Weekly Roundup

Thursday, September 27, 2007 19:37
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While I have had more time this week to catch up on writing, there are still a lot of stories that I cannot tackle for lack of time, or experience… but that doesn’t mean they aren’t important… so, here is a list of items that I think everyone should take 10 minutes out and read through.

China no longer exporting deflation / Rising prices expected to pose inflationary danger for Japan, world economy, China inflation near 11-year high , and Higher Prices to Hit Americans as Labour Costs, Demand Rise in Asia
While many Americans are discussing lead toys and product failures, there is another more serious discussion beginning to occur, and it is one that is far more serious. The discussion relates to the rising costs in China, and how that will filter back into the wider global economy. For years, foreign companies and governments were able to benefit from China’s reduced cost base, but with the RMB depreciating, the VAT rebate being reduced, and raw material prices continuing to increase, it is clear that some of the cost advantages once found in China are fading away.

Boycotting China? Good luck
Written by Sara Bongiorni, this Op-ed piece in the LA Times questions the recent calls for boycotts from various members of the U.S. Government – Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) were mentioned. What makes this article even more interesting is that Sara’s claim to fame, and her pillar of credibility, is that she is the writer of the now imfamous book A Year Without “Made in China”: One Family’s True Life Adventure in the Global Economy .

E-Waste: Dumping on the Poor

[youtube width=”425″ height=”335″]http://youtube.com/watch?v=EXzsqTFwV3Q[/youtube]

Narated by Michael Zhao, this video shows introduces an interesting project that was carried out to see just where do all the electonic gadgets we toss out go. While brief in nature, this project highlights one of the most important issues that companies are facing in China and around the world. WASTE. It is backd up by the websute eDump that shows the multiple steps and persons involved in recylcing eWaste. As China’s residents are becoming more and more aware of the environement problems they face, it will only add to the mounting pressure firms face in China to clean out the backside of their supply chains.

Academy maps out China’s strategic energy plan and China cannot completely free energy pricing now – state planner
Energy in China is critical to the ability of this country to continue growing and achieve “harmoneous society”. China has gone from being an oil exporter to one of the largest importers in a matter of 5 years. There are still shortages in Guangdong during the summer, and recently Southern parts of China have been importing coal from other countries because China’s domestic rail network is over capacity and cannot reliably feed the south.. Energy, production and conservation, will become critical issues to everyone in China…. from the average Zhou to GE.. and while it is difficult to see the progress, China is at the forefront of many alternative energy technologies and is one of the largest market for sustainable energy products (wind, hydro, and solar).

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