What impression does the average Chinese person have of North Korea? Is it similar to the rest of the world or do they have a different view considering the relation of their government with North Korea? Photo by ~~Yuna~~ on Flickr Kaiser’s Answer: I’m not sure about the “average” Chinese person, but nearly all the Chinese people I know feel a range of emotions toward North Korea that would include…
  • Shallow Deep

    John Pasden
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Apparently (literally, “shallow deep”) is a bathhouse in Shanghai. I’ve only ever seen it from the outside; I just like the design of the sign. Light posting these days as I’m down with a bad cold and Christmas sneaks up on me!
  • “Double 12″: China’s Cyber Monday

    John Pasden
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Today is December 12, AKA , literally, “double twelve” in Chinese. It’s a day when Taobao () and JD.com () offer huge discounts online (and this year, Taobao is really pushing its AliPay mobile phone payments, sort of similar to Apple Pay, but using barcodes on users’ phone screens instead of NFC). So today is kind of like China’s Cyber Monday. 12-12 is clearly riffing on (“double eleven”), a modern Chinese holiday that was once known as “Singles Day” () but has since been largely co-opted by online retailers and remolded as China’s…
 
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    China IWOM Blog- Making Sense of the Buzz | seeisee | CIC

  • Kantar Media CIC 10th Anniversary–’The Next Golden Decade Starts Now: 10 years of social media, intelligence and insight’

    Sam
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:14 pm
    (Dec.11th, 2014) Today Kantar Media CIC held its fantastic celebration – “The Next Golden Decade Starts Now: 10 years of social media, intelligence and insight” to celebrate Kantar Media CIC’s 10th anniversary. As China’s leading social business intelligence provider, Kantar Media CIC invited many clients, media partners as well as several social media professionals to review the development process of Kantar Media CIC and social media in China during the last decade, and more importantly, look forward to the next ten years in big data era with Kantar Media CIC’s founder/CEO Sam…
  • How to Integrate China’s Pop Culture and Internet Culture in Social Media?

    CIC
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:25 am
    SamFlemming , founder & CEO, Kantar Media CIC, shares insights about how brand owners should integrate China’s pop culture with its internet culture to develop a smart social media strategy. Video
  • Kantar Media CIC Officially Releases 2014 Social Business to Big Data White Paper — Insights from Kantar Media CIC’s 2013-2014 China Enterprise Social Business Survey

    CIC
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    From 2011 to 2013, Kantar Media CIC published “From Social Media to Social Business” white paper series which served as a “step-by-step guide,” helping enterprises develop their understanding of Chinese social media and ultimately realize their social business objectives. Kantar Media CIC first defined social business for China in 2010 as “an organization designed consciously around social tools, social media, and social networks,  as a response to outgrowth of the web 2.0 technology space and its reshaped brand-consumer communication and business discipline.” After 4 years…
  • CIC launches real-time eCommerce, WeChat insights and Global Coverage of 67 languages

    Sam
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:48 pm
    We are very happy to share with you some exciting updates about CIC’s services and capabilities. CIC is continuing to invest in our technology to ensure our clients can fully leverage digital intelligence coming from the unique, fragmented, and dynamic social media landscape in China, Asia and across the world.   CIC adds real-time eCommerce, WeChat, BBS and Online News  In a major upgrade of Cooperator, CIC’s real-time social listening intelligence platform, expanded real-time coverage of Weibo to now include Online News, BBS, as well as eCommerce reviews from 8 eCommerce…
  • CIC China Internet Consumer watch 2014 July: Brand buzz offers lessons for product placement

    Sam
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:28 pm
    In the wake of hit movie like Transformer 4, more and more brands are considering or planning on product placement. Netizens were not only talking about the movie itself but also paid attention and offered opinions on brands’ product placements in the movie. CIC tracked the buzz about brands in the massively successful movie Transformer 4 which offers some lessons for those brands considering product placement: IN PLACE: The automotive brands, such as Chevroet, Lamborghini, and Trumpchi, were obvious and seamlessly fit into the movie plot and as a result were more naturally received by…
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    TechNode

  • Jack Ma’s Yunfeng Capital to Invest RMB500 million in Guangzhou Baiyunshan Pharmaceutical

    Scully Wan
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
    After the announcement of its RMB100 million (around US$16.3m) plan to set up a pharmaceutical production joint venture, Guangzhou Baiyunshan Pharmaceutical has further revealed that it has recently received RMB500 million funding via a private placement from Yunfeng Capital, the investment vehicle co-founded by Alibaba‘s Jack Ma. Baiyunshan said that it has signed a letter of intent with Alibaba Health Information Technology Ltd regarding cooperation on online drug platform and pharmacy business development. They will primarily focus on advancing collaboration on drug e-commerce and…
  • Chinese Celeb Investors Betting on Tech Startups

    Emma Lee
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Internet startup investment is no longer a game just for geeks as the tech market swells. From Ashton Kutcher to Novak Djokovic, celebrities all over the world are racing to invest in innovative tech projects or bootstrapping their own startups. This trend is also in full swing in China. Chinese singer-songwriter Hu Yanbin (Tiger Hu) is known as a talented all-round musician who encompasses genres such as R&B, hip-hop and rock & roll. Hu recently launched NEWBAND, a music education app that offers online video courses on vocal, piano, guitar, bass and jazz drumming. Authored and…
  • China’s Crowdfunding Market as of 2014

    Tracey Xiang
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:11 am
    There were 116 crowdfunding platforms (excluding those for nonprofits) in China as of the end of 2014, up from 78 a year ago, according to a report on China’s crowdfunding market by online financial product search service Rong360. Of these, 27 are equity crowdfunding sites. A total of RMB915 million (about US$148m) was raised through crowdfunding sites in 2014, according to the Rong360 report. It is believed the first crowdfunding site in China was Demohour, which launched in July 2011. It soon become the go-to place for Chinese hardware makers. In August 2014 it announced it was…
  • Who is Alibaba’s biggest shareholder? Clue: they invested 14 years ago

    Eva Yoo
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:56 am
    In 1999, Jack Ma persuaded an investor take a stake in the company he had founded a few months earlier. It took six minutes for Masayoshi Son, the founder and current CEO of SoftBank, to invest US$20 million in the company. It proved to be a golden moment for both Alibaba and SoftBank. The subsidiary of Softbank, SoftBank Ventures Korea’s investors said that Son invested in the company for two main reasons. First, Son invested in Jack Ma, an outstanding businessman. He believed that the company would become the best e-commerce company in China. Second, he saw the big market in…
  • [Korean Startup Interview] US$1B Valued Yello Mobile Cherry-picks Best Mobile Apps

    Eva Yoo
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:15 pm
    There is a new Korean “Unicorn” (a company valued at US$1 billion): Yello Mobile. Founded in August 2012, Yello Mobile is a company that bought 61 mobile companies just last year in Korea. This might make you wonder if it’s really a startup. Yes and no. The company has became huge, with 74 companies in its portfolio, but it tries to retain the startup culture and managing style and prevent having a centralized culture among its divisions to avoid the bureaucracy endemic to large companies. Last year, Yello Mobile received US$200 million investment from…
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    The Peking Duck

  • Peter Hessler’s China Daily “article”: how low can they go?

    Richard
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Now this is chutzpah: China Daily asked author Peter Hessler to participate in a Q & A with his friend and translator Li Xueshun comparing aspects of Egypt and China (both countries where Hessler has worked as a New Yorker correspondent). China Daily then had the nerve to take Hessler’s replies and shape them into what looks to the reader like a bylined article by Hessler. Li’s replies were totally removed. From Hessler’s Facebook page: [I]t omitted crucial parts, including the most important point: that I believe it’s harder to make a political change in China, where…
  • Is it a police state?

    Richard
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:18 pm
    The best post I ever wrote (and I realize that’s not saying very much) is this one. Its simple point is that underneath a veneer of happiness, prosperity and optimism there can lurk a much darker and more dangerous side. People can be content and appreciate their government while being oblivious — willfully or not — to what it is going on beneath the surface. There have been a rash of articles in recent months of a severe crackdown in China on civil rights lawyers, professors, journalists and activists. A story from yesterday drove this home: As the year came to a close, at…
  • Shaun Rein wants your help marketing The End of Copycat China

    Richard
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    The End of Copycat China is the name of Shaun Rein’s new book that will be available come October 20. I am flattered that Shaun has included me on the mailing list he uses to blast information to his friends and colleagues, and I wanted to draw attention to how he wants his fans to do the marketing for his new book for him. Over the last three months Shaun has sent out two lengthy email blasts and I find their content to be intriguing, and to confirm some of my own thoughts about Mr. Rein. Perhaps most revealing was this paragraph: If you or a friend are looking for a keynote speaker,…
  • Is Falung Gong a dangerous cult? Is it a cult at all?

    Richard
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    I’ll admit it right at the beginning: I’ve always found there to be something creepy about the Falun Gong. I remember seeing practitioners in Taipei sitting with their eyes closed meditating endlessly. I remember their anti-CCP literature. I remember meeting a group of practitioners at the local annual China celebration day in Phoenix and finding them generally icky. But just because I find them creepy doesn’t mean they are a cult, let alone a dangerous one. This excellent article presents the argument of one of the best informed China Hands I’ve ever read, Ian…
  • Twenty-five years later

    Richard
    3 Jun 2014 | 9:03 pm
    I never before saw all the raw video footage of “Tank Man’s” defiance against a column of army tanks until today. It is remarkable, how one nameless man entered all of our living rooms for just a moment and is remembered so vividly a quarter of a century later. And for good reason. Let’s keep the hundreds of murdered innocents in our thoughts today, and keep alive the fight to let the Chinese people know all who died during the crackdown. Let’s remember the Tiananmen Mothers, and let’s even hope for the day when the CCP admits the demonstrations were not an…
 
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    China Hearsay

  • China to allow online sales of prescription drugs…

    @chinahearsay
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    China to allow online sales of prescription drugs | Fox News fxn.ws/1xkkv7z — I really hope oversight is done correctly © @chinahearsay for China Hearsay, 2015. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
  • China’s Anticorruption Campaign Drives Out M.B.A….

    @chinahearsay
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    China’s Anticorruption Campaign Drives Out M.B.A. Students – WSJ on.wsj.com/1IGDS0Z – hmm, that never occurred to me © @chinahearsay for China Hearsay, 2015. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
  • +1 RT @SirSteven: sit back a moment and imagine ho…

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    13 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
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  • 90% drop in Chengtou notes issuance | China Daily…

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    13 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    90% drop in Chengtou notes issuance | China Daily bit.ly/1KFpk5R – take away the guarantee, this is what happens © @chinahearsay for China Hearsay, 2015. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
  • China faces biggest fiscal challenge since ’81 – D…

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    元デリヘル嬢の風俗回顧録

  • 風俗のお客さんが喜ぶ手抜きの方法

    admin
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:31 am
    風俗で働く女の子たちは、みんな結構な量を食べます。 デリヘルの待合室なんてそこら中にお菓子がありますし、お昼ご飯、夕飯も仕事がある日とない日とでは食べる量は2倍くらい違います。 それくらい、体力がいる仕事なのです。 ソープランドみたいに終始女の子が動いているような業種は最も大変ですし、あまり動いていない、楽そうだと思うかもしれませんが、そんなことはありません。…
  • お客に合わせたプレー

    admin
    17 Jan 2015 | 1:55 am
    昔も今も風俗嬢に対するイメージはそれほど良くなく、自分が風俗で働いていることを豪語するような女の子はいません。 同様にお客さんも風俗に来ることを豪語する人はおらず、風俗を利用する=恥ずかしいみたいな風潮がありました。 なので、どこか引け目を感じているのか性格的にも静かめな人が多く、サービスを淡々と受けて帰っていくような感じでした。…
  • コミュニケーション能力

    admin
    29 Dec 2014 | 8:26 pm
    お客様との時間内は、全ての時間をプレーに費やしているわけではありません。 中には、開始から終了まで、フルで遊びたいというようながっついているような人もいますが、そんな人は結構希珍しい存在です。 デリヘル嬢(風俗嬢)とお客様と言えども、人と人とが接する場合には、挨拶から始めますし、プレーを始める前にシャワーを浴びるために服を脱いでいるときには多少の世間話などをします。…
  • 待機室での情報交換

    admin
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:12 pm
    デリヘルではお客さんが入らないときは、待機室で他の女の子や男性スタッフと一緒に過ごします。 次のプレーの準備やブログの更新などの作業もありますが、同じ仕事をするもの同士なので、自然と話題は仕事の話になります。 こんな客がいて楽しかったとか、気持ち悪かったという話もあって、お互いに共感し合ったりで、結構盛り上がります。…
  • お客様情報の管理

    admin
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:03 pm
    自分のことを気に入ってくれて、定期的に指名して遊んでくれるお客さんは、女の子によってとてもありがたい存在です。 多少難があったとしても、それが許容できる範囲ならば、ブラックリストに入れることもしないし、むしろ毎回指名してくれるというのはとても大きいです。…
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    China Business Blog

  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 25-01-2015

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    RT @fonstuinstra: Dentons and China's Dacheng Poised for Historic Union | The American Lawyer http://t.co/oT0JB8i47x -> RT @ARJourdan: China shoppers rein in spending on discretionary items, according to analysis of 50 listed Chinese firms… http://t.co/DFnE… -> The China Business Blog Daily is out! http://t.co/Ulmn1QVPsY Stories via @ChinaEdge @caixin @peterschloss -> RT @RiskyBizChina: "Risky Business in China" author, Jeremy Gordon, on #China risk at the Bookworm, #beijing, 19:30, 29 Jan: http://t.co/1I… -> The China Business Blog Daily is out!
  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 18-01-2015

    admin
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The China Business Blog Daily is out! http://t.co/Ulmn1QVPsY Stories via @gadyepstein @EngagingAlways @greatwriteshark -> RT @RiskyBizChina: RT @ChinaRealTime: Signs point to growing concern in Beijing over resistance to its big anti-corruption drive http://t.c… -> RT @CBR_Magazine: #China's Jin Jiang to buy France’s Louvre Hotels Group for up to $1.43 bil: http://t.co/g4ESRDURQg via @WSJ -> RT @USChinaBusiness: US remains a major target of Chinese outbound investment activity, with $12 bn in deals in'14. http://t.co/ei6CefjMm8 … -> RT @shanghaidaily: China's…
  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 11-01-2015

    admin
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    RT @fonstuinstra: Draft bill in progress for China's online tax laws|http://t.co/jNJtqSBkXb http://t.co/g1HlVvCDIS -> RT @gadyepstein: China has ghost cities. The West has ghost towns…with Chinese buyers. Chinese developer buys entire town in Canada: http… -> RT @ReutersChina: China shares fall, blue-chips take breather; HK extends gains http://t.co/sfXP8Tcckn -> RT @niubi: Three Good Reasons to Be Bullish on China in 2015 – Bloomberg View Jim O’Neill http://t.co/cn4kiaNJuB -> RT @ReutersChina: China's Xi woos Latin America with $250 bln investments…
  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 04-01-2015

    admin
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The China Business Blog Daily is out! http://t.co/Ulmn1QVPsY Stories via @prchovanec @ChinaVitae @danwashburn -> ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 28-12-2014 via China Business Blog – – RT @RiskyBizChina: RT … http://t.co/5PYIXoyzit -> RT @danharris: Own A Company Or IP In China? What Makes You So Sure?http://t.co/UqjoskPvvE -> RT @RiskyBizChina: RT @ftchina: Google’s email service blocked in China http://t.co/za17nWbyOf -> RT @lindayueh: #Xiaomi valued at $45bn-bigger than LG, Motorola, Sony combined+most valuable startup-worth more than Uber, Pinterest…
  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 28-12-2014

    admin
    29 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    RT @RiskyBizChina: RT @tohhanshih: Slow going seen for China-US investment treaty due to political delays http://t.co/4iEpFst9Ga via @SCMP_… -> RT @RiskyBizChina: RT @XHNews: China issues real estate registration rules, to take effect on March 1, 2015 http://t.co/BGYmWD28jD http://t… -> RT @RiskyBizChina: RT @CLP_editorial: SPC and CSRC link blacklists: http://t.co/BGjjHrrqJu -> ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 21-12-2014 via China Business Blog – – RT @JingDaily: Ranking … http://t.co/nfZqPk4sKC -> The China Business Blog Daily is out!
 
