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China’s Other Electric Vehicle Industry

While the global automotive giants struggle to find a winning formula for electric vehicles (“EVs”), approximately 100 manufacturers in China have already identified a large potential market undiscovered by the traditional players. The common problems faced by EV automakers — high cost, driving range, and the availability of charging stations — are not issues for [...]

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2014 Predictions: How Did We Do?

It’s that time of the year again — time to look back on the previous 12 months and assess how we did in terms of predicting the course of events in China. But first, let’s set the stage. At this time last year, China had just announced a 60-point reform plan that was described as [...]

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Happy Thanksgiving to All MTD Readers

Having lived in China for the past 21 years, one question I’m frequently asked is: “What about the United States do you miss most?” For my wife and me, the answer to that question is easy—the holidays. On the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day, when everyone in the States is taking a [...]

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New on Managing The Dragon: Podcasts Featuring MTD’s Jack Perkowski

Managing The Dragon is very pleased to begin presenting podcasts, featuring MTD‘s Jack Perkowski discussing important businesses issues of the day, in shows produced either by MTD or when Jack appears on other popular podcasts or radio shows. In this first installment, Jack talks with Wade Taylor, host of wsRadio.com‘s “China America Business and Lifestyle Show,” about [...]

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Happy Thanksgiving to Managing The Dragon’s Readers

Having lived in China for the past 20 years, one question I’m frequently asked is: “What about the United States do you miss most?” For my wife and me, the answer to that question is easy—the holidays. On the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day, when everyone in the States is taking a [...]

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Feeding China’s Population

Food — providing enough of it at acceptable levels of quality and at an affordable cost is shaping up to be one of China’s most challenging problems. Lax quality control, production shortcuts, urbanization and rising consumer spending are all combining to turn the spotlight on China’s food supply chain, creating problems, but also opportunities, for [...]

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Private Equity In China: Too Much Money, Too Few Deals

Private Equity In China: Too Much Money, Too Few Deals

When I was in the auto business, the statistics published by the Chinese government said that there were approximately 2,500 components companies in the country. Those of us in the industry, though, knew that this number only counted the firms that were registered with the government and vastly underestimated the number of companies actually making [...]

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Environmentalism Comes to China

Environmentalism Comes to China

Over the weekend, the Xinhua News Agency reported that authorities in eastern China have cancelled plans to build a waste water pipeline from a paper mill run by Japan’s Oji Paper Co. Ltd. (“OJIPF”) after thousands of people gathered in Qidong, a coastal city of more than 1 million people across the Yangtze River from [...]

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China Leads the World in Renewable Energy Investment

China Leads the World in Renewable Energy Investment

According to a recently released United Nations report, global investment in renewable energy reached a record $257 billion in 2011, a 17 percent increase from the amount invested in 2010. Globally, renewable energy covers approximately 16.7 percent of energy consumption. Of this share, modern technologies such as solar and wind accounted for just 8.2 percent, [...]

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Why Nexen is Different: The Politics of Supply

Why Nexen is Different: The Politics of Supply

Earlier this week, CNOOC Ltd. (NYSE:CEO), China’s largest offshore oil and natural gas explorer, announced that it had agreed to pay $15.1 billion in cash to acquire Canada’s Nexen Inc. (NYSE:NXY) in the biggest overseas takeover by a Chinese company. The price tag that CNOOC put on Nexen represented a 61 percent premium over the [...]

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