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    Archive for August, 2007


    Alibaba Chooses Google Over Baidu For Main Advertising Partner

    Alibaba has chosen Google China as its main advertising platform partner for its online advertising service Alimama over Baidu. Alimama provides roughly the same advertising campaign targeting and service delivery capabilities to advertisers as Google’s Adword service worldwide, with the biggest difference being that Alimama is targeted at the Chinese domestic audience. Alibaba had been [...]

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    China’s Quality Problems Are Just the Tip of A Global Iceberg

    The China products’ quality scandal has continued to snowball, gathering momentum in both the US and China. In China, Wu Yi, the Chinese government’s main fixer, has been appointed consumer safety head. Wu Yi has had an excellent reputation as a tough negotiator, representing China in the WTO negotiations, and later took over as health [...]

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    Why Most US Market Entries Fail in China

    The consulting industry in China is flourishing. After all, it is the largest potential single market in the world, and everyone is flocking to it. New companies need information and advice about how to tackle the unique challenges of this market. For any MBA who is fluent in Chinese, or who has grown up in [...]

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    Chinese Language Requirements, the HSK, and Senior Positions in China

    Until very recently, Chinese language qualifications were not considered a deal-breaker for senior positions in China. For the most part, US and European employers assumed that a person of Chinese extraction had some degree of fluency in Chinese, and could communicate with other Chinese in China. This all changed when Goldman Sach’s proposed appointment for [...]

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    Getting Past The “China Market” Hype

    If there is one thing which never ceases to amaze me, it’s the sheer number of overseas investors seeking entry to China, who have a hard time seeing past the most basic facts and figures about the size of the Chinese market. Most of these firms are American, which are, generally speaking, more addicted to [...]

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    China Sets US Interest Rates Now, Not the Fed

    This is the opinion of Paul Craig Roberts, who previous served as Assistant Secretary of Treasury during the Reagan administration, and is often quoted as the “father of Reaganomics”. (You can read the Wikipedia entry about him here.) Recently there has been discussion about China’s threat to use the “nuclear option”, or and basically destroying [...]

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    “So What Do Chinese Food Prices Have to Do With US Markets?”

    Actually, quite a lot. Today’s US stock market tumble of 287 points highlights the dangers of the expanding subprime mortgage backed securities problem, which is now expanding into international markets. In the period from 2000 to 2006, US regulators failed to put a check on the issuance of these derivatives, creating an enormous amount of [...]

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    Site Feed Address Changed

    I have just switched to Feedburner to manage the feeds for this site, so if you are using a RSS reader, please subscribe to it using the following address: http://feeds.feedburner.com/chinavortex/mKwn

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    Visualizing the Internet and Online User Behavior

    One the things which has been interesting to me are visual maps of the Internet, which show the main websites, and usually, how much traffic they attract. One of the leaders in measuring Internet usage all over the world, and in Asia-Pacific, is Comscore, which recently prepared a report on Asia-Pacific Internet usage. Today, we [...]

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    Online Ad Exchanges Are the Next Stage of the Long Tail

    Microsoft’s recent purchase of online ad market platform AdECN Exchange highlights the rise of neutral ad market platforms as a new venue for the buying and selling of ads between content publishers and advertisers. Online ad market platforms represent the next stage, or second generation, of ad networks. The first generation was represented by Google [...]

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