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    Lost Laowai

  • Foreigner catches, beats thief on busy Xi’an bus

    Lost Laowai
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:12 pm
    The story was first relayed on Huashang BBS by Yan Jianshe, a passenger on the bus at the time. Yan was on Xi’an city bus 707 when he heard an argument from the front of the bus. In an interview with Huashang News, Yan said, “The bus was very crowded at that time. Suddenly I heard people shouting in English. Although nobody understood what was being said, everyone realized someone’s stuff had been stolen.” Yan walked to the front of the bus to find a foreigner holding onto a Chinese man and refusing to let go, while a woman beside them shouted for whoever stole the…
  • Beijing-Moscow in 48 hours via new high-speed railway

    Lost Laowai
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:20 pm
    China Railways CRH Passing through Lianjiang county, Fujian province, China. Photo by spamlian. The 240 billion USD contract came as the fruit of an October 2014 meeting between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The 7,000 km of new track and 2-day trip will compete with the current 6-day Trans-Siberian Railway journey. While travel and tourism are what we find most appealing about the deal, WantChinaTimes.com (referencing Sina’s military blog) explained in a post last year that the new line will most likely serve to meet China’s ever-expanding energy…
  • Great Firewall upgrade killing some VPN services

    Lost Laowai
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Wednesday morning Astrill, a VPN service popular among expats in China, sent out a message that seemed ripe with the frustration many of its customers were surely also feeling. The notice explained that increased censorship in China has caused iOS VPN protocols (IPSec, L2TP/IPSec and PPTP) to be blocked in near real-time. Astrill is not alone. StrongVPN is also reporting connection issues from China, and TunnelBear told TechCrunch that it is investigating connection problems from China-based customers as well. In a statement relayed by TechCrunch, president of Golden Frog (the company behind…
  • Watch: “Cock Wire” Mike Sui returns with even more Chinese impressions

    Ryan
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:28 am
    The video, its train setting perfectly timed as we gear up for Spring Festival, features 18 different impressions parodying: an emasculated Shanghainese, a scruffy Xinjianger, an American, a Lola loving Li Lei, a very hungry North Korean, a hospitable Sichuanese, a disgusted Brit, a cricket crunching Cantonese, an unsatisfied French, a skirt tenting Thai flight attendant, a sum-it-up Beijinger, a “blind” beggar, a panties-sporting Japanese, a commanding Tianjinese, a surgically-improved South Korean, a bomb-loving Taiwanese, an ambitious Liaoninger, and a powerful posse packing…
  • Infograph: China’s 2015 holiday schedule

    Ryan
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Check below the graphic for text-based details, as well as share code for the infograph. Share this infograph You can share this graphic by copying and pasting the code in the box below onto your Web site. <a href="http://llw.im/?p=7917" title="China Holiday Schedule 2015 Infograph by Lost Laowai" target="_blank"><img src="http://i0.wp.com/www.lostlaowai.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/llw-china-holiday-schedule-2015.jpg" alt="China Holiday Schedule 2015 Infograph by Lost Laowai" width="1200" height="2870"…
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    China Post Online - Taiwan , News , Taiwan newspaper

  • Ko calls UK minister's gift 'scrap metal'

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said that the Farglory Group (遠雄集團) should come forward and let the public know whether the Taipei Dome (台北大巨蛋) will be suitable for baseball games upon its completion.
  • MILF kills more than 40 Philippine police

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - More than 40 Philippine police commandos were killed in an 11-hour firefight with Muslim rebels that erupted while they were chasing one of the region's most wanted militants, police said Monday.
  • Japan's trade deficit increases to record US$109 bil. in 2014

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Japan's trade deficit swelled to a record US$109 billion in 2014, data showed Monday, mostly because of huge post-Fukushima energy bills, but analysts said a recent drop in oil prices would shrink the yawning gap.
  • Euro briefly sinks to 11-year low vs. US dollar

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The euro briefly sank to a new 11-year low against the dollar in early Asian trade Monday after anti-austerity party Syriza swept to victory in Greece's general elections.
  • Syriza moves fast to form government coalition

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Greece's anti-austerity Syriza party moved fast to form a coalition government on Monday after its stunning election win that has put the country on a collision course with its international creditors.
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    Thomas Crampton

  • The Utopia of Things

    thomascrampton
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:42 am
    The hype over the Internet of Things may be reaching pitch fever following CES, but the chatter started in earnest last year. John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, gave a keynote to a packed house predicting that there would be 50 billion connected devices by 2020, while  Sara Silverman starred in a Cisco video offering a peek into the brave new world enabled by the Internet of Things. For all the talk, the installed base of connected devices has grown more slowly than Chambers predicted. Gartner Research predicts just under 5 billion connected devices by the end of 2015—not the 25 billion Cisco…
  • 10 Books That Best Explain Social Media

    thomascrampton
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    Tropical rain forests have been felled for trite tomes on Social Media hyperventilating how “everything is different”. It isn’t. People are still people. Rather than look for a book on “How To Snapchat”, I seek insight from great thinkers around sociology, behavior change and influence. The below list of books was compiled with much input from the global Social@Ogilvy team with a view to helping people not so familiar with social media understand what is happening. Which book would you add to the list? 1. Not surprisingly, one of the most recommended was a…
  • Email Bankruptcy Averted

    thomascrampton
    30 Dec 2014 | 5:54 am
    As we head into the new year’s eve 2014, I am feeling good about my email for the first time in years. Thanks to friendly advice from Esther Dyson, I have managed to avoid declaring email bankruptcy and reached an empty inbox. Email Bankruptcy, for those fortunate who may be unaware of the meaning, is when your email inbox becomes so overwhelmed that you simply delete everything in your inbox and declare all emails void unless sent again. One source of the problem is Sp**, others include too many newsletters, both solicited and unsolicited. I first covered this topic in 2004, when Bill…
  • Brand newsroom checklist

    thomascrampton
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Newsrooms, homebase of my former career, have come back into my life. Rather than the home of cantankerous editors, I now look at newsrooms from the perspective of how brands operate in the world of social. As the barriers to distributing content and creating a media property have dropped, many brands have been keen to create their own publishing operations. But publishing, many companies discover, is not easy. In addition to the traditional challenges, the nature of publishing itself is changing. Beyond the shift in tools and audience behavior, content and connection, rather than simple…
  • Looking forward to Social Matters 2014

    Social Matters Editor
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    Great line-up for the conference tomorrow, this video shows I am willing to jump in a pool fully clothed to make this event a success! Social Matters 2014: The secrets to a perfect vine… from Work that works on Vimeo.
 
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    techblog86

  • Chinese Authorities Crack Down on “Paid Deletions”, Online Scam

    David Feng
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:47 am
    If your business is — well, in the business of deleting negative posts about a company (particularly a publicly-traded company) — and getting rich for doing so — well, now you could be in a little bit of trouble. “This is a big problem which has endangered the interests of the masses. They don’t like it. It must be solved so cyberspace is clearer.” So thinks not only the Chinese National Internet Office, but also the Ministry of Industry and Information, the State Administration of Press, Publishing, Radio, Film and TV, as well as the Ministry of Public Security (you read that…
  • Apple Opening Hangzhou West Lake Apple Store on 24 Jan 2015

    David Feng
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Talk about dimensions. That’s eleven massive glass panels with a huge Apple logo in the dead centre — where a very Chinese poem (in calligraphy no less!) used to be earlier this month. Welcome to the West Lake Apple Store just off Longxiangqiao Metro station — with a very Chinese characteristic: the two characters for West Lake on a billboard. The general public can see the store in “public beta” right now: they can’t get in but they can see staff training on the ground floor. The store open will at 09:00 local time on 24 January 2015, when this store will replace the Beijing…
  • WeChat 6.1 is Out — And Now It Knows How You Like It

    David Feng
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Zuck, take note: We’re sure you might Like it. In the newest release of WeChat, it’s all about a little something to Like. You’ll know when you’ve upgraded when four screenfulls of Like-related stats greet you. First, it tells you how many times you’ve Liked others’ content; then it tells you how many Likes you’ve received. The next two screens are less “stats-filled”; it tells you more, really, to Like people — even in real life. Search and “gift red bags” functions have also seen improvements, according to PCOnline China. For those of you not in the know, “red…
  • Xiaomi Has Apple In Its Crosshairs With New Phablet

    David Feng
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:53 am
    Everyone’s favourite fruit company in Cupertino might be in a bit of trouble now. China’s Xiaomi thinks the Xiaomi Note phablet is the “most powerful smartphone”. It really depends on how you think of it — or in what way one measures this… Dimensions-wise, it’s a bit bigger than even the iPhone 6 Plus — and its pixels are equally as impressive at 2,560 x 1,440 (with a PPI of 515), according to the Beijing Youth Daily. The power comes also at a more affordable price: maximum prices aren’t in excess of RMB 3,299 (an iPhone 6 Plus in China can go upwards of RMB 7,788. Minimum…
  • Killed: 50 WeChat Public Accounts Shut Down

    David Feng
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Call it censorship — or the removal of coarse content. Or: “official-looking” accounts that do not actually belong to the Chinese government (or were unauthorised in the first place!). 50 WeChat public accounts were recently shut down, as reported by Qianlong.com, citing the official Chinese National Internet Office. A note: most of us who just got onboard the WeChat bandwagon have personal accounts — but you have to apply separately for a public account. (ID checks are serious: You must take a picture of you holding your ID document!) Reasons why they were shut down included the…
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    Simpson's Paradox

  • Switch (The Difference)

    Meg Stivison
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    I have a  new short story out now, in the  collection Switch (the Difference). It’s inspired by the myth of Hera and Semele, but, you know, set in Los Angeles, because if Zeus were around, he would definitely be chasing starlets, and Hera would be sending them to directly to reality show hell. It’s also about the obvious and the overlooked, and about expectations for women, because a myth’s never really just about personalities. This will be my third story influenced by classical mythology, I also wrote about an aging muse, and a dissatisfied Venus, for other…
  • Studio Selfie

    Meg Stivison
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Wearing a slightly different grey sweater counts as dressing better for work, right? Studio Selfie appeared first on Simpson's Paradox
  • Favorite Person, Favorite Media

    Meg Stivison
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Look, Harold, Mr Darcy has social anxiety and hates parties, just like you! (I’m an amazing girlfriend.) — Meg (@simpsonsparadox) January 18, 2015 Me to Meg: “Johnny Cash sings about love, hell fire and not taking your guns to town.” — Harold Sipe (@HaroldSipe) January 18, 2015 Favorite Person, Favorite Media appeared first on Simpson's Paradox
  • The Screaming Narwhal

    Meg Stivison
    18 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Telltale Games’s Tales of Monkey Island, not to be confused with the LucasArts updated re-release of the original stories, is an entirely separate adventure in the ongoing saga of Guybrush Threepwood, mighty pirate. The first episode, Launch of the Screaming Narwhal: Chapter 1, brings Guybrush, Elaine Marley, and LeChuck (and at least one other familiar character!) back for new stories, revamped from their grainy 2d incarnations, but following the spirit of the originals. Goofy dialogue, creative uses for found items and pirate-y silliness are the hallmarks of the Monkey Island games, and…
  • Sushi With Harold

    Meg Stivison
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:19 am
    When Harold and I go out for sushi, we spend a long time debating different rolls. Should we get a Volcano Roll or a Tokyo Roll? Should we get the special with yellowtail, and then get a plain smoked salmon roll, or should we get the Alaska Roll with salmon, and then get an eel and cucumber roll? There is a lot of debate involved in getting the correct combination of flavors and textures,  the right ratio of fancy rolls and plain pieces before we order. Then we start talking about other things, and by the time the food comes, we have practically forgotten what we ordered and ask each…
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    China Bystander

  • Will Unravelling China’s VIEs Pull The Rug Out From Under Alibaba?

