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Chinese anti-malware tough sell in west

nqmobileWould you trust your business to run security software made by a Chinese company? That’s the challenge facing NQ Mobile, China’s biggest mobile-phone security company, which is now  attempting to break into the US market. (continue reading…)

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Small is beautiful and electric too

They may not have the glamor or the speed of Tesla, but China’s little-known low-speed electric vehicles easily outnumber the hyped US electric car.

Shandong Province has long been a home to various manufacturers of low-speed electric vehicles, such as the Shifeng Diandongche (pictured), which is made by the Shifeng Group . (continue reading…)

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Hi-tech brain drain or opportunity?

Should western workers fear China’s rise as a hi-tech nation? The question is topical as Alcatel-Lucent, the struggling French telecoms manufacturer, has  just announced 10,000 job cuts, the latest round of losses in an industry that has seen the rapid rise of Chinese competitors. (continue reading…)

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Dongfeng woos Peugeot again

DFMLogo.gifEurope’s car industry is still stuck in reverse gear and the European market is predicted to contract for its sixth consecutive year.  So why would China’s Dongfeng be interested in investing in loss-making French carmaker Peugeot? (continue reading…)

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Lenovo sustains CSR leadership

lenovoLenovo, the HK-based PC manufacturer, has once again been selected as a constituent stock of the 2013 Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index (HSCSI).  (continue reading…)

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ChinaSoft to open FTZ shop

chinasoftChinaSoft International, a Chinese IT solutions and outsourcing provider, plans to create a regional HQ in Shanghai’s new Free Trade Zone to get closer to the financial institutions that will make FTZ their home.

At least 11 financial firms have been given the go-ahead to set up in the FTZ, mostly domestic banks — see this earlier EngagingChina post. (continue reading…)

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Smartphone OEMs look to grow beyond China

coolpadChina is different, particularly when it comes to its smartphone market. Three smartphone brands — Coolpad, Lenovo and Xiaomi —which are unknown to western consumers all managed to beat Apple in China.

According to research firm ABI Research, Samsung retained its leading smartphone market share of 17% in Q2 2013, Lenovo took second with 13%, Coolpad was third with 10%, and Xiaomi edged out Apple with 6.5% share.

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China launches tax rebate for solar power

China has begun offering tax rebates to its photovoltaic panel manufacturers to boost domestic adoption of this clean energy source and support its domestic PV industry, hard hit by tumbling prices and  excess capacity.  (continue reading…)

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China moves up in innovation league

Once, the words ‘innovation’ and ‘China’ rarely appeared in the same sentence. But things are changing fast and innovators in mainland China are gaining rapidly in competitiveness compared with companies in developed economies of Europe, the US and elsewhere. (continue reading…)

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China rethinks growth model

export_vanEngagingChina has always hoped that China would one day realise that its policy of aggressively stimulating its  export-led economy would end in tears if pursued indefinitely. It looks like that day has arrived. (continue reading…)

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