Monthly Archives February 2012

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Sino-Forest and How Do We See Chinese Companies?

I saw this article over how Paulson got sued over not doing enough due diligence on the Sino-Forest investment. Find the WSJ article here. How should we understand the present problem with U.S. listed companies from China? I do not think all Chinese firms should be delisted, but I am concerned over viewing Chinese companies […]

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A Risk For The Chinese Economy

Here is a Quote from the New York Times on the recent World Bank Report given in Beijing. The World Bank said, The greatest risks facing China’s economy, the authors say, may not be external shocks like global economic weakness, but internal structural challenges, like weak domestic consumption, overinvestment in infrastructure and rising inequality among […]

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A 5000 Year Gap Is Not To Be Forgotten

I want to mention a book by John K. Fairbanks. It was published in 1967 and the title is  China:  The People’s Middle Kingdom and the U.S.A In that time, China was in the middle of the cultural revolution and was killing and torturing itself in horrible ways. It was further vilifying America in every […]

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Increasing Opportunity, Increasing Pace

Just saw this at China-Window.  It is well done and you can get it here. It describes how companies used to be careful coming to China but now they are accelerating their investments.  China is the biggest growth market in the world. Companies are seeing that the time is now to capture this market. Here […]

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How Well Do You Know Your People and What Impact They are Having on Overall Company?

Today, I want to ask,  “How well do you know your people and what impact they are having on the overall company?” I have seen people who should have been replaced by the people they hired promoted and even protected on the team in China.  Western HQ has no idea what is really going on and […]

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Human Resource Constraints- A New Outlook is Needed

Recently, we talked about Rising Cost according to a Amcham Shanghai survey. Today let’s talk about the second key business challenge of Human Resource Constraints. A perennial problem in China is human resources, and so my company gets most of its work there. I have written a lot about finding and keeping good people and […]

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Rising Costs

Foreign Entrepreneurs in China listed some top concerns for US companies in China. Here are her top three from Amcham Shanghai: Key Business Challenges in China (%) (*) Rising Costs   (91%) Human Resource Constraints    (90%) Increasing Competition    (83%) For her complete list look here. Foxconn said that salaries for many workers would immediately […]

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Politics and Economics

Olivier Knox, Blogging for Yahoo! reported on how U.S. politicians are talking to the likely future leader of China. The US vice president notably pressed his guest over rampant theft of US intellectual property, and on charges that Beijing keeps its currency artificially cheap in order to keep the price of its exports down relative […]

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