    China Bystander
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    IS THE LAW of unintended consequences — or intended ones — in play with the new draft revisions to China’s foreign investment law? And if the later, whose intentions need to be examined? What may be at stake is control … Continue reading →
  • China’s Slowing Economy Offers Slightest Glimmer Of Social Unrest

    China Bystander
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    CHINA’S GDP GROWTH for 2014 came in at 7.4%. That is about as close to the fudgy official target of ‘about 7.5%’ as you can get. Props to accelerated infrastructure projects for that, giving construction output a late boost. Fourth-quarter GDP … Continue reading →
  • Investing On The Margin

    China Bystander
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:46 pm
    THERE IS NO better indication of how global stock markets are being moved by what some older readers will recall as “the weight of money”. On January 19, Chinese equities fell by 7.7%, the most in a single day since … Continue reading →
  • Take China’s 2014 Annual Growth Rate For What It Is

    China Bystander
    17 Jan 2015 | 4:14 pm
    AN ECONOMY EXPANDING at an annual rate of 7%-7.5% would be a cause for celebration in many economies right now. In China, it is more likely to be a cause of handwringing than bell ringing. The annual GDP figure for … Continue reading →
  • China Breaks New Ground By Putting Boots On The Ground In South Sudan

    China Bystander
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
    IT HAS LONG been expected that China would deploy troops in Africa, even though doing so would mark a shift away from Beijing’s long-held policy of keeping itself, in public at least, at arm’s length from involvement in African conflicts. State … Continue reading →
 
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    chinaSMACK

  • Chinese Girl Offers to Marry Whoever Can Save Her Brother

    Patrik Andersson
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:48 am
    From QQ: Kunming Girl in Wedding Gown Looks for a Husband at Train Station, Bringing Along Her Sick Younger Brother “I will marry whoever is able to save my brother, and can even immediately take the train with him back to his home to marry at once!” On the morning of January 24, Weibo user @黄习超 posted a series of “sister seeks husband to save younger brother” pictures, which caught the attention of many netizens. The pictures show 24 year-old Huang Xiju in a wedding gown together with her younger brother, who suffers from leukemia, at the Kunming train station, where she was…
  • Gay Marriage Proposal in Shanghai, Chinese Netizen Reactions

    Fauna
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:01 am
    From Sina Weibo:
  • Fake Chinese Bank in Nanjing Scams Depositors of 200 Million

    Fauna
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    From NetEase: Fake Bank in Nanjing Decorated As State-Owned Bank, Illegally Collected 200 Million Yuan [RMB] in Deposits According to a Xinhua report, a “cooperative” that had absolutely no financial qualifications meticulously decorated their interior to resemble that of a state-owned bank and used high interest rates to entice city residents to come deposit their money, scamming nearly 200 people in just over a year, involving nearly 200 million yuan [RMB]. 2014 May, Wang X, from Zhejiang province Hangzhou city, was introduced by a “middle-man/intermediary” to the…
  • Anti-Smoking Message with Blackened Smokers’ Lungs by CCTV

    Fauna
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    From Sina Weibo: @央视新闻 [CCTV]: GIFs: Look At These Smokers’ Lungs! To Extend Your Life: Give Up Smoking! — Do you know? Over 80% of lunch cancer cases are believed to be caused by long-term smoking or “second hand smoke”! In the images, the lung of someone who has smoked for 15 years is covered with large black spots, while the lung of a 30-year smoker is even more of a ghastly sight, where even the inside is covered with cancer causing substances. Reshare this! Quit smoking! Comments from Sina Weibo: I bet a kuai there will be stupid cunts who say they need to…
  • Japanese Netizens Photoshop ISIS Terrorist, Chinese Reactions

    Kai
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    Islamic extremist group ISIS has released a new video threatening to kill two Japanese hostages. News of this has been amply reported in the Chinese media but despite the expectations of some given China’s reputation for anti-Japanese nationalism, it has yet to become a trending topic on the Chinese internet. News articles on the homepages of China’s major mainstream online portals (ex. Tencent News) have few Chinese netizen comments, with the only contextually notable blip about the news story possibly being the following Sina Weibo microblog post that briefly trended into the…
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    China Briefing News

  • China Regulatory Brief: Draft Foreign Investment Law, Departure Tax Rebates

    China Briefing
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:01 am
    In this week's China Regulatory Brief, we discuss the newly released opinion seeking draft of foreign investment law, departure tax rebate policy to be expanded nationwide and China's plan to build Beijing-Moscow high-speed railway which cuts transport time between the two cities to two days. The post China Regulatory Brief: Draft Foreign Investment Law, Departure Tax Rebates appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • Further Signs of Liberalization for E-commerce in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone

    China Briefing
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Few foreign companies have as of yet been granted licenses to provide value-added telecom services. But now that China allows foreign companies to provide data and transaction processing in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, foreigners may soon be granted access to China's lucrative e-commerce market. The post Further Signs of Liberalization for E-commerce in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • China’s Trade With Eastern Europe and the Caucausus

    China Briefing
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:21 am
    As China and Russia begin to move closer together in terms of mutual trade and economic support, a related issue is the development of trade between China and Russia's neighbors along its western border. How has China been approaching trade with these hinterland nations, with faces both East and West? The post China’s Trade With Eastern Europe and the Caucausus appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • China Releases Draft Foreign Investment Law, Signaling Major Overhaul for Foreign Investment

    China Briefing
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:55 pm
    With the new draft Foreign Investment Law, foreign investors no longer need pre-approval to set up a company. However, the government will sharpen up its scrutiny of foreign investment in politically sensitive areas, with major implications for VIEs. The post China Releases Draft Foreign Investment Law, Signaling Major Overhaul for Foreign Investment appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • Zhuhai: An Emerging Force in South China

    China Briefing
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:41 pm
    In this article, we take a closer look at Zhuhai, an emerging force in South China. The city borders Macau to the south and is about one hour away from Shenzhen by car. Zhuhai is one of China’s four original Special Economic Zones (SEZs) established in 1980. The post Zhuhai: An Emerging Force in South China appeared first on China Briefing News.
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    Xinjiang: Far West China

  • What to See in Xinjiang During the Winter

    Josh Summers
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    It used to be that Xinjiang tourism practically shut down between the months of November and March. Travelers were so few that most tourism sites shut down completely for the winter and weather often prohibited transportation to some locations. While Xinjiang’s weather still plays an active role in what you can and cannot see, a lot has changed over the past decade in terms of winter tourism options in Xinjiang. Not only is it possible to experience this different aspect of Xinjiang travel, it can prove to be a remarkable experience you won’t easily forget. I often get questions…
  • My Take: Top 5 Best VPNs for China

    Josh Summers
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:43 am
    *Click to watch the video and then subscribe to the FarWestChina Youtube channel! Sadly, FarWestChina has been inaccessible here in China since 2009, blocked by the “Great Firewall” (i.e. China’s censorship). I have no idea why it was blocked – other than the fact that I’m talking about one of the most sensitive regions in China – and there’s nothing I can do to unblock the site. Trust me, I’ve tried everything short of knocking on a government official’s door. The only way I’ve been able to work on this site from my home here in…
  • Cruising 200km/h on Xinjiang’s New High-Speed Train

    Josh Summers
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:06 am
    Update 12/2014: This article (and video) makes mention of this train being only open between Urumqi to Hami. However, as of December 26, 2014, this train is now completely open from Urumqi to Lanzhou in Gansu. Sitting here in this comfortable high-speed train watching the Xinjiang countryside whiz by forces me to remember the first time I stepped foot in this incredible region. I remember the majestic snow-capped TianShan presiding over the vast swaths of farmland. I remember seeing herds of sheep and camels out the window. I remember feeling like Xinjiang’s desert wasteland extended…
  • Jack Ma: Can He Save Xinjiang’s Online Shopping Woes?

    Josh Summers
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:50 am
    It’s been four years since Jack Ma last stepped foot in Xinjiang and a lot has happened since then. Not only has Alibaba skyrocketed its e-commerce operations to become a leader in the global market, but Jack Ma has concurrently risen to become China’s richest man. Despite it only lasting 24 hours, his return to the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi yesterday was the talk of the town here. Obviously having such a high-profile figure here in Urumqi causes a stir (and beefed-up security on the streets) but the excitement had more to do with the hope that Jack Ma could save Xinjiang. Save…
  • 25 Unbelievably Stunning Xinjiang Photos

    Josh Summers
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    There is no doubt in mind that Xinjiang offers not only the most beautiful scenery in all of China, but also the most diverse. Considering the size of the region – it makes up 1/6 of all of China’s land area – the ecological diversity should really come as no surprise. Most people are attracted to this area based on the peoples and the cultures represented, and Xinjiang will not disappoint in that regard. However, many travelers I know leave this place amazed by the natural beauty they witnessed, something they weren’t quite expecting. Every week I go through a fun…
 
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  • 10 Chinese Companies Going Global in 2015

    Joel
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    2015 is here, and more Chinese executives and entrepreneurs than ever before are planning to take their businesses global. I spent the majority of 2014 on the road speaking with many of these executives in China, Europe and the United States for my new book. While most are still developing their overseas expansion strategies, there is tremendous interest in entering advanced economies such as the US and EU, for both business and personal reasons. As I have previously written in this column, “going global’ is not just a Chinese government directed policy, but even more so a practical…
  • How Should Western Multinationals View Chinese Companies Going Global?

    Joel
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:49 am
    (This is the third and final installment of my three-part series of posts that summarize key takeaways from my recent trip to Europe where I spoke about topics from my new book, China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global. To read Part I about Chinese companies building global brands, click here. To read Part II about why Chinese firms go global if China’s such a large market, click here.) At the tail end of my two-week journey, the last few talks I gave were primarily for policy and government audiences in Brussels and Rotterdam. We discussed one…
  • Why do Chinese firms go global if China’s such a large market?

    Joel
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:07 am
    This is the second in a three-part series of posts that summarize key takeaways from my recent trip to Europe where I spoke about topics from my new book, China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global (To read Part I about Chinese companies building global brands, click here Over the course of my trip, I delivered presentations about Chinese companies going global to 14 different organizations across seven cities. The most interesting part of each session for me personally was the Q&A session following my talk where I gained firsthand insight into…
  • Can Chinese Firms Build Globally Competitive Brands?

    Joel
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    This is the first in a three-part series of posts that summarize key takeaways from my recent trip to Europe where I spoke about topics from my new book, China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global. One of the highlights was the Hamburg Summit, a large-scale China-EU conference held in Germany that brought together 600 senior-level attendees across business, government, and academia. The organizers invited me to speak on a panel about Chinese firms’ ability to build globally competitive brands. Often times when I speak about this topic, I borrow a joke…
  • Global Chinese Companies: Challenges or Opportunities for Western Multinationals?

    Joel
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    I recently returned from a two-week trip to Europe where I represented Frontier Strategy Group at several high-profile events focused on Chinese overseas investment, including the Hamburg Summit, and shared key findings from my new book, China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going GlobalWe’re finding that our clients, executives from large American and European multinational companies, are facing intense competition from Chinese companies. At an event we organized in Shanghai this past April, 41% of the executives in attendance ranked “Chinese…
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  • China still lacking in innovation — Nikkei Asian Review

    admin
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:33 pm
    China still lacking in innovation January 23, 2015 1:00 pm JST By Peter Fuhrman China’s economy suffers from an acute case of “not invented here” syndrome. Everything can be, and increasingly is, manufactured in China, but almost nothing of value is invented here. The result is an economy still centered on low-pay, low-margin drudge work manufacturing products designed, patented and marketed by others. This is as true for advanced medical diagnostic equipment from General Electric as it is for Apple’s iPhones and tablets. While manufacturing accounts for almost 50% of…
  • China’s Caijing Magazine on America’s All-Conquering Dumpling Maker

    admin
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:26 pm
      The secret is out. Chinese now know, in far greater numbers than before, that the favorite brand of the favorite staple food of hundreds of millions of them is made by a huge American company, General Mills, best known for sugar-coated cereals served to American children. (See my earlier article here.) In the current issue of China’s weekly business magazine Caijing is my Chinese-language article blowing the cover off the well-hidden fact that China’s tastiest and most popular brand of frozen dumplings, known in Chinese as 湾仔码头, “Wanzai Matou”, is made by the same guys…
  • Watching NFL Football in China — Brought to You By the US Treasury

    admin
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Watching the NFL playoffs this weekend on Chinese internet TV channel PP Live, I saw something I never imagined. No, not a live broadcast in China of American football. The NFL has a great thing going here in China. While not a big-time success yet like the NBA in China, the NFL is quietly making fans out of a meaningful slice of the country’s most gold-plated demographic: males with advanced degrees and senior management positions. No, what surprised me while watching the game was the frequent commercials paid for in part by money from the US Department of Treasury. Yes, Uncle Sam is now…
  • Tencent Stalks Alibaba — China’s Number Two Internet Company Quietly Takes Lethal Aim at its Number One

    admin
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:22 pm
    China’s two most successful internet entrepreneurs share a last name but have very different strategies for mobile e-commerce. The future belongs to which Ma? China’s second-largest private sector company Tencent is aiming a cannon at China’s largest private sector company and new darling of the US stock markets Alibaba. Will Tencent fire? There’s a vast amount of money at stake: these two companies, cumulatively, have market cap of $400 billion, Tencent’s $140bn and Alibaba’s $260bn. Alibaba, as most now know,  currently has China’s e-commerce market in a…
  • General’s Mills’ Stunning Success in China

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    America’s most successful M&A deal in China is also possibly its most clandestine. The reason: an old-line Midwestern Fortune 500 company around since 1856 owns a company that is the dominant brand-name supplier in China of a vital Chinese national asset. No, it’s not missile fuel or encrypted handsets for battlefield command-and-control. It’s dumplings. America’s General Mills, the iconic maker of US breakfast cereals Lucky Charms and Cheerios as well as Häagen-Dazs ice cream, owns a similarly iconic brand in China – Wanzai Matou (湾仔码头), or Wanchai Ferry, as it’s…
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    China Internet Watch

  • Alibaba’s New App Offers 6 Million Free Hotspots in China

    CIW Team
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Alibaba announced the launch of Ali’s new communication app, “Tao WiFi”. Users logging in with Taobao can access access over 6 million WiFi hotspots nationwide including the three telco networks’. Tao WiFi is currently only available for Android devices. The six million hotspots are provided by China Mobile, China Unicom (only Zhejiang province), China Telecom, and Lian Lian Technology. Tao WiFi is currently only available for Android devices. The six million hotspots are provided by China Mobile, China Unicom (only Zhejiang province), China Telecom, and Lian Lian…
  • China Total Retail Sales of Consumer Goods Exceed $4 Trillion in 2014

