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Electric Cars: A Review of 2014

Electric Cars: A Review of 2014

Every year, approximately 88 million trucks, buses and passenger cars are produced worldwide. While the vast majority of these vehicles are powered by an internal combustion engine, the power source of choice for autos for the past 100 years, there has been much speculation about the role that electric vehicles might play over the next [...]

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Health Care: A Trillion Dollar Industry In The Making

How many times is a trillion dollar industry created? Not very often. After all, a trillion of anything is a very large number. To put it in perspective, only the largest 15 countries in the world had a Gross Domestic Product greater than $1 trillion in 2013. However, no less an authority than McKinsey & [...]

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China’s Anti-Monopoly Drive In Auto Parts

Over the past year, China has launched anti-monopoly drives in sectors as diverse as pharmaceuticals, baby formula, technology — and now auto parts — arguing that many foreign companies have been using anti-monopolistic practices to over-charge their Chinese customers. China’s National Development Reform Commission (“NDRC”), one of several Chinese government bodies that investigates monopoly actions, [...]

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China’s Growing Food Problem/Opportunity

Feeding China’s population of 1.3 billion people is a difficult task even under the best of circumstances. Securing enough food for its people, however, will be even more difficult for China in the years ahead due to a number of factors, including increased competition from a growing global population, the reduction of the country’s agricultural [...]

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The ‘Ownership Scare’ In China’s Auto Supply Industry

The automotive supply industry has been one of the most unregulated industries in China, with the industry becoming progressively less regulated over the past 20 years. While there are increasing regulations regarding emissions, safety, warranties and other areas that impact suppliers, ownership and other corporate governance rules have been among the most liberal in the [...]

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China Auto Update: 2014 First Half

Despite a slowing economy, China’s auto industry sales were strong during the first six months of the year. Passenger car sales registered a double-digit increase of 11 percent to 9.6 million units during the period as consumers continued to flock to dealer showrooms. The slowing economy did have an impact on the commercial vehicle market, [...]

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The Dream of Exporting China-Made Cars to the United States

The ink wasn’t even dry on articles hailing the potential of China’s automobile market when China’s car makers began to dream of the day when they could sell their China made cars to the United States. While this dream has proven to be elusive, despite the ambitions and efforts of Chinese car makers to make [...]

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China Leads In Renewable Investment—Again!

China Leads In Renewable Investment—Again!

Every opportunity — and every problem — in China is big! There is no such thing as a small opportunity, or a small problem, in the world’s most populous country. That is certainly true when it comes to environmental and energy issues. With more cars on the road every year and increasing demands for power [...]

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The Price Of Fighting Corruption In China

Ever since President Xi Jinping announced his anti-corruption drive in 2013, there has been a steady flow of anecdotal evidence suggesting that fighting corruption in China is having a very real economic impact on the country. Everyone in China was somewhat amused to hear earlier this year that luxury hotels were actively trying to downgrade [...]

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In China, Cash is (Still) King!

Over the past several months, stories that China is running short of cash have become prevalent. For example, a recent Wall Street Journal article featured Xie Daoliang and the financing issues faced by his company, a Chinese manufacturer of bulldozer treads for heavy machinery. A U.S. capital goods company looking to enter China asked for [...]

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