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Archive for June, 2008


Why Western Employers Are More Attractive To Many Chinese

China is a nation of entrepreneurs, and according to statistics, has 85 million businesses compared to the US’s 25 million. Considering that China has about four times the population of the US, the proportion is about right. These numbers reveal that China is in fact, not a socialist nation, but is instead one which has [...]

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How Chinese Society Is Changing

The west never seem to tire of telling the Chinese, especially Chinese government, about how China should become a more open society, and the Chinese never tire of telling the west to shut up and stop interfering in China’s internal affairs. The great irony is that for the most part, both sides agree on one [...]

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Why China Is Really Annoyed At US Policies

This is pretty self-explanatory. Investors who bought notes due February 2018 on March 17, just after the Fed helped arrange the bailout of Bear Stearns Cos., have lost 6.2 percent, according to Bloomberg data. The 10-year note, at 4.25 percent, yields no more than the inflation rate, leaving investors with real returns near zero. Consumer [...]

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Interfering In Another Country’s Internal Affairs

“Interfering in another country’s internal affairs” is a routine mantra often used by Chinese government spokespersons, and is used most often when pointed at the US and US critics, especially with regard to human rights policies. On the surface, this makes a lot of sense, especially with regards to generally ignorant US politicians, movie stars [...]

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The PR Problem for Chinese Online Public Relations Firms

Several days ago, Sam Flemming of CIC, a Shanghai-based online reputation management company pointed me to a news article on Business Week called “Inside The War Against China’s Blogs”. The article specifically highlighted a company called Daqi.com (in Chinese the name means “Big Flag” which has a certain nationalistic appeal), and cited a case in [...]

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Getting The Dragon Right

On June 11, I attended an event in Beijing where Jack Perkowski, author of the book Managing the Dragon talked about his experiences doing business in China and on the Chinese economy. He also keeps a blog where he talks about China-related topics. In March, I had read the book and wrote an online review [...]

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A Hard Look At Microsoft’s Performance

In a final closeout post on his blog, MSFTExtremeMakeover takes a hard look at MSFT’s performance over the past eight years. The picture which emerges is not pretty, but it’s true.

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Apple Closes The Loop On the Competition

Feature Comparison Chart   Apple Microsoft Blackberry Nokia Adobe Rich Internet Applications Dashboard and iPhone Apps Silverlight 2.0 None None Flex/Media Player/Flash Player Push-sync to Mobile MobileMe/Microsoft Exchange (iPhone only) ActiveSync/Microsoft Exchange (Windows only) For email For email only None Push-sync to Computer (Corporate) Entourage (Mac only) Microsoft Exchange None None None Push-sync to Computer [...]

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Poverty Numbers As A Chinese Social Stability Indicator

Seeking Alpha has an interesting article The Power of the Market: 600 Million People Lifted Out of Poverty Since 1981. The article comes with two graphs, one of which is above. This shows that there has been a gradual fall in numbers of poor since 1981, but there was a bump in the years from [...]

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Honey, You’re Looking Old

In 72 hours, more than 600,000 persons in China, and 6-7M persons worldwide, are going to turn to that little something dearest to them and say those dreaded words, “Honey, you’re looking old”. I’m not talking about their spouse, I’m talking about something they normally spend far more time with: their iPhones. Within 72 hours [...]

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