    CIW Team
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In December 2014, the total retail sales of China consumer goods reached 2,580.1 billion yuan ($414 billion), up by 11.9% year-on-year according to National Bureau of Statistics of China. China’s retail sales of consumer goods of units above designated size was 1,427.4 billion yuan, increased 9.4%. In 2014, the total retail sales of consumer goods reached 26,239.4 billion yuan ($4,209 billion), with a nominal growth rate of 12%, and a real growth rate of 10.9%. Of which, the online retail sales of units above designated size was 13,317.9 billion yuan, increased 9.3%. In 2014, China…
  • China Mobile Internet Usage in 2014

    CIW Team
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    The growth of 4G users in China outpaced 3G users in 2014 with 97.284 million new subscribers comparing to 83.644 million 3G new subscribers according to Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China. China’s mobile internet data usage was 2.062G in 2014, an increase of 62.9%. A 4G subscriber on average used 205M data per month, an increase of 47.1%. China mobile users sent much less number of SMS in 2014, 763.05 billion, down 14.4%. MMS growth was down 24.4% in 2014 while it grew by 23% in the previous year. China phone users increased by 39.426 million to 1.536 billion, an…
  • Half of China Internet Users to Use Tablet in 2015

    CIW Team
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    China will be the top country by total number of tablet users in 2015, with more than 328 million residents using tablets at least once per month, which is almost one-third of the world’s total according to eMarketer. eMarketer estimates China will have more than 400 million tablet users in 2017 and over 435 million in 2018. Most Chinese used tablets for entertainment, 23.3% used it for watching online videos, and 18.7% used it for playing games. 25.7% respondents said they used tablets most for browsing web pages, according to a research conducted about a year ago. Also read: Chinese…
  • China Consumer Prices Up 2% in 2014

    CIW Team
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In December 2014, China’s consumer price index (CPI) went up by 1.5% year-on-year. The prices grew by 1.6% in cities and 1.3% in rural areas according to National Bureau of Statistics of China. The food prices went up by 2.9%, while the non-food prices increased 0.8%. The prices of consumer goods went up by 1.4% and the prices of services grew by 1.8%. In 2014, the overall consumer prices were up by 2.0% over the previous year. In December, the consumer prices increased 0.3% month-on-month; in cities and in rural areas prices both increased 0.3% . The food prices went up by 1.2%, and…
 
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    ChinaHush

  • Top 3 Most Hostile Attacks Against Foreign Journalists in China in 2014

    Nona Tepper
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:29 am
    From manhandlings to misunderstandings, the number of hostile circumstances foreign reporters filed to the Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCCC) quadrupled from 2013 to 2014. Most incidents dealt with misunderstandings of the laws protecting foreign reporters in China or with local officials attempting to prevent reportage on human rights activist trials. In 2013, nearly all reports dealt with local officials trying to conceal forced housing relocations. “Note that there are many smaller interferences that were reported but not published,” FCCC manager Theresa Geissler wrote…
  • Can Common Views of Chinese Women be Changed?

    Yang Yang
    27 Dec 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Can Common Views of Chinese Women be Changed? In recent years, Chinese women have been seen as very similar to one another. Think about it for a moment, what do you think of when you think of Asian women ?  Like many people, you probably see a woman who is soft, submissive, respectful, compliant, etc. It may come as a bit of a shock, but Chinese women are slowly gaining more and more freedom and education than they once did. Traditional Social Roles for Chinese Women Historically, Chinese women have displayed a feminine exterior that covers inner strength, persistence, and loyalty.
  • Finding Harmony: ChinaHush Contributor Releases eBook

    Mitch Blatt
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Mitchell Blatt has been a contributor to ChinaHush since 2011. He has lived and traveled in China, working as editor of Map Magazine, lead author of Panda Guides Hong Kong guidebook, and a freelance writer. Now, for the first time, he shares his best journalism and essays in ebook form. Included is the introduction to his new ebook Finding Harmony: War, Protest, and Harmony in China and Hong Kong. In 2011, I stepped off the plane into China for the first time, as a study abroad student in Nanjing. The first day when I met my classmates and we walked down narrow alleyways with stalls and…
  • Alibaba makes $9.3m transaction revenue on 11.11 shopping festival

    Annie Lee
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    November 11 has become the most celebrated unofficial festival in China since 2009 when Alibaba, the owner of China’s biggest online shopping platform Taobao, coined the festival and offered half price on its B2C portal Tmall. Because there are 4 number "1" in the date, it is also called Single’s Day. The marketing tactic has been so successful that it feels like women and men of the whole country have entered a frantic combat mode in order to flash order their long-lusted items at half price. It’s a Single’s Day shopping festival that has nothing to do with…
  • APEC red carpet snapshots: when in Beijing

    Annie Lee
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Nov 10, China President Xi Jinping and his national idol wife Peng liyuan were in the spotlight again as they received leaders from APEC countries in a gala held in the Water Cube. It is normal for the remarkable two to wear Chinese characteristic clothes when receiving guests, but interestingly, the guests also arrive in the Water Cube in unified style, the co-called New Chinese Uniform specially designed for APEC 2014 reception. Without further delay, let’s see how country leaders break their new Chinese look as they walk down the red carpet.            …
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    China Quality Control

  • Problem Solving with the Eight Disciplines

    John
    30 Dec 2014 | 2:41 am
    Many companies, and manufacturers in particular, encounter repeat problems with a product or service. Many times, these problems are reported from customers directly and can negatively impact brand loyalty and reputation. That’s why a method for solving quality problems, known as the Eight Disciplines, or 8D, was created to address issues with quality, remove their root cause and prevent recurrence of the same or similar issues. This article provides a step-by-step approach to solving and preventing quality problems with 8D. What is the Eight Disciplines Problem Solving Method? Eight…
  • Take Action to Improve Process Flow

    Graham
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    Whether you work in manufacturing or any other sector, no one is a stranger to problems in their company or organization. The compelling question is, “what’s the best approach to correcting problems and preventing them in the future?” In last month’s article titled, “How You Can Improve Quality At Your Organization In 4 Key Parts”, we told you about four key areas where you can iron out the wrinkles in your organization and improve quality and process flow. Last week we went a step further and gave you a closer look at how to improve process flow by rethinking roles &…
  • Improve Process Flow by Rethinking Roles & Responsibilities

    Graham
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:47 pm
    How can you use process mapping to assign tasks effectively within an organization and improve process flow and quality? Last month we published an article, “How You Can Improve Quality At Your Organization In 4 Key Parts”, in which we discussed four key areas where you can revamp your organization to improve quality and process flow. Now, we’d like to delve into one such area in greater depth. The focus for today is on organizational structure and responsibilities. Managing Expectations Of Roles & Responsibilities To reiterate a key question that was raised in the earlier blog…
  • Solve Your Production Issues In 24 Hours With QRQC

    John
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    What is QRQC? QRQC – or Quick Response Quality Control – is not only a quality control tool and method for troubleshooting but also an innovative concept in the field of global quality management. QRQC integrates a simple and logical solution to a given production or business operation problem within 24 hours’ time and has applications in many different segments along supply chains, including project management, manufacturing, logistics and others. QRQC focuses on quality control to ensure that any problem is identified and isolated and that a solution is found and implemented quickly…
  • How You Can Improve Quality At Your Organization In 4 Key Parts

    Graham
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    The following is an article compiled with knowledge from veteran quality control professionals we have personally interviewed and worked with over the past several years. These professionals come from industries such as automotive, defense, aerospace, plastics and oil & gas. This article touches on quality tools such as Six Sigma, Lean, 5S, 5Y, 8D, TQM, SPC, VSM and QFD.  These are marvelous innovations in systems quality assurance, and have pushed engineering excellence to a whole new level, although, unless your business is in a solid and sustainable position, and you thoroughly…
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    East Asia & Pacific on the rise - Making development work for all

  • Philippines: Traffic woes and the road ahead

    Joseph Louie Limkin
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:37 pm
    Traffic congestion results in an estimated productivity loss of around PHP2.4 billion ($54 million) a day or more than PHP800 billion ($18 billion) a year. From my house in northern Quezon City, I drive more than two hours every day to get to the office in Bonifacio Global City, which is about three cities away where I come from, and two cities away from the capital Manila. It’s a journey that should only take around half an hour under light traffic. That is a total of four hours on the road a day, if there is no road accident or bad weather. It takes me an hour longer whenever I use the…
  • Businesses benefit where governments are unable or unwilling to protect human rights, right? Wrong

    Carolyn Blacklock
    23 Dec 2014 | 7:19 pm
    When one thinks of businesses operating in countries that are still struggling to protect and provide for human rights, a narrative can easily spring to mind involving unscrupulous businesses happily taking advantage of weak labor laws, a lack of minimum wage and poor environmental controls. But, in many places, the reality is very different. Not only is the private sector itself adversely impacted by weak human rights protections but, more than this, businesses are themselves having to take up a leadership role to compensate for weaknesses that exist at a national level. Despite a fair bit…
  • Tiga pelajaran penting dari Tsunami 2004

    Abhas Jha
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:03 am
    Pada dasarnya saya adalah orang yang pragmatis, mengingat awal karir saya sebagai petugas kelurahan, lanjut terus ke kecamatan, di India, ketika saya bertanggungjawab untuk banyak hal yang terjadi di lapangan, mulai dari persediaan air hingga rencana penggunaan lahan pertanian. Namun saya sangat sedih dan terpukul menyaksikan dampak dari bencana tsunami 2004. Di Indonesia saja, sekitar 220.000 orang kehilangan nyawa. Dunia pun menyaksikan korban berjatuhan selain di Sri Lanka, India, dan Thailand, hingga ke Somalia, Seychelles, dan Afrika Selatan. Bahkan Swedia dan Jerman juga kehilangan…
  • Three key lessons from the 2004 Tsunami

    Abhas Jha
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:56 pm
    I began my professional career as a sub-district and district level administrator in India-a position that makes one responsible for pretty much everything- from making sure the water comes out of the taps and the garbage is collected in the morning to helping pull accident victims out from horrific accidents and facing down stone-pelting mobs. This early experience of being thrown into the deep end of the pool gives me a somewhat pragmatic sense of perspective and equanimity. But I still recall the horror and overwhelming grief that I felt when the full impact of the 2004 Tsunami started…
  • Video Blog: World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific visits Indonesia

    Axel van Trotsenburg
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Video Blog: World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific visits Indonesia Axel van Trotsenburg, World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific, travelled to Indonesia, where he visited the capital Jakarta and Makassar in South Sulawesi. He noted that Indonesia faces a large challenge in meeting infrastructure needs, in order to provide basic services and integrate a country with over 17,000 islands.  
 
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    QualityInspection.org

  • Chinese Suppliers’ Poor Understanding of Statistics

    Renaud Anjoran
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    In China, in many product lines, a factory that makes 95% good products is considered a good factory. And its managers will not feel ashamed. Now, let’s look at it another way. A factory that ships 5 million pieces a month, at a 95% quality rate, ships nearly 3 million bad pieces a year to its customers. Not quite the same story. There is no reason to feel satisfied. They should work hard at raising the bar. And, from a customer’s point of view, it is not pretty either. Let’s say you purchase 20% of that factory’s output. You will receive more than half a million…
  • A Great Guide to Electrical Safety Tests

    Renaud Anjoran
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:51 pm
    We just found a very nice guide published by Slaughter, a manufacturer of testing equipment. This Guide to Electrical Safety Testing is free to access on the internet. Here is what it explains: What is class I and what is class II The two lines fo defense to protect the user from electrical shock (insulation, and safety grounds) What tests are to be performed on samples, and what tests are to be done on 100% of products Types of injuries that can be induced by electrical shocks How to set up a safe workstation (with nice graphics) Checklist for setting up a safe test station Clear…
  • Comparison of Asian Countries for Production of Garments & Shoes

    Renaud Anjoran
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:33 am
    A few weeks ago, an executive with a long experience in the footwear and garment industries shared some insights about different Asian and African countries, as far as production capabilities go. Here are my notes: Myanmar Right now it is not a major manufacturing center, but it should gain momentum in a few years. 80% of the population works in farms. Don’t expect a very fast migration to cities. Ethiopia Large potential workforce (the second most populated African country). Workers there expect to learn new skills. They don’t just come for a job. It is possible to set up a…
  • How to Measure the Flexibility of the Plastic You Buy in China?

    Renaud Anjoran
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:29 pm
    A client asked how the flexibility of plastics could be tested. One of our engineers responded, and I thought it might be interesting to reproduce it here. Better quality plastics are usually more flexible. There is NO standard value for each type of plastic. Chinese manufacturers usually base their promises on what their resin manufacturer claims. Needless to say, there are all types of resins in China, from the very worst to very good ones. The four tests listed below are useful for comparing those resins and the flexibility they give to the plastic. 1.  Impact test: the plastic is…
  • Challenges in Managing Quality Inspectors in China

    Renaud Anjoran
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    I stopped counting how many people complained about their company’s inspectors. It seems at least half the companies that employ their own inspectors in China are unhappy about the behavior and/or their working methods of some of their QC staff. How is this possible? The challenges There are two reasons why managing quality inspectors is hard: They often do their work “in the field” and alone. It is hard to keep an eye on what they are doing. Worse, the experienced ones, who often have many bad habits, are seen as examples to follow by the newbies. The type of people who…
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  • 2014 will go into the books as…

    Joop
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Whoa, the year passed already?! Check 1 min video below for our year together, long riverside summer days, walks and traveling Shanghai and Korea.  All of this, while preparing for Mia arrival in December. At work, a lot of energy went into rewriting the largest comparison website of the Netherlands. Here on the blog, the most popular post was the dramatic sounding “end of my Chinese fashion startup.” I’ll go and cuddle Mia to sleep. Have a great 2015 y’all! (briefest annual wrap-up yet! 2013, 2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyxtzaIqi3A  
  • Planning and scaling with scrum

    Joop
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:42 am
    After working with Scrum for some time, I’ve finally became a certified ScrumMaster (SM) at the zilverline course with Marco Mulder en Bas van der Hoek. Addtionally I met one of the inventors of the Scrum software development process. Jeff Sutherland at our company yesterday! Scrum is like a homing missile The old school and dreadful IT project style: The customer wants a new website and makes sure to write an extensive project plan beforehand. Better be extra detailed to make sure we’ll get this project right! The customer assumes the project is clear and believes that developers should…
  • Hello world: Mia Dorresteijn

    Joop
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    I’m a father now! Suna gave birth to a healthy daughter. Her  name is Mia Dorresteijn, she was born on 2nd of December 2014. Birth weight 3680 gram and a length of 51 cm. Both mother and baby are doing great!
  • Continuous deployment model

    Joop
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:27 am
    We’re moving to continuous deployment; What is it, how does it impact the organization and how do we get there? Early 2010, our DIY fashion company had a ‘heartbeat’, in which every Wednesday, just after lunch, we would release a new version of the website. Although scripted, this climax of a weeks work was always a stressful time for the developers. We had to get the entire staff to agree on the release window and run numerous tests before and afterwards. Due to the hassle of putting things live, some companies release less often, monthly or perhaps every month. Why such a…
  • Ozakajō Osaka castle

    Joop
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    Originally called Ozakajō, it is one of Japan’s most famous castles, and played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period. Osaka Castle is situated on a plot of land roughly one kilometer square. It is built on two raised platforms of landfill supported by sheer walls of cut rock, using a technique called Burdock piling, each overlooking a moat. The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and built atop a tall stone foundation to protect its occupants from sword-bearing attackers.
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    MyBrownBaby

  • Full Circle: The Connection Between ‘With This Ring’ and Ernie Banks

    Denene Millner
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    When the "With This Ring" premiere trended on Twitter this weekend, the road God planned for me long ago became abundantly clear. The post Full Circle: The Connection Between ‘With This... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Book to Film: How ‘The Vow’ Became ‘With This Ring’

    Denene Millner
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The book to film road for the novel, "The Vow," was paved with a decade's worth of obstacles before it became the Lifetime movie, "With This Ring." The post Book to Film: How ‘The Vow’ Became ‘With... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hope. Or When History Stops Repeating Itself.

    Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    If hope fueled the courage of our forebears in Selma, surely it can fuel the courage we need to fix Ferguson and make the world a better place for our kids. The post Hope. Or When History Stops... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jill Scott On Falling In Love With ‘With This Ring': “There’s Something So Pure About It”

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Jill Scott, who in the new Lifetime movie "With This Ring" plays Viviane, the character I created in "The Vow," just, like, gets it. The post Jill Scott On Falling In Love With ‘With This Ring':... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dove’s ‘Love Your Curls’ Film Perfect For Black Girls With Natural Hair

    Denene Millner
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Love Your Curls, Dove's new film encouraging natural hair love, is the perfect self-esteem boost for Black girls. The post Dove’s ‘Love Your Curls’ Film Perfect For Black Girls... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Speaking of China

  • 4 Awkward Experiences I’ve Had Spending Chinese New Year With Family in China

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Bringing family together for the holidays is bound to produce a few awkward experiences – including when it’s your family spending Chinese New Year. Here are four I’ve had that have stayed with me over the years (making me wonder what’s in store this Chinese New Year!):1. Family pressure to have a baby at the most important dinner of the yearAs I’ve written before, being married for 10 years with kids can be a pretty awkward situation in China. Which of course, can lead to awkward situations during the holidays, like the following.Last year, just as we sat down to nianye fan…
  • Ask the Yangxifu: Dealing with “When Will You Get Married?” & Other Awkward Chinese Family Questions

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    (Photo by Davi Ozolin via Flickr.com)“Vickie” asks:So I’m living in China with my boyfriend. We have lived in China for the majority of our relationship, and I am learning Chinese full time. His little sister is getting married next week and as a consequence his Mom takes every opportunity to ask me when we are going to get married. There are some reasons this sits uncomfortably with me:1. It is assumed that we are getting married but we haven’t really talked about it openly. 2. I would kind of like the surprise proposal if we ever did get married, and being constantly…
  • Wanted: Your Guest Posts on Having/Raising Biracial Asian Kids or Being Biracial & Asian

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    18 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Recently Rosie in Beijing, a longtime reader and blogger herself, made an excellent suggestion:I would be interested in reading about some people’s experiences raising kids in China or maybe about having biracial kids or being biracial. There is a lot of talk about western women with Asian men but I think mixed race/nationality is another issue worth discussing.I can’t agree more. After all, one of the biggest reasons I run guest posts is to provide fresh perspectives on this blog. And while I don’t have kids yet or know what it’s like to be biracial Asian, these are experiences that…
  • Guest Post: “He Feels Horrible About Me Being The Breadwinner”

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    A few years back when I co-wrote an article titled Western Wives, Chinese Husbands (exploring what it’s like to date and marry Chinese men), we touched on the subject of money — specifically, that sometimes Western women end up being the breadwinner in the family.I was reminded of that when I first read this post from Judith (who blogs in Dutch at Judith In China). She’s from the Netherlands and currently dating a Beijing local (who she considers her perfect match).  But, “Even though I don’t earn much at all, own a house or car, or have savings worth mentioning, I…
  • 5 Habits My Chinese Husband Has Learned From Me

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    11 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    I wrote last week about how marriage changes you – especially when you’re in an international or cross-cultural relationship — and shared 4 habits I’ve learned from my Chinese husband. But I’m not the only one who has picked up a few new habits from my foreign spouse.What has my husband learned from his white American wife after over 10 years of marriage? Here are 5 examples of his new habits (my personal favorites!):P.S.: This post was also inspired by a question posted on the AMWF Facebook Group Ichiro & Juliet, run by Ranier Maningding (who is also the guy behind The…
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    Hidden Harmonies China Blog

  • 政治局新年首次集体学习辩证唯物主义 (Politburo together studied Dialectic Materialism)

    N.M.Cheung
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:02 am
    Have lived in U.S. for over 50 years, yet because of my Chinese root, I am always attuned to what happens in China. I avidly read all books about China and Chinese history. From Edgar Snow, William Hinton, to various China experts. From People’s Daily to New York Times about recent events. I consider my schooling up to 8th grade in Shanghai during the 50s as inoculation against biases against China. Last month in one of the comments Ray recommended guancha.cn for better sourcing about China. I have been reading it everyday since and suddenly I am awakened like the character in the…
  • Abe’s Japan going backwards on the Comfort Women Issue

    pug_ster
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:59 pm
    It seems inevitable that Japan would start whitewashing its textbooks  its WWII atrocities. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/09/national/tokyo-based-textbook-publisher-to-delete-depictions-of-comfort-women/#.VLw_T0fF8pA Now the word “comfort Women” has been removed from High School textbooks and instead replaced by South Korean “individuals victimized by Japan during the war seeking to file lawsuits in Japanese courts to seek apology and damages.” like these people are a bunch of money grubbers.  Not to mention that Japan want to portray themselves as…
  • The Myth of a Chinese takeover in Siberia – Continued

    Mister Unknown
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:57 pm
    As an avid follower and enthusiast of modern trends in Sino-Russian relations (and media coverage thereof), I saw this “jewel” of an op-ed in the New York Times earlier this week, titled “Why China will Reclaim Siberia“. This type of Sinophobic fear-mongering is nothing new in the western media. With amusement, I read through it with the slight hope of finding some new, compelling arguments other than the same old rhetoric of “there are so many Chinese and so few Russians”. Unsurprisingly, there were none. I have written on this subject previously, and…
  • Why did China ban Google? And why do the West try to shut down the Confucian Institute?

    Ray
    1 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    The common western narrative is that China’s government is oppressive and fear that its citizens would discover freedom and democracy through those websites. On the social-economic level, they imply that China’s leadership lack confidence when dealing with the western world. The underlying message is that that those rich multi-billion corporations are somehow purveyor of freedom and democracy. Google even used “Don’t be evil” as its formal corporate motto. However, the Snowden incident showed that the US government and many of its close allies have been spying on…
  • 汉武帝还是唐太宗 习近平陷入保守主义?/On History

    N.M.Cheung
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    Upon reading the article at dwnews.com on 12/31/2014, it triggered memory over 2 years ago when I was in Lhasa, after visiting Potala Palace, recovering from altitude sickness, and watching CCTV 10, about Taoism and analysis of history. For those who can’t read Chinese, the articles analyze the two dynasties when China was at her zenith, Han and Tang and the two great emperors, one used Confucianism as governing principle and downgraded other schools of thought, the other followed the principle of Taoism, which allows multiple paths of enlightenment. it obliquely criticizing Xi for…
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    Red Luxury

  • Six Reasons Why Chinese Buy Luxury Goods

    Barbara
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    In China, a country with sales of luxury goods of 22 billion euros in 2014 and still increasing, it is important for international luxury brands to understand the main purchase motivations of different Chinese consumers for successful branding strategy and marketing sales. So why do Chinese consumers purchase luxury goods? We observe six purchase motivations [&hellip
  • Wedgwood is Betting Big on China

    red luxury w
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    One of the world’s most well-known china makers, Wedgwood, is expanding into China. Wedgwood’s parent company, WWRD, which also owns Waterford and Royal Doulton, has been put on the market by its private equity group owners, KPS Capital. With the news of the sale came news that the company was planning a major expansion in [&hellip
  • China’s Premium Cigar Market Is On The Rise

    red luxury b
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Chinese interest in premium cigars is on the rise. Although smoking in general is declining around the world, premium cigars represent a thriving sector of the tobacco market, with sales growing at 4 to 5 percent each year. Ranging in price from $20 to $200, these cigars have become a lifestyle trend that “appeals to [&hellip
  • Rag & Bone Opens First Hong Kong Store

    red luxury w
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    New York-based fashion brand Rag & Bone has opened its first store in Hong Kong in IFC Mall. The 1,200 square foot store on the second floor of the mall combines industrial elements and steal framing juxtaposed with softer elements such as solid-wood doors and dark-stained wood floors to give the store a New York [&hellip
  • Luxury Swiss Watch Prices Could Spike By 10 Percent in China After Bank’s Decision

    red luxury w
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    With the Swiss National Bank’s decision to abolish its minimum exchange rate policy, Chinese consumers will soon be paying a lot more for luxury Swiss watches. Swiss National Bank said in a statement that the policy, which, since 2011, kept the exchange rate with the euro from falling below 1.2 Swiss francs, “protected the Swiss [&hellip
 
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    Bikedan in Asia

  • Yoga will help your Cycling

    Bikedan
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:24 am
    YOGA – It’s not just for Girls Photos courtesy of Craig Ferguson – http://www.craigfergusonimages.com Yep, that’s right, yoga is good for the guys too and just about perfect for the serious cyclist who wishes to transcend beyond the perceived ceiling! I have been living in China for the past almost five years and in that time I have witnessed yoga becoming increasingly popular amongst Chinese women – its a new fashion fitness trend. But, very few Chinese men are doing yoga – in the past year I have seen one other Chinese male attend the yoga class I regularly…
  • China: Yunnan Colorful Gran Fondo

    Bikedan
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    I have been in and out of China for the last 14 years since first coming in the year 2000, I have witness a stunning transformation of this great nation; not just the economic transformations but a significant shift in the attitudes towards outdoor leisure, particularly cycling. Cycling has always been part of the Chinese culture and it still is a major mode of transportation in today’s modern China.  The cycling events scene has been rapidly gaining in popularity over the last few years, but the problem was most events were short and held on boring un-inspiring circuits. If there was…
  • New Zealand: Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

    Bikedan
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the official opening of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail in Lumsden, Southland and witnessed part of what New Zealand is doing with the Cycle Trails Network development to attract more international tourists to experience the beauty of New Zealand on two-wheels. Route 6 Cafe in Lumsden The turn-out in windy, but sunny, Lumsden was its largest in history for the small Southland town that also hosts a stage finish at the Tour of Southland. The first stage of the trail was opened by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English. English led a group of cyclists…
  • China: Chengdu Laochemi 100km Road Race

    Bikedan
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    It is always good coming to race in the Chengdu area as the organizers, ‘Lao Che Mi’ are widely known for putting on great events that are well organized. They also look after their foreign guests extremely well, paying attention to every detail. I have raced at many races throughout China, and Laochemi events are right up their with the best, if not the best.  They have been putting on events since 1984 and are pioneers in the China cycling scene; they also have five TREK concept stores in Chengdu city!  If you are looking for a good race to do in China, consider signing up for…
  • Cycle Travel: Exploring off-the-beaten track in China

    Bikedan
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:22 pm
    China is a massive country with many off-the-beaten track gems just waiting to be discovered by bicycle, so many that you can spend a lifetime here and still not complete them all; I’ve been living in China for over four years and have barely scratched the surface. For familiarity sake and time constraints, I tend to do many of the same routes around the city of Hangzhou where I live, and travel out frequently for bicycle races around China. Unfortunately, many of the bike races around China are not held in locations that ideally show-case the region where the race is being hosted;…
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    The China Observer

  • 10 Chinese Companies Going Global in 2015

    Joel
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    2015 is here, and more Chinese executives and entrepreneurs than ever before are planning to take their businesses global. I spent the majority of 2014 on the road speaking with many of these executives in China, Europe and the United States for my new book. While most are still developing their overseas expansion strategies, there is tremendous interest in entering advanced economies such as the US and EU, for both business and personal reasons. As I have previously written in this column, “going global’ is not just a Chinese government directed policy, but even more so a practical…
  • How Should Western Multinationals View Chinese Companies Going Global?

    Joel
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:49 am
    (This is the third and final installment of my three-part series of posts that summarize key takeaways from my recent trip to Europe where I spoke about topics from my new book, China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global. To read Part I about Chinese companies building global brands, click here. To read Part II about why Chinese firms go global if China’s such a large market, click here.) At the tail end of my two-week journey, the last few talks I gave were primarily for policy and government audiences in Brussels and Rotterdam. We discussed one…
  • Why do Chinese firms go global if China’s such a large market?

    Joel
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:07 am
    This is the second in a three-part series of posts that summarize key takeaways from my recent trip to Europe where I spoke about topics from my new book, China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global (To read Part I about Chinese companies building global brands, click here Over the course of my trip, I delivered presentations about Chinese companies going global to 14 different organizations across seven cities. The most interesting part of each session for me personally was the Q&A session following my talk where I gained firsthand insight into…
  • Can Chinese Firms Build Globally Competitive Brands?

    Joel
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    This is the first in a three-part series of posts that summarize key takeaways from my recent trip to Europe where I spoke about topics from my new book, China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global. One of the highlights was the Hamburg Summit, a large-scale China-EU conference held in Germany that brought together 600 senior-level attendees across business, government, and academia. The organizers invited me to speak on a panel about Chinese firms’ ability to build globally competitive brands. Often times when I speak about this topic, I borrow a joke…
  • Global Chinese Companies: Challenges or Opportunities for Western Multinationals?

