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Apple: Another Lesson on What Not to Do in China

Sometimes, too much success in China can create its own set of challenges. Ironically, the very success that Apple Inc. (NasdaqGS: AAPL) has had selling its products to Chinese consumers may be at least part of the reason why the Cupertino, California company found itself at odds with the powers that be in China in [...]

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China’s Film Industry

Anticipation grew in advance of Monday’s 85th Academy Awards, “Oscar Fever” spread throughout the world, including China. Even though the country had no films in the competition, the buzz could be heard before, during and after the annual Hollywood event. Just 30 minutes into the ceremonies, “Oscars” was the top trending topic on Sina Weibo, [...]

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“The American Entrepreneur” Interview

The interview with “American Entrepreneur” last Wednesday was one of the more enjoyable that I have done. Dave Iwinski, the radio talk show host who is known as the “International Capitalist” and who led the discussion, has run several companies over the years and has had direct experience establishing and managing manufacturing facilities in China. [...]

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Party Foul

Companies thinking about hosting event in Beijing next summer…think again. Recent reports in the Chinese press indicate that from April 30, 2008 – July 31, the Chinese government will “severely restrict” major promotional gatherings, and will ban the events outright from August 1 – September 23 . Though it remains to be seen how the [...]

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China vs. the American Consumer

The last six months have been less than friendly to Chinese exporters and increasingly, it appears that US consumers are forming blanket opinions about the safety and quality of Chinese made products. As the complaints from the US side and the rhetoric between China and the US continue to build, one must question if this [...]

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Harry Potter with Chinese Characteristics

Harry Potter with Chinese Characteristics

I’ll admit it. I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. I preorder books, read them within the first 48 hours, and then again two months later when the magical withdrawal becomes unbearable. I frequent the various Harry Potter blog sites, and am even guilty of watching the ‘behind the scenes’ features on the DVDs. Yes, [...]

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The Dragon Speaks

So how does Public opinion influence businesses in China? Well, looking at the effect of internet users insisting on Starbucks leaving the Forbidden city reported on this site and others, it seems that public opinion has quite an effect on various businesses. Case in point: a Beijing TV posted a story 3 weeks ago detailing [...]

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Perhaps the Web is mighter than previously thought

In a former post, I questioned the effectiveness of the online uprising in protest of a Starbucks in the Forbidden City. However, Starbucks announced at the end of last week that it is closing the shop. The reason stated is that the Forbidden city has decided that it will take over management of all commercial [...]

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