Chinese coffee market perks up

daxue_coffee_starbucks-1024x768Could China, traditionally a tea drinking nation, one day become the largest market for Starbucks coffee?

Its a question that western businesses operating in any area of China’s consumer market ask themselves of course. But it has a particular interest for coffee companies simply because the drink is so alien to most Chinese. (continue reading…)

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Chinese construct more deals in UK

manchesterBeijing Construction Engineering Group  is coming to the UK. Manchester, to be precise, to help build  an £800m urban regeneration project near Manchester’s airport. It is the latest example of China’s growing  interest in the UK’s infrastructure and utilities sectors. (continue reading…)

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China gets tough on customer data

data_protection-280x300China’s consumer boom has also created a boom in trafficking in personal data. US business information firm Dun & Bradstreet reportedly was fined RMB1m and had four of its Chinese employees jailed earlier this year for buying the personal data of Chinese citizens. (continue reading…)

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Hershey finds sweet spot in China

Could this be a precedent? The Hershey Company, famous to US readers for its eponymous candy bars, is bringing to the US a line of confectionery that was originally launched in China. (continue reading…)

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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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The end of cheap China

usbcStill think China is a cheap place to do business? Think again. US businesses operating in China complain that getting — and keeping — talented employees is their biggest headache and this is reflected in soaring wage inflation. (continue reading…)


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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How to play China’s pollution fears

china-pollution3Where some see problems, others opportunities. The record level of smog  that cloaked Beijing earlier this year sparked a turnaround in the mindset of Chinese consumers, that fund managers should not ignore. (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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Testing times for Chinese consumers

china-pollutionEnvironmental concerns are growing in China but people also concerned about the less-visible consequences of the country’s breakneck growth in recent years, such as growing inequalty and food safety.

According to a  recent report by Pew Research, the Chinese are increasingly concerned about the quality of the country’s air and water. (continue reading…)

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