China Insights

What China’s Microblogging Boom Means for Business

Microblogging has been growing in popularity all over the world and no more so than in China where, in 2012, there were over 500 million registered users of microblogging sites. This was no mean feat considering microblogging only really started in China in 2004 and didn’t take off until web portals Sina, 163 and Tencent came onto the scene in […]

Microblogging has been growing in popularity all over the world and no more so than in China where, in 2012, there were over 500 million registered users of microblogging sites. This was no mean feat considering microblogging only really started in China in 2004 and didn’t take off until web portals Sina, 163 and Tencent came onto the scene in […]

How will the Third Plenum Affect Business in China?

The Third Plenum, held between the 9th and 12th of November, is a meeting of China’s leaders in which future policy direction is discussed and decided upon. These meetings have historically been the catalysts for radical reform and many international politicians and businesses around the world have been closely monitoring announcements concerning the Third Plenum. Although initial publications have only […]

The Third Plenum, held between the 9th and 12th of November, is a meeting of China’s leaders in which future policy direction is discussed and decided upon. These meetings have historically been the catalysts for radical reform and many international politicians and businesses around the world have been closely monitoring announcements concerning the Third Plenum. Although initial publications have only […]

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 […]