Oprah Time: What Does China Think? by Mark Leonard

Reading Time: 1 minute What does China think? sounds like a major subject area which would require a huge volume to discuss. Leonard’s book in comparison is little more than a pamphlet which I managed to sit down and read cover-to-cover in a little over three hours during the Christmas period.  I was first switched on to Leonard’s writing by […]

Keeping it gangster with Jingjing

Reading Time: 2 minutes Hong Kong is familiar to many westerners as a backdrop for gangster films from Enter the Dragon to Jackie Chan’s Police Story, PTU and the Infernal Affairs trilogy. In fact, the society is much more organised and less violent than the likes of the UK, even the housing projects in Aberdeen don’t really compare to […]

Chinese brands going global

Reading Time: 1 minute Chines brands going global was covered in an interesting Brandchannel article about the challenges that they face. This is particularly acute when they enter western markets. The article is good, but doesn’t cover the recent BenQ – Siemens disaster that took out one of Europe’s pre-eminent mobile phone manufacturers at the time. More details here  […]

Blog Post 800: Internet freedom is relative

Reading Time: 4 minutes A couple of stories came to my attention this morning, first off today’s New York Times magazine has an indepth feature about the challenges that China presents to Internet companies seeking a Chinese audience. Google’s China Problem (and China’s Google Problem) by Clive Thompson is balanced and well written. There are some interesting aspects to […]

China Out in the Cold

Reading Time: 1 minute China’s hegemony in terms of their success in securing access to resources such as oil and gas licences now mean that western company wins are major news. The latest round of licences for developing Libya’s oil and gas reserves have been split between the US and European interests. (registration required for washingtonpost.com).  This is in […]