China Insights

The Rise of E-Commerce and Online Shopping in China

China has the world’s biggest online population with over 130 million broadband accounts and online retailing bringing in over $190 billion in sales in 2012. The Chinese E-commerce sector has seen a rapid increase in recent years, particularly outside of the top tier cities where physical retail areas are still widely underdeveloped.  The E-commerce sector encompasses the sale of tangible […]

China has the world’s biggest online population with over 130 million broadband accounts and online retailing bringing in over $190 billion in sales in 2012. The Chinese E-commerce sector has seen a rapid increase in recent years, particularly outside of the top tier cities where physical retail areas are still widely underdeveloped.  The E-commerce sector encompasses the sale of tangible […]

The Growth of Green Technology in China

China often gets a lot of negative press about the environmental problems it faces. Most notably, in recent months, the levels of pollution affecting the North East of the country have received a lot of negative coverage. There is also no denying that China is the world’s largest producer of greenhouse gases but, when it comes to developments in the […]

China often gets a lot of negative press about the environmental problems it faces. Most notably, in recent months, the levels of pollution affecting the North East of the country have received a lot of negative coverage. There is also no denying that China is the world’s largest producer of greenhouse gases but, when it comes to developments in the […]

The Development of China’s Special Economic Zones

China’s Special Economic Zones (SEZ) are areas in which foreign and domestic companies can trade and invest without the same control and regulations from Beijing as other parts of China (Britannica.com). These areas are designed to encourage overseas investment in China and boost the country’s economic growth.

SEZs were first developed in 1980 as part of Deng Xiaoping’s drive to open […]

China’s Special Economic Zones (SEZ) are areas in which foreign and domestic companies can trade and invest without the same control and regulations from Beijing as other parts of China (Britannica.com). These areas are designed to encourage overseas investment in China and boost the country’s economic growth. SEZs were first developed in 1980 as part of Deng Xiaoping’s drive to open […]

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Scandal and Bribery in China Explained

The GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) scandal has brought to an international audience’s attention something that is common knowledge in China; that bribery and corruption are widespread in this powerhouse country. Examining the GSK case provides an insight into why some Fortune 500 companies are engaging in unlawful practices in China.

Although it has improved over the past few years, China’s legal system remains […]

The GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) scandal has brought to an international audience’s attention something that is common knowledge in China; that bribery and corruption are widespread in this powerhouse country. Examining the GSK case provides an insight into why some Fortune 500 companies are engaging in unlawful practices in China. Although it has improved over the past few years, China’s legal system remains […]

What China’s Twelfth Five-Year Guideline Means for Businesses

China’s Twelfth Five-Year Guideline was released on March 14, 2011, the latest in a series of one of the remnants of a Communist style planned economy. As a guideline for China’s economic development and future, it is important for both Chinese and multinational firms to incorporate the government’s plan in their business strategies. By understanding the Five Year Guideline, businesses […]

China’s Twelfth Five-Year Guideline was released on March 14, 2011, the latest in a series of one of the remnants of a Communist style planned economy. As a guideline for China’s economic development and future, it is important for both Chinese and multinational firms to incorporate the government’s plan in their business strategies. By understanding the Five Year Guideline, businesses […]

Why Western Marketing Strategies Fail in China

In recent years, China has become the beckoning land of opportunity with scores of international companies trying to break in to the Chinese market. As China’s economy matures, it becomes enticing, no longer for its cheap labor but rather for its growing consumer market. In the coming years, it will only become more important. China’s rapidly expanding middle class is expected […]

In recent years, China has become the beckoning land of opportunity with scores of international companies trying to break in to the Chinese market. As China’s economy matures, it becomes enticing, no longer for its cheap labor but rather for its growing consumer market. In the coming years, it will only become more important. China’s rapidly expanding middle class is expected […]