China Insights

Can China Continue its High Growth Rate?

The short answer is probably not. Growth in China has already started to slow down from an unbelievable average GDP growth of around 10% through the early 2000s, to just 7.7% in 2013 and it’s set to slow even more in 2014 with a government growth target of between 7 and 7.5%.

While 7% GDP growth is still a lot better […]

The short answer is probably not. Growth in China has already started to slow down from an unbelievable average GDP growth of around 10% through the early 2000s, to just 7.7% in 2013 and it’s set to slow even more in 2014 with a government growth target of between 7 and 7.5%. While 7% GDP growth is still a lot better […]

How Chinese Companies are Creating Footholds in the West

When you think of Chinese brands, how many can you name? Most people will probably be able to manage Lenovo, Huawei, Tsingtao and Alibaba, but after that they might start to struggle. Now think of Western brands. You can probably name hundreds without having to think too hard. So why haven’t Chinese companies, some of the biggest enterprises in the […]

When you think of Chinese brands, how many can you name? Most people will probably be able to manage Lenovo, Huawei, Tsingtao and Alibaba, but after that they might start to struggle. Now think of Western brands. You can probably name hundreds without having to think too hard. So why haven’t Chinese companies, some of the biggest enterprises in the […]

The Truth About Intellectual Property Protection in China

For many years, it was thought that China is where Intellectual Property (IP) Rights go to die. The Chinese have a reputation for being adept at copying any product that has the audacity to enter into the Mainland, as well as some that don’t.

While this may have been the case even just 30 years ago, China is no longer a […]

For many years, it was thought that China is where Intellectual Property (IP) Rights go to die. The Chinese have a reputation for being adept at copying any product that has the audacity to enter into the Mainland, as well as some that don’t. While this may have been the case even just 30 years ago, China is no longer a […]

Badly Behaved Tourists and the Implications for China

The numbers of Chinese tourists travelling around the world is increasing rapidly but with this increased mobility has come a lot of criticism and negative media coverage. Chinese tourists are now notorious in many destinations throughout the world and are perceived as lacking in manners as well as being loud, uncultured and uneducated. This poor reputation has even lead to […]

The numbers of Chinese tourists travelling around the world is increasing rapidly but with this increased mobility has come a lot of criticism and negative media coverage. Chinese tourists are now notorious in many destinations throughout the world and are perceived as lacking in manners as well as being loud, uncultured and uneducated. This poor reputation has even lead to […]

China’s Pursuit of Soft-Power

Xi Jinping’s recent attendance at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, was a landmark event for Chinese Foreign Policy. It was the first time that a Chinese head of state had attended the opening ceremony of a major overseas sporting event. Xi’s attendance was not just a symbol of China’s close relationship with Russia; it was […]

Xi Jinping’s recent attendance at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, was a landmark event for Chinese Foreign Policy. It was the first time that a Chinese head of state had attended the opening ceremony of a major overseas sporting event. Xi’s attendance was not just a symbol of China’s close relationship with Russia; it was […]

The Rise of Shadow Banking

Shadow banking is not a new phenomenon in China, but recently it has been coming under the spotlight because of the relationship between shadow banking and soaring local government debts.

The term ‘shadow banking’ refers to banks and finance companies who offer high interest loans to companies and local governments. 70% of all trust loans given in 2012 were attributed local […]

Shadow banking is not a new phenomenon in China, but recently it has been coming under the spotlight because of the relationship between shadow banking and soaring local government debts. The term ‘shadow banking’ refers to banks and finance companies who offer high interest loans to companies and local governments. 70% of all trust loans given in 2012 were attributed local […]