Author Archives: Stan

Chinese Biz in U.S.: Turnabout is Fair Play

September 17, 2014

It’s of crucial importance for senior management of Chinese companies operating in the United States to adjust their mindsets, remain open-minded to differences and get ready to work closely with local professionals in order to grow their American business. Otherwise, they will either go astray or perish. via When in the US, do as the […]

Philips To Sell Auto Air Purifier in China

September 15, 2014

Philips brought a new onboard air purifier to the Chinese market on Sept 11 in an effort to expand its business in the automotive industry. The latest product can eliminate 99 percent of PM 2.5 as well as chemical pollutants and other odors, according to the company. Philips breathes life into onboard air purification – China […]

Crazy China Anti-pollution Tech

September 15, 2014

Um, OK. I guess when things get really bad, policymakers get desperate. You’d think maybe that desperation would fuel more obvious reforms, like mandating cleaner gasoline or more fuel efficient cars, limiting urban growth or getting serious about carbon. But I can see how magic vacuum cleaners in the sky would be more attractive. The […]

Majority In China Expect War With Japan

September 11, 2014

Did anyone else find this really depressing, or was it just me? The Genron/China Daily survey found that 53 per cent of Chinese respondents – and 29 per cent of the Japanese polled – expect their nations to go to war. The poll was released ahead of the second anniversary of Japan’s move to nationalise […]

Foreign firms ‘must follow Chinese law’ – Who Knew?

September 11, 2014

The government’s recent intensive antitrust investigations were conducted following Chinese laws and never purposefully targeted any enterprises, Lu Wei, minister of the Office of the CPC Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs, told a panel during the World Economic Forum in Tianjin. “China’s governance of the Internet follows the ‘bottom line’ approach, and all foreign […]

Spyplane vs. Spyplane: Update

September 9, 2014

If you liked my critique of Chen Dingding’s Op/Ed about the U.S. spy plane incident but thought that I did a lazy, crappy job of it, I have two comments. First, yeah, it was written just as poorly as everything else on this blog, churned out at night or during my lunch hour in a […]

China’s Education Gap

September 6, 2014

Every September, the campuses of Peking and Tsinghua Universities, often called the Harvard and M.I.T. of China, brim with eager new students, the winners of China’s cutthroat education system. These young men and women possess the outlook of cosmopolitan youth worldwide: sporting designer clothes and wielding high-end smartphones, they share experiences of foreign travel and […]

Anti-corruption Holiday Traditions

September 5, 2014

The Mid-Autumn Festival is coming and mooncakes will soon be given to Chinese family, friends, and colleagues to demonstrate appreciation for these individuals’ generosity throughout the year. Most will exchange delicious mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival with the purest of intentions. However, the holiday also provides an opportunity for individuals with less admirable intentions to […]

The Upside of China’s Car Culture

September 5, 2014

Twenty years ago urban streets were jammed not with cars but bicycles. Bike jams were a common site. Pedestrians and cycles often became embroiled in a tangles of wheels, clothes and other paraphernalia. The difference now that cars have largely replaced bikes is that it’s rather easier to kill someone. via Traffic accidents: How the Chinese cross […]

Why Did Ferrero Sponsor a School Diet & Fitness Survey in Shandong?

September 3, 2014

In late May, 50-year-old Li Yiqin finally received a group of visitors he had long been expecting. They were education experts from the Chinese Center for Healthy Education, an institute under the National Health and Family Planning Commission. Li is the deputy principal at Rizhao Foreign Language School, in Rizhao, Shandong province, one of the […]

The Russia Coincidence

September 3, 2014

The following two Reuters articles hit my Inbox yesterday at the same time: China opposes proposed EU sanctions against Russia Russia and China launch gas pipeline I spent two years studying international relations at Johns Hopkins. Could have saved a lot of time and a whole lot o cash if I just read those two headlines along with the […]

US-China Spy Plane Follies: Playing the International Law Card

September 3, 2014

The recent hullabaloo over a near-miss between planes from the U.S. and China near Hainan Island (China’s Hawaii-ish tropical vacation destination) has brought the usual chest thumping and stupid commentary. Might as well join in. One of the most perplexing I’ve read comes from a surprising source, The Diplomat, which usually has a higher level […]

U.S. Companies Say China “Subjectively” Enforcing Laws

September 2, 2014

China is targeting foreign companies with opaque laws and rules, according to a group representing U.S. businesses there, contributing to a deteriorating environment for investment in the nation. I’m rather enjoying some of the news coverage of the latest AmCham survey. Selective enforcement of the laws in China? My goodness, I’ve never heard of anything […]

China Eastern Airlines’ Profits Decline 98%

September 2, 2014

That’s an impressive drop right there. I wonder how much of that was attributable to fewer government officials flying first class before reforms kicked in? When you build that sort of revenue into your business model, wacky shit ensues. China Eastern Airlines, one of the country’s leading carriers, has posted a net profit drop of […]

Paying With Your Face

September 1, 2014

Prediction: within a year after this “much-needed” innovation, some company out there will start allowing folks to make payments with their wiggly bits. You heard it here first. Making payments with your face alone may be possible in China by 2015, Chongqing Morning News reported. Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology revealed on Wednesday […]