    Joel
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    I recently returned from a two-week trip to Europe where I represented Frontier Strategy Group at several high-profile events focused on Chinese overseas investment, including the Hamburg Summit, and shared key findings from my new book, China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going GlobalWe’re finding that our clients, executives from large American and European multinational companies, are facing intense competition from Chinese companies. At an event we organized in Shanghai this past April, 41% of the executives in attendance ranked “Chinese…
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    Speaking of China

  • 4 Awkward Experiences I’ve Had Spending Chinese New Year With Family in China

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Bringing family together for the holidays is bound to produce a few awkward experiences – including when it’s your family spending Chinese New Year. Here are four I’ve had that have stayed with me over the years (making me wonder what’s in store this Chinese New Year!):1. Family pressure to have a baby at the most important dinner of the yearAs I’ve written before, being married for 10 years with kids can be a pretty awkward situation in China. Which of course, can lead to awkward situations during the holidays, like the following.Last year, just as we sat down to nianye fan…
  • Ask the Yangxifu: Dealing with “When Will You Get Married?” & Other Awkward Chinese Family Questions

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    (Photo by Davi Ozolin via Flickr.com)“Vickie” asks:So I’m living in China with my boyfriend. We have lived in China for the majority of our relationship, and I am learning Chinese full time. His little sister is getting married next week and as a consequence his Mom takes every opportunity to ask me when we are going to get married. There are some reasons this sits uncomfortably with me:1. It is assumed that we are getting married but we haven’t really talked about it openly. 2. I would kind of like the surprise proposal if we ever did get married, and being constantly…
  • Wanted: Your Guest Posts on Having/Raising Biracial Asian Kids or Being Biracial & Asian

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    18 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Recently Rosie in Beijing, a longtime reader and blogger herself, made an excellent suggestion:I would be interested in reading about some people’s experiences raising kids in China or maybe about having biracial kids or being biracial. There is a lot of talk about western women with Asian men but I think mixed race/nationality is another issue worth discussing.I can’t agree more. After all, one of the biggest reasons I run guest posts is to provide fresh perspectives on this blog. And while I don’t have kids yet or know what it’s like to be biracial Asian, these are experiences that…
  • Guest Post: “He Feels Horrible About Me Being The Breadwinner”

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    A few years back when I co-wrote an article titled Western Wives, Chinese Husbands (exploring what it’s like to date and marry Chinese men), we touched on the subject of money — specifically, that sometimes Western women end up being the breadwinner in the family.I was reminded of that when I first read this post from Judith (who blogs in Dutch at Judith In China). She’s from the Netherlands and currently dating a Beijing local (who she considers her perfect match).  But, “Even though I don’t earn much at all, own a house or car, or have savings worth mentioning, I…
  • 5 Habits My Chinese Husband Has Learned From Me

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    11 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    I wrote last week about how marriage changes you – especially when you’re in an international or cross-cultural relationship — and shared 4 habits I’ve learned from my Chinese husband. But I’m not the only one who has picked up a few new habits from my foreign spouse.What has my husband learned from his white American wife after over 10 years of marriage? Here are 5 examples of his new habits (my personal favorites!):P.S.: This post was also inspired by a question posted on the AMWF Facebook Group Ichiro & Juliet, run by Ranier Maningding (who is also the guy behind The…
 
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    Mark Tanner's Chinese Adventures

  • Thawing China-Japan Relations Will Be Good For Rugby

    Mark Tanner
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:08 am
    Rugby on the main stage in Beijing – a pipe dream or a possibility? China isn’t exactly Japan’s number one fan, and with good reason.  The atrocities Japan committed in China during World War II would test even the most tolerant person’s forgiveness. Unlike Germany, who has acknowledged its war crimes, Japan still keeps face, celebrating its war ‘heroes’ and not really admitting to its the horrific wartime tactics.   With China equally staunch on keeping face, we have one big fat stalemate on our hands.  It’s not helped by the territorial…
  • The Sphinx: Didn’t the Egyptians think to Trademark it in China?

    Mark Tanner
    2 Jun 2014 | 12:44 am
    China’s fake Great Sphinx of Giza, in Hebei province, close to Beijing   China has been investing large sums into Africa to take advantage of the continent’s vast natural resources and build diplomacy. In 2012 alone, China dropped $27.7 billion between Cairo and Capetown and is showing no signs of slowing down. But even with China bringing all sorts of new infrastructure, mobile networks, sports stadiums and more productive farming to the continent, one country that isn’t looking too fondly on the Middle Kingdom is Egypt.   Egypt’s tourism industry, which…
  • Elysium, China and the Electric Car Question

    Mark Tanner
    15 Feb 2014 | 9:48 pm
    China Elysium   On the long flight back from China to New Zealand recently, one of the films I watched was Elysium.  The sci-fi thriller probably won’t make my top-10 list, but some of the content felt disturbingly close to home.   Although earth in Elysium was depicted as a polluted and overpopulated Los Angeles in 2154, it had elements of the way China is going right now, as the air and water pollution seem to be getting worse every year.  The luxurious space habitat that the earthlings wanted to escape to, reminded me a little bit of New Zealand – although with…
  • The Internet In China: Going The Full Circle

    Mark Tanner
    12 Oct 2013 | 8:26 pm
    The Internet in China is changing for the worse   One of the most fascinating things about living in China over the past few years has been observing how the Internet is changing everything from shopping, to communication, to the way Chinese people think.   For generations, Chinese were heavily influenced by what the Government said in their state-controlled media, determining what is shown on television, the newspapers, radio, books and almost everything in China. It was an incredibly powerful channel to spread the propaganda, and in a way, helped control what 1.3 billion Chinese…
  • 157 Cities in China with more people than Berlin, 110 with more than Sydney

    Mark Tanner
    5 Aug 2013 | 10:51 pm
    Most people have heard of Shanghai and Beijing, but I bet there’d be very few Westerners who could name 50% of the 113 cities with more people than San Francisco’s metro area. Every month in China, there is a city the size of Brisbane added to the landscape. On the Yangtze River alone, 18 cities have more people than New Zealand.   What’s remarkable, is the number of China’s mega-cities that most people have never heard of.  Consumers in those cities are becoming increasingly wealthy, and their tastes are going to increasingly influence the whole world.  To…
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    Chengdu Living

  • Chengdu Living Podcast: Pollution, Life in China & Uber

    Podcast Robot
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:36 am
    After a long hiatus, a new episode of the Chengdu Living podcast is finally available. Recorded just a week ago with Dan Engel and Eli Sweet in a Yulin apartment, this is a 55 minute podcast. The topics discussed in the podcast are: Pollution in Chengdu Causes of pollution, and the seasonal nature of this problem What’s being done about the pollution How local residents are reacting What you can do to protect yourself, including specific information about useful products and practices Uber Ban in China About China’s investment in Uber and in ride-sharing apps Reports from Uber…
  • Returning to the US: An Immigrant in My Own Land

    Sascha
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:26 pm
    So here I am, the eve before the coldest day in Minneapolis yet, trying to decide if my move to the US was the correct one. Those of you who have read a few of my previous stories may know that I renovated a house in Chengdu not so long ago, shedding no small amount of blood and treasure in the process. Why go through such efforts, if my plan was to leave not a year into my stay in the Compound? I find myself asking that same question at least once a day. The last more significant one was the day before yesterday, during the tail end of my Uber ride to get a new phone for my wife. I should…
  • The Paradox of China’s Renewable Revolution

    Sascha
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
    One of the first things one notices upon arrival in China is the thin coating of dust that covers all stationary objects. It hangs in the air, turns to black grime in the wetter climes, and in recent years has caused the urbanites of major Chinese cities to clamor through their face masks for relief from the pollution. China’s pollution problems are nationwide, and filter through into the earth and the water, clogging streams and drying up the Yellow River. Waterways in urban areas are fetid and China’s industrialization has been described as one of the worst environmental disasters the…
  • “New Masters” Documentary Explores Modern Kung Fu

    Charlie
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Earlier this year Sascha Matuszak begun working on a documentary film, The New Masters, about how traditional Chinese kung fu is colliding with the worldwide sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). In the months that followed, spent a lot of time onthe road meeting cagefighters and martial artists, and writing about them for Fightland, an online MMA blog created by the well-respected Vice Magazine. In other words, Sascha has earned his place as an authority on the topic of kung fu and MMA in China, putting him in a great position to take his documentary, The New Masters, to very exciting places.
  • Evolution of the Chengdu Riverside

    Sascha
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    I live not far from the sluggish southern end of the river that runs through Chengdu. I go down to the river maybe three or four times a month with my two sons, and we throw rocks into the sewage run off, watch the old men throw small nets at the mouth of the same run off, and run through the rubble and jungle of the wild urban riverbank. Just after the worst of winter broke, I noticed the old folk crawling around the wreckage of some old neighborhood, smashing big slabs of concrete into smaller slabs, and preparing the earth beneath for planting season. One old man dropped a huge stone down…
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    eWallstreeter

  • China tycoon sues local governments

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:12 am
    Legal action highlights risks of unpaid debt cascading through financial system
  • Shanghai abandons GDP target

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:03 pm
    Focus on growth has contributed to environmental degradation and urban sprawl
  • China to forge new markets for its output

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:32 pm
    ‘One Road, One Belt’ strategy targets poorer countries with infrastructure investment to create the need for Chinese products
  • China buying more iPhones than US

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    Turning point highlights shifting power balance in smartphone market
  • Services, utilities rock, consumer stock slump in January

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    January 23, 2015 (Chinavestor)Here is a recap what Chinese stocks did best in2 015 so far... Services, utilities, financial and health care stocks outperformed the rest. Consumer stocks failed just like capital goods and technology. Best stocks: China Mobile (NYSE:CHL), China Unicom (NYSE:CHU) among telecoms, and Huaneng Power Intl. (NYSE:HNP) from utilities. China Life Insurance (NYSE:LFC) and CNinsure (NASDAQ:CISG) rocked among financials and tiny WuXi Pharma (NYSE:WX) lifted the health sector
 
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    Welcome To China

  • Lets Eat… Clay Pot Noodles

    Rodney
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:09 am
    Claypot Noodles (罐罐面) are a popular meal in my local area, but there certainly not to be found everywhere, as I’d never really noticed them before. Just recently tried them out at a local sidewalk restaurant the other day, it’s a very popular place at lunch times and at night right through till 11 and […]
  • Lets Eat… Sichuan Dry Hot Pot

    Rodney
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:17 pm
    Sichuan (or Szechwan/Szechuan) Cuisine is wildly popular, but UNLESS, you have a real penchant for spicy food it might not be the first place to start your culinary adventures. I mean real spicy. Once you have been here a while you’ll probably grow more and more accustomed to spicy food and really start to love […]
  • The benefits of Goji Berry (Wolfberry)

    Rodney
    2 Jan 2015 | 10:53 pm
    [translated from people.cn] Goji Berry(枸杞), also known as Wolfberry, according to traditional Chinese medicine, has tonifying the liver and kidney and nourishing blood for improving eyesight, anti-aging rejuvenation and other effects. Modern medical research found that Goji also has liver and functional in preventing fatty liver. Goji contains an active ingredient theophylline, it is effective […]
  • The top Chinese travel destinations by month

    Rodney
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    The best months to see some of Chinas amazing destinations: December: light color painting in Zhangjiajie Line: Hunan Zhangjiajie-Fenghuang-jiangkou, Guizhou province Main point: tianzi mountain snow, Tianmen mountain rime binggua, Fenghuang snow, fanjing mountain snow January: half water, half flame Line:-Haikou-Wenchang, Qionghai-Wanning Main point: Wenchang Tai o, stone Park, Lake fishing, continental Islands, eastern suburb […]
  • French Toast and Hong Kong Milk Tea

    Rodney
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:46 pm
    A popular snack you’ll find at Hong Kong tea restaurants is the local version of french toast.. the middle is filled with peanut butter, coated in egg batter then fried. Goes well with milk tea, which is another local speciality featuring a strong brew of black tea with condensed milk.. They take there tea very […]
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    China-Family-Adventure.com News

  • What are these Chinese Gold Ingots we see in decorations?

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    These boat-shaped gold ingots also called Yuanbao or Sycee make shiny ornaments during the celebrations. They were traditionally made of silver or gold and used as money in Ancient China and therefore represent wealth and prosperity.
  • Chinese New Year Traditions

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Preparations for the New Year begin a couple of weeks before the big day. This is a fun time full of anticipation and joy as we get ready for the thrill and excitement of the celebrations. According to the traditions, this is the time to clean the house, prepare food for the feast and make banners and decorations special for the New Year.
  • Our easiest Chinese Lantern in 6 simple steps!

