Chinese residential housing prices are increasing rapidly, which according to Bloomberg China, is related to a lack of confidence in other forms of business investments. The stock market is underdeveloped and stagnant; the bond market is in it’s infancy; and the return on bank deposits is only marginally outpacing inflation. In the wake of this… Continue reading Shift in Housing Demand
China is vast and to govern it all under a single unified set of policies is difficult given the diversity of geography, traditions, and lifestyles. There is a false vision of a unified, and uniform, china that stretches from the coast to the Himalayas, but in reality there is a brad spectrum of lifestyles within… Continue reading “The mountains are high and the Emeperor is far away. “
Bouncing back from one of an economic downturn, China is reportedly experiencing an increase in their manufacturing activity. “The Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) was at 50.9 in March, up from 50.1 in February, official data showed. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.” Even though these reports are looking promising for China, economists point out many… Continue reading Manufacturing Conditions Improving
In its latest effort to decrease signs of official corruption, China’s new leadership is focusing on high profile, military officials’ perks–their rides.
Hopes that China’s stock markets have finally shed their multi-year losing streak may have been dashed again. Since February 6, just before China’s New Year holiday the Shanghai Composite Index has slumped 5.6 percent. This followed an encouraging 20% rise in the couple months since the market reached a dismal four-year-low last December.
As Xmi (X-mini), a “high-quality mini speaker” is being sold at a much cheaper price by the Chinese, Ryan Lee, owner of the China-based company that produces Xmi, believes that the only way to fight these counterfeits is with rapid, unmatched innovation. Most China-based manufacturing companies now have plants that have split up components among… Continue reading Beating Counterfeits with Innovation
Chery is China’s ninth largest automaker by sales according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, a semiofficial auto-industry group. Within a crowded market where margins are relatively thin, China’s car sales rose 4.3% in 2012, below 8% industrial officials were expecting. In Hessler’s Country Driving, we all read about Chery cars, but what is… Continue reading Chinese-Israeli Venture Launches Premium Car
China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) is responsible for investing $3.31 trillion worth of foreign-exchange reserves. According to an article by the WSJ, SAFE is showing a new willingness to take significant direct ownership stakes. In the past, the foreign-exchange reserves have relied on ultralow-yield assets such as U.S. government bonds. So why is… Continue reading China Invests in U.K. Property & Infrastructure
Cybersecurity company Mandiant Corp. this week published a report on a series of cyberattacks on U.S. companies back to Shanghai. But these reports have been hacked as
Well, I hope everyone’s watching Super Bowl tonight! I’m watching it, just for an excuse to get myself some Buffalo Wings! Besides, Super Bowl ratings may drop this year, according to Adgate. Why? Because growth has maxed out. How should growth be maintained then? By attracting more viewers. Who are the viewers? People! Where are… Continue reading Ready for Super Bowl tonight… China?
In China, 70% of lakes and rivers have been polluted by power plants and chemical, paper, and textile factories. As a result of these industrial and agricultural expansions, Chinese consumers are concerned about water quality. They’re turning to bottled water as a safer alternative and that’s boosting Nestlé’s bottled-water sales in China. Sales of bottled… Continue reading China’s Unsafe Water is Nestlé’s Opportunity
This past week in Beijing, China air pollution levels reached levels of “hazardous and beyond index.” This is not only a problem in Beijing. Across the country there are several cities with dangerously high air pollution levels. Experts credit this to the colder winter that has led to more coal being burned. Even before the… Continue reading China’s Air Pollution reaches record levels
Jan 20, 2013 11:01 AM ET Following 4th Quarter growth numbers for the Chinese economy, economic expansion in 2012 was recorded at 7.8%, the weakest expansion rate since 1999. Though for the past twenty years, China has recorded an average annual expansion rate of over 10%, with its highest growth occurring in 2007 at 14.2%,… Continue reading Population Decline Eats at China’s Economic Recovery
China is surpassing the US to become the world’s largest smartphone market. Apple has planned to make China it’s key market. But HTC has had similar plans too. HTC’s market shares dropped by a significant percentage in North America and Europe after a patent lawsuit with Apple Inc., but China proved to be the least… Continue reading China to be a key market for HTC?
While reading Country Driving, it becomes apparent that traffic laws are not the same in China as they are in the U.S. and residents of China have a different attitude towards driving than residents of the U.S. The author describes many instances of bribery that occur within the city and how accidents among vehicles are… Continue reading Traffic Laws in China