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Making your own Chinese Lantern out of paper is easy and they make great decorations for your home, classroom, patio, bedroom... You can hang them or place them on a table, individually or in groups. This one is the easiest to make and all of the materials you are likely to have at home, all you need is some paper, scissors and glue.
  • Chinese New Year Firecrackers

    23 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Rather than garlands and wreaths, you will see firecrackers made out of bright shiny paper hanging alongside door entrances, adorning walls and out at the park and plazas. They add to the lively atmosphere of the festivities since they represent the loud, happy, cracking noises of the season. According to the traditions, firecrackers (of the real kind), are lit in front of houses and stores so that the evil spirits are scared away. Make your own firecrackers, here's how!
  • Banners and Scrolls with New Year's Greetings and Messages of Good Fortune

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Red and gold banners with New Year messages of good luck adorn all all entrances offering a warm welcome and wishes of prosperity and good fortune for the upcoming year. And accordingly, you could decorate the entrance to your room, or put them up in the living room or near your main door as well as the entrance of your school or classroom.
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    Beijing Cream

  • There Are Worse Ways China Could Have Lost Than This

    Anthony Tao
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    Wang Dalei shouldn’t be too hard on himself for letting this ball go through, because… holy shit, Tim Cahill! Logically speaking, all things considered, China has no reason to lament this result in what was its most meaningful soccer game in a long time. But they’ll probably look back and realize what a real opportunity they had to steal one. In the first half, China controlled more than 77 percent of possession, featuring an outstanding scoring chance in the 20th minute following a nifty build-up. But Australia had its moments, too, and probably would have put one in…
  • You Should Probably Watch Tonight’s China vs. Australia Football Match

    Anthony Tao
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:02 am
    Some day, when historians write the story of the rise of Chinese Football — the team’s long path from national laughingstock to World Cup champion — they’ll point to this year’s Asian Cup as the turning point. More specifically, they’ll cite tonight’s game (7:30 pm China time, 9:30 Queensland), during which a scrappy and young squad caught magic and upset the tourney hosts in a sold-out and raucous Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Or China could lose 4-0 and we’ll forget them until the next ignominious flameout in World Cup qualifying. Either…
  • Help Us Find Beijing Cream’s No. 1 Troll

    RFH
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Well, you run an open comments system, someone always has to come along and crap in the salad. We present to you: the Beijing Cream Troll, who was sober enough to post under multiple identities, but not to switch up his IP address: Whoever this individual was, he’s expended more time and energy on this site in the last few weeks than Tao, me or any of our usual writers. Like an unpaid intern who’ll do anything just to be noticed, this guy went the distance – and more. He deserves Recognition. Respect. In language he’d understand, “Rogering.” But what do we really know about…
  • We’re updating our commenting policy

    Anthony Tao
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Hi everyone, I’m Anthony Tao, I am in debt and left China in ignominy, never to return, Holy shit, my Q2 Chinese visa is good for TEN years (120-day duration). Thanks, Obama! — Anthony Tao (@anthonytao) December 31, 2014 so I guess none of you will see me at Black Sun anymore. I’m reading some of my poetry tmr (Tuesday 1/13) at @BeijingBookworm at its inaugural “Word of Mouth” poetry event. 8pm if you’re interested — Anthony Tao (@anthonytao) January 12, 2015 Also, RFH does not exist. Welcome to the brave new world of comments moderation! It’s not…
  • CBA Dunk Contest Wins Again

    Anthony Tao
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Yeah, I don’t think that’s how it’s done. Previously, from 2013: The CBA All-Star Weekend Wasn’t Terrible, But This Dunk Contest Was (Terribly Funny) (Via Deadspin)
 
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    Everyone's Blog Posts - Study More Chinese

  • The Value of Learning Chinese and English Languages

    Samantha Young
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:19 pm
    English and Mandarin are the most widely spoke languages in the world. Currently, the master of arts in teaching English is one of the most preferred postgraduate degree of individuals who want to improve their teaching credentials. That said, The following are some of the main benefits of studying the two: Business Starting with English, it is the main language of international business, with the bulk of emails, contracts, reports, and memos being formulated in it. However, as the world becomes more and more interconnected, the need to be fluent in the both is increasing, thanks to China’s…
  • Short and interesting Mandarin phrases - just for fun

    Jim Wu
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hi Everyone Below is a long list of short phrases that you can practice reading to try and understand. Most of them are not serious, just for fun. I've explained the first four and left the rest for you to try. If there are any you don't understand or want help with just ask me in the comments. 1:工资就像大姨妈,一个月一次,一周左右就没了 explanation: 姨妈(aunt):mother's sister 大姨妈:the oldest one of mother's sister If you have serveral 姨妈 ,the oldest one is your 大姨妈, the second oldest one is your 二姨妈,and so forth.What I should mention you…
  • New List of HSK 3 Vocabulary (600 Words) 新HSK(三级)词汇(共600个)

    Grace
    2 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Hi Everyone - Here is a list of 600 vocabulary words that you can use to review and prepare for the HSK 3. If you would like help preparing for the exam, I offer classes on italki and you can book a class with me there. A cha dong a’yi chang dongxi a changge dong ai chaoshi dong ai chenshan dongwu aihao chengji dou anjing chengshi du B chi duan ba chidao duan ba chu duanlian baba chuxian dui ba chuzuche duibuqi bai chufang duo bai chule duome ban chuan duoshao ban chuan E ban chun e banfa ciyu erqie bangongshi ci erzi bangmang congming erduo bangzhu cong er bao cuo F bao D fashao baozhi da…
  • HSK 1 Vocabulary List of 150 new words - 新汉语水平考试HSK(一级)词汇 / 共150 个

    Grace
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Hi Everyone - Here is a list of useful words for the HSK 1. If you would like help preparing for the exam, I offer classes on italki and you can book a class with me there. HSK(一级)语言功能 1.打招呼、告别。 2.简单介绍个人信息(姓名、年龄、住所、家庭、爱好、能力等)。 3.表示感谢、道歉。 4.表达数量。 5.表达时间(分钟、小时、天、星期、日、月、年等)。 6.简单描述(天气、方位、大小、多少等)。 7.提问、回答简单的问题(购物、交通等)。…
  • Review of Book “Basic Spoken Chinese” by Cornelius C. Kubler

    Thomas Doherty
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    I have been reading and studying a fairly new set of Mandarin Language textbooks known as the “Tuttle Basic Chinese Series” that can be used in the AP level High School or College classroom or by people studying on their own. I will only review the first book in the series “Basic Spoken Chinese” BSC at this time. At later times I will review other volumes in the “Tuttle Basic Chinese Series”. Full Title and Publishing Information: “Basic Spoken Chinese, Introduction to Speaking and Listening for Beginners” by Cornelius C. Kubler ( Tuttle Publishing 2011…
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    China Law Blog

  • China Contract Damages: More Art Than Science

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Our China lawyers often stress to our clients the importance of a well-crafted contract damages provision that contains a “just-right” amount of damages should there be a breach. We are often asked what the just right amount should and our answer is that depends on the specific facts and to what the Chinese side will agree.   The other day, one of our China attorneys wrote the following to a client regarding a contract damages provision in an NNN Agreement we had drafted. We had recommended one figure for the contract damages, but against our advice, our client had insisted on a…
  • China VIEs: A Bibliography From The Last Few Days

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:09 pm
    The recent news about China VIEs has thrown many (most?) China lawyers into a bit of a tizzy. We all know that what is happening is complicated and important and we are all scrambling to figure it all out, knowing that whatever we conclude now will no doubt differ from what we conclude six months from now. Because this issue is so important and so complicated, I thought it appropriate to gather up the best writings on it and list them below. This is truly a situation where the more you read the more you will understand, though if you think you have it completely figured out, I think you are…
  • China VIEs Are Dead. Done. Over. Stick A Fork In Them.

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:58 pm
    January 19, 2015 marks the date of the death of the VIE investment structure in China. The death blow was dealt by the PRC State Council itself, the highest authority on such matters in China. Now that the issue is settled, we can all move on to figure out the effects.  How was the VIE killed? On January 19, the State Council issued a discussion draft of legislation setting out the plan for overhauling the antiquated Chinese foreign investment legal regime. The new system is set out in the PRC Investment Law Discussion Draft (the “Draft”), a massive document in 178 Articles and…
  • How To Get A China Business Visa

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:33 am
    Our China lawyers are often asked China visa questions and unless they are particularly complicated or legalistic, we typically refer these questions out to China visa specialists. It is always surprising to us how little good information there is out there in English on what it takes to get a China visa of any kind. So I was quite pleased when a loyal reader referred me to this post on the Sapore di Cina blog, entitled, Business visas for China – The complete guide. This post ought to prove helpful to anyone seeking a China business visa and we recommend it to anyone seeking such a…
  • How To Draft A Contract For China

    19 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    Contract drafting guru Ken Adams interviewed our own Steve Dickinson for a post he did regarding drafting contracts for China. The interview was in the form of a Q&A and I urge you to go herefor the whole thing. Ancient Purchase and Sale Contract Steve made the following points, among others, during the interview: Language of the contract. Chinese law provides that the parties are free to choose the language of their contract. If the contract is in two languages, the parties are free to choose which language will control. If the contract is in Chinese and in English and the parties do not…
 
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    Quality Wars - Your Boots on the GROUND in China

  • Problem Solving with the Eight Disciplines

    John
    30 Dec 2014 | 2:41 am
    Many companies, and manufacturers in particular, encounter repeat problems with a product or service. Many times, these problems are reported from customers directly and can negatively impact brand loyalty and reputation. That’s why a method for solving quality problems, known as the Eight Disciplines, or 8D, was created to address issues with quality, remove their root cause and prevent recurrence of the same or similar issues. This article provides a step-by-step approach to solving and preventing quality problems with 8D. What is the Eight Disciplines Problem Solving Method? Eight…
  • Take Action to Improve Process Flow

    Graham
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    Whether you work in manufacturing or any other sector, no one is a stranger to problems in their company or organization. The compelling question is, “what’s the best approach to correcting problems and preventing them in the future?” In last month’s article titled, “How You Can Improve Quality At Your Organization In 4 Key Parts”, we told you about four key areas where you can iron out the wrinkles in your organization and improve quality and process flow. Last week we went a step further and gave you a closer look at how to improve process flow by rethinking roles &…
  • Improve Process Flow by Rethinking Roles & Responsibilities

    Graham
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:47 pm
    How can you use process mapping to assign tasks effectively within an organization and improve process flow and quality? Last month we published an article, “How You Can Improve Quality At Your Organization In 4 Key Parts”, in which we discussed four key areas where you can revamp your organization to improve quality and process flow. Now, we’d like to delve into one such area in greater depth. The focus for today is on organizational structure and responsibilities. Managing Expectations Of Roles & Responsibilities To reiterate a key question that was raised in the earlier blog…
  • Solve Your Production Issues In 24 Hours With QRQC

    John
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    What is QRQC? QRQC – or Quick Response Quality Control – is not only a quality control tool and method for troubleshooting but also an innovative concept in the field of global quality management. QRQC integrates a simple and logical solution to a given production or business operation problem within 24 hours’ time and has applications in many different segments along supply chains, including project management, manufacturing, logistics and others. QRQC focuses on quality control to ensure that any problem is identified and isolated and that a solution is found and implemented quickly…
  • How You Can Improve Quality At Your Organization In 4 Key Parts

    Graham
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    The following is an article compiled with knowledge from veteran quality control professionals we have personally interviewed and worked with over the past several years. These professionals come from industries such as automotive, defense, aerospace, plastics and oil & gas. This article touches on quality tools such as Six Sigma, Lean, 5S, 5Y, 8D, TQM, SPC, VSM and QFD.  These are marvelous innovations in systems quality assurance, and have pushed engineering excellence to a whole new level, although, unless your business is in a solid and sustainable position, and you thoroughly…
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    InternChina » Languages » English

  • Manon – Our new Qingdao intern

    IC Administrator
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Hi there, I am Manon, new intern at the Qingdao InternChina office. I am from France, Brest, city in the far west of Brittany. The “end of the world” as I like to say. Brest has the reputation of being one of the rainiest city; about 300 days a year. Obviously it is not true! […]
  • A tale of two cities

    Paul Yeandle
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:08 am
    Chengdu is known for pandas, spicy food, hot girls and of course; home the newest  INTERNCHINA office. Over the last year or so there have been significant developments within the city’s infrastructure and the whole Chengdu lifestyle is arguably changing from a chilled out, tea drinking society to a fast paced, iPhone talking, Gucci Wearing, […]
  • Sports in China

    Karim Chaoui
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:24 am
    If you think about a sport in China, you probably think about Kung Fu or Ping Pong is that correct? Well as years have passed, China has really gone through an evolution when it comes to sports. China is always a gold getter during the Olympics. This is because of the investment they make in […]
  • China 1×1 – Was man über China wissen sollte

    Marian Maschke
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:35 am
    Für viele von euch ist es das erste Mal in China und für diejenigen unter euch die sich noch nicht viel mit China beschäftigt haben sind hier 10 Dinge die ihr wissen solltet. China ist groß Dass China ein großes Land ist sollte keine große Überraschung sein. Ein Gefühl für die riesigen Dimensionen dieses Landes […]
  • Hong Kong Up Close – Part 1

    Brigitte Janssen
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:03 am
    Looking at the map of China, most of the city names may not be familiar to you, apart from Beijing of course (I hope…), but there’s one small dot on the map that everyone should have heard of. It’s the port city in the very South of China – Hong Kong. If you’re currently interning […]
 
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    China Stock Research - China Stock Research - Blog posts

  • Week in review - Jan 23, 2015

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    China stocks traded in the US put on a solid rally this past week, trading higher for four straight sessions in the holiday-shortened week. The PowerShares Golden Dragon China ETF (PGJ) rose about +2.8% vs. the previous Friday close, extending last week's gain to rise to nearly +4% on the month. The week’s move higher coincides with a broader market rally in the US, with the S&P 500 adding +1.6% last week while the NASDAQ was good for a +2.7% gain. One reason behind the move in China names was undoubtedly the stronger than expected economic data out early in…
  • Mindray Medical (MR) looking up

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Mindray Medical (MR) – finding new footing? Looking bullish Mindray Medical (MR) has been in a grind lower for a while, and seems to have taken the full brunt of the sell-off in December, but hasn’t snapped back with the rest of the US-listed China universe. The company isn’t as sexy as other names in the space (e-commerce, social media, etc.) which could be a reason for investors looking elsewhere to play the rally. However, Mindray’s chart has turned from a solidly bearish picture to a mild bull in what looks to be a new level of support. With a…
  • PowerShares Golden China (PGJ) recovering, looking bullish

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    PowerShares Golden Dragon improving outlook, further gains ahead There are a few things behind this PowerShares Golden Dragon China ETF (PGJ) bullish call, which closes out the previously bearish view which we published late September (which returned about 7% if you stuck with it). First are the fundamentals - China’s recent GDP print shows that the economy is in fact not on the verge of collapse, which is making shares more attractive (the other eco data was also positive). The second is the chart – following the December sell off (tax selling + overblown fears that the economy…
  • Eco data - December Flash PMI improves slightly to 49.8

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The HSBC/Markit Flash China Manufacturing PMI for January 2015 was 49.8, a slight improvement vs. last month’s 49.6 reading, but still signaling contracting conditions. By sub-index, the data was somewhat mixed. Overall output levels reversed course from a decrease to an increasing reading, driven by new orders increasing (also stronger than last month’s data showing a decrease). New export orders continued to show expansion, however the pace moderated vs. last month. Employment continued to struggle with another month of contracting labor conditions, and at a faster pace than…
  • Momo (MOMO) - it is a no-go

    20 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    We published a short note on SeekingAlpha explaining why we think MoMo (MOMO, profile) is a no-go for investors, and encourage readers to take a look. The stock is trading well under its $13.50 per share IPO price, so although it may seem like beating a dead horse, the article highlights some risks that investors considering the stock should be aware of. Here is an excerpt of the article, and a link follows: Momo was the last China stock to IPO in the US in 2014, and was initially greeted by great expectations, based on the potential of its location-based…
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    Red Luxury

  • Six Reasons Why Chinese Buy Luxury Goods

    Barbara
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    In China, a country with sales of luxury goods of 22 billion euros in 2014 and still increasing, it is important for international luxury brands to understand the main purchase motivations of different Chinese consumers for successful branding strategy and marketing sales. So why do Chinese consumers purchase luxury goods? We observe six purchase motivations [&hellip
  • Wedgwood is Betting Big on China

    red luxury w
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    One of the world’s most well-known china makers, Wedgwood, is expanding into China. Wedgwood’s parent company, WWRD, which also owns Waterford and Royal Doulton, has been put on the market by its private equity group owners, KPS Capital. With the news of the sale came news that the company was planning a major expansion in [&hellip
  • China’s Premium Cigar Market Is On The Rise

    red luxury b
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Chinese interest in premium cigars is on the rise. Although smoking in general is declining around the world, premium cigars represent a thriving sector of the tobacco market, with sales growing at 4 to 5 percent each year. Ranging in price from $20 to $200, these cigars have become a lifestyle trend that “appeals to [&hellip
  • Rag & Bone Opens First Hong Kong Store

    red luxury w
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    New York-based fashion brand Rag & Bone has opened its first store in Hong Kong in IFC Mall. The 1,200 square foot store on the second floor of the mall combines industrial elements and steal framing juxtaposed with softer elements such as solid-wood doors and dark-stained wood floors to give the store a New York [&hellip
  • Luxury Swiss Watch Prices Could Spike By 10 Percent in China After Bank’s Decision

    red luxury w
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    With the Swiss National Bank’s decision to abolish its minimum exchange rate policy, Chinese consumers will soon be paying a lot more for luxury Swiss watches. Swiss National Bank said in a statement that the policy, which, since 2011, kept the exchange rate with the euro from falling below 1.2 Swiss francs, “protected the Swiss [&hellip
 
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    Travel China Cheaper

  • Review of the VisaHQ China Visa Service

    Josh
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Whether you’re looking to get a visa for China far in advance of your trip or you need an emergency visa for China, chances are you’re going to be looking for a good visa service to help you. That’s where VisaHQ comes in. There are quite a few visa services on the market that youRead More The post Review of the VisaHQ China Visa Service appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • FAQ: China’s New 10-Year Visas Explained

    Josh
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Perhaps you’ve heard about the new 10-year China visas that became an option following a meeting between US President Obama and Chinese President Xi JinPing in late 2014. Most people, however, don’t quite understand what this new 10-year visa means. Questions have been flying around about these Chinese visa rule changes and I’ve been gettingRead More The post FAQ: China’s New 10-Year Visas Explained appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • Understanding New Rules for Buying China Train Tickets

    Josh
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    Train travel in China used to be so unpredictable. You had to stand in line at most three weeks before the date you wanted to purchase – sometimes for hours – and just cross your fingers that there were train tickets still available when you arrived at the window. That was China 5 years ago.Read More The post Understanding New Rules for Buying China Train Tickets appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • 5 Tips for Successful China Air Travel

    Josh
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    For the most part, flying in and out of China is pretty simple. It’s the standard flying routine that you’re probably used to no matter what country you come from. Airports will feel familiar even if everything is in another language. Security lines are still long and the flight attendants will still walk through safetyRead More The post 5 Tips for Successful China Air Travel appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • 5 Ways to Watch the NFL in China

    Josh
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    It was one of the biggest sacrifices for me in moving to China: no more Sunday NFL football. I’ve learned to manage, but along the way I’ve also learned a few ways to get my “fix” of American Football. If you’re in the same boat and you’re looking for some high quality and/or cheap optionsRead More The post 5 Ways to Watch the NFL in China appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
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    The Vision Times » China

  • Are Cellphones Becoming Young People’s New Life Partners?

    Iris Lu
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    On social occasions these days, it’s common to see everyone’s heads down around the table, playing with their cellphones instead of talking to each other. How about at home? Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be much difference. And this is exactly what caused a recently married couple in China to get a rapid divorce after a lightning marriage. Mr. Wang and Miss. Zhang went on a blind date in January 2013, and got married a month later. The rushed marriage was probably not due to love at first sight. It seems the young couple might have been playing with their cellphones while…
  • Young Woman Punched for Being Unhappy About a Queue Jumper

    Jane Tseng
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    OMG, I never knew such big conflicts could happen over such small things, like this case in Taiwan! The clash occurred on Jan. 23 at Taoyuan International Airport when a mainland Chinese man jumped the queue. He pushed in front of another mainlander, a young woman from Hebei, who muttered something when it happened. Then a third mainlander from Shanxi thought that she was scolding him So he immediately turned around and punched her! Fortunately, a friend stepped in to stop him from doing anything more. Police arrived at the scene but as both of them had to catch planes and the lady…
  • Communists Provoke Taipei Mayor: ‘It Won’t Work Even if You Replace 10 Police Chiefs’

    Jane Tseng
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    Communists in Taiwan are still acting up, even though new Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je promised to replace the city police chief if Falun Gong meditators get assaulted again. This clip shows the group continuing to verbally abuse practitioners, and a woman called Zhang Xiuye even challenged the mayor in front of police, saying: “It won’t work even if you replace 10 police chiefs.” She yelled: Yes, I am a Chinese Communist Party thug. You should be glad I haven’t hacked you to death, but the practitioners seemed unmoved, and made no response. A victim called Ms. Cai from…
  • 2 Chinese Chauffeurs Become Rich in Very Different Ways

    Monica Song
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    The drivers of the richest man in Asia, and of a former Chinese general both became wealthy through their bosses’ connections. But one learned from his employer’s investment strategies, while the other used illegal means. Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing‘s chauffeur was preparing to retire. Li gave him HK$2 million (about $24,000) as a retirement gift, but the man declined as he had already made several million. Li was surprised to hear this because his salary was only a few thousand dollars a year. The chauffeur replied: “While I was driving, I paid attention to what…
  • It’s Party Time for the World’s Only Panda Triplets (Video)

    Iris Lu
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    Giant pandas fans, here’s an update about the only surviving triplet cubs! These three little cuties are doing well, and can’t wait to celebrate their 1st birthday! So workers at the Chimelong Safari Park threw an early birthday party for the little ones turning 6 months old. The baby triplets—two boys and a girl—were named Shuaishuai (Handsome), Kuku (Cool), and Mengmeng (Cute) after a nationwide naming competition. Now they’re half a year old, the trio are getting their panda style: Their fur is getting thicker, their bodies are getting chubby, and they’re…
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    Rye's Blog

  • I'm Moving! - Update

    Rye Jones
    9 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    It's been a good run with blogger, but over the next week or so I'll be moving this blog to ryejones.com. This move is part of a larger effort on my part lately to start creating--and manicuring--a professional online presence.  I'll update this post once the move is complete, but other than that, expect this to be my last post on blogger. It was a good run, but I think I'm ready to move on to the next stage. Thanks for your support, and I look forward to seeing you on the new, updated blogging interface soon.Update:I have begun finally transferring everything over. The majority of the…
  • Two Impressive Home/Landing Pages

    Rye Jones
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    Lately I have been doing quite a lot of research on how to build effective, convincing, and SEO friendly landing pages. That is, I've been trying to figure out how to best visually present the services offered at travel pals in a way that convinces people to sign up (dammit!) before I attempt to officially launch the site.I might write a longer post collecting all of my thoughts about what I have learned thus far, but for now I wanted to take the opportunity to share two sites that, in my opinion, nailed it. Prosperworks (which I actually signed up for--it's great for tracking networking…
  • Website Beta Up

    Rye Jones
    28 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    I realized that I haven't yet mentioned the fact that my website, http://findtravelpals.com, has been up for the past couple of days.Be warned, however, that the website is still in beta and is not necessarily a reflection of the end product.Basically I've had the site up and running to iron out a couple of the last, stubborn remaining kinks before I officially launch. In the mean time though, feel free to check it out, sign up or subscribe to the mailing list if you're looking for future updates (or are just feeling generous), and offer any feedback you might have.
  • A Good Flat Style Tutorial (and a Minor Website Teaser)

    Rye Jones
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    I have found that designing a website is probably the most fun (and interesting) part of launching a new site. Because I have only decent 'shop skills, I decided to follow the recent "flat style" design trend.As when I attempt to learn anything, I started looking into flat style design by searching YouTube tutorials. And as is always the case, I found countless extremely long, only mildly helpful "tutorials" out there. But I did find one excellent diamond in the rough that stands out as an excellent example of how to do tut vids. In just 30 seconds, this video clearly shows you how to…
 
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    China Digital Review

  • The $7 Whatever Million Chinese Group Buying Deal

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:37 am
      Let’s see…revenue $7.4 billion, market cap $7 billion, latest funding round $700 million…Even with the felicitous number of sevens, the figures from this latest piece of giant Chinese ecommerce biz, Meituan’s debutante ball, will be hard to remember, unlike sports scores.   And that’s OK. Because when it comes to online group-buying in China, the numbers invested can’t hope to match the numbers that will be spent, as China’s consumer class shifts into third and fourth gear.   Let Reuters ‘objectively’ warn about slowing GDP and heating housing bubbles, while…
  • Net Value: The Chinese Internet in 8 Slides

    admin
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Spoiler: It’s impossible to accurately represent the Chinese Internet in 8 slides. After all, twice the U.S. population (316m) surfs the net in China (632m). What we can represent is how much more like us than different are today’s Chinese Netizens, a crucial concept for effectively reaching the biggest online market in the world. To that point,  some popular content from around the Chinese Internet as January 2015 comes to a close.   The post Net Value: The Chinese Internet in 8 Slides appeared first on China Digital Review.
  • The Road to Global Brand Commerce: China Part IV

    admin
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Part IV: Choosing a Model – B2B   This is the third in a ten part series intended to prepare stakeholders for Remodista’s upcoming Global Brand Commerce event in NYC. China Digital Review will explore all the components necessary in establishing a customized platform for tapping China’s massive online market, based on best practice gleaned from strategies employed at Web Presence In China.   When covering China’s online commerce, Western media focuses on recognizable consumer brands and the retail market. Meanwhile, 78% of China’s $1.6 trillion 2013 online market was…
  • China Solved: Clarity through Analytics

    admin
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:58 pm
      Nobody marketing in the U.S. proposes understanding of American culture as the key driver for a nationwide campaign. Somehow though, it is still acceptable to position an understanding of Chinese culture as the source for authority in directing a China campaign. China marketing initiatives based on traditional social principles might show some superficial respect for the culture. This approach does a lot more harm than good, though: - it’s ridiculously qualitative - it perpetrates the myth that the China market is too obfuscated to bother with - it distracts western companies from…
  • Ad Value: The Chinese Consumer in 4 Slides

    admin
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:10 am
      The Mall Roll Up Banner Edition   China faces a paradox in brick-and-mortar. Fast-growing second-tier cities lack for premium shopping malls with the western brands their booming consumer class craves. Meanwhile, China’s first-tier cities are absolutely over-saturated with such properties. To add to the equation, online retail is turning what little traffic there is into show-roomers.  The upshot –increasingly deserted high end malls (except for the ever-expanding food court area), and prominent placard advertising outside of stores to encourage the Chinese O2O angle.
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    Chinese New Year 2015 Quotes | Chinese New Year Greetings 2015

  • [^Best>] Happy Chinese New Year Celebrations 2015 l Chinese New Year's Day

    8 Jan 2015 | 5:29 am
    Chinese New Year Celebrations 2015 : The Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, is the most important traditional festival in China and is celebrated for sixteen days. There are many customs relating to food, decorations, greetings, and gifts. Here is a daily guide to the celebrations on Chinese new year 2015.Pre-Chinese New Year Preparations 2015Cleaning the House : From the 23rd of the 12th lunar month, Chinese people carry out a thorough cleaning of their houses. The cleaning is called “sweeping the dust”, and represents a wish to put away old things, bid farewell to the old…
  • [^Top* ]Chinese New Year Food Traditions 2015 l Dinner l Feast

    8 Jan 2015 | 4:36 am
    Chinese New Year Food Traditions 2015 l Dinner l Feast : Certain dishes are eaten during the Chinese New Year for their symbolic meaning. Lucky food is served during the 16-day festival season, especially Chinese New Year’s Eve, which is believed to bring good luck for the coming year. The auspicious symbolism of these foods is based on their pronunciations or appearance.Chinese New Year Food 2015 : Top Lucky Foods and SymbolismNot only do the dishes themselves matter, but also the preparation, and ways of serving and eating mean a lot. Chinese New Year Food TraditionsChinese New…
  • [Best^] Chinese New Year 2015 Traditions l Myths l Rituals

    8 Jan 2015 | 3:53 am
    Chinese New Year Traditions 2015 : Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year's Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the…
  • [*Top^] Chinese New Year 2015 (Lunar) Greetings, Phrases & Wishes

    6 Jan 2015 | 12:28 am
    Chinese New Year 2015 (Lunar) Greetings, Phrases & Wishes: You are missing your close friends in China...why not convey New Year greetings in Chinese to him/her and surprise them. Chinese New Year wishes are not just for your loved ones in China but, for all those whom you care for. Express you affection and happiness by adding cute New Year messages with you gifts and greetings. You can also, send Chinese New Year quotes and saying to make it look very impressive. Here are beautiful Chinese New Year wishes which you can add with your e-cards or send as text messages.Xīn Nián…
  • Happy Chinese New Year Calendar | Dates | Animals

    2 Jan 2015 | 12:45 am
    Happy Chinese New Year Calendar | Dates | Animals : (Sheep) Spring Festival 2015 falls on February 19. The holiday in China starts from February 19 to 25, 2015. It is the Year of the Sheep according to Chinese zodiac. Welcome to China and explore the traditional folk customs of this grand feast ! - when is chinese new yearChinese New Year CalendarChinese New Year Calendar , Dates :Chinese Spring Festival, also called Lunar New Year, has more than 4,000 years of history. Being one of the traditional Chinese festivals, it is the grandest and the most important festival for…
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