Panda Punchers, Chinadependence, China Renewable Hope, and Dezan Shira’s New Book

Monday, November 19, 2007 2:47
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Panda Punchers – Inaugural Edition
Like it or not, China is going to be a major focus (if not the focus) of the 2008 race to the White house and congress. Unfortunately, it is pretty clear that China will be serving as a political kick-me doll for a number of politicians, analysts, and others who really do not understand China, nor the fundamental economics of what has been going on for the last few years. Thankfully, Stan Abrams over at China Hearsay has picked up on this as well and has started a column called Panda Punchers to highlight those who are taking their shots at China… not one to just be a spectator, Stan has a few jabs of his own as well. No doubt Stan is going to be a busy guy for the next 12 months!

Chinadependence: The Second UK Interdependence Report
Western dependence on Made in China goods has a number of effects that the released by the New Economics Foundation, this report was one that was not only interesting, but very timely for me. Over the last 12 months, I have been looking at trade stats, and how often they are skewed to support political policies and positions. However, over the last few weeks I have begun to look at how Western countries have in fact already been exporting their carbons to China. for me, this reports has power because it shows the direct link between outsourcing, the environment, and the growing dependence on trade. It is a topic that is going to grow over time because the Chinese government often points to this very argument when asked to explain why their carbon emissions are now leading the world.

Enough With Climate Scapegoats and Worldwatch Institute releases report on China’s Use of Renewable Energy
I read a statistic once that if China owned as many cars per capita as the US, they would require 90+ million barrels of oil a day (or 6 more than is currently being produced worldwide).. and as consumption increases in China, it is beginning to take a larger share of the pie of resources. However, there are a number of folks here and in the US that are starting to show that it is not China that we need to worry about so much, but the US. That China is in fact one of the largest adopters of alternative energy technologies, and is actually far ahead of many developed nations in terms of reducing their overall carbon footprint.

The Story Of A China Practice
I typically don’t plug a competitor, but Chris Devonshire passed along an advanced copy of his book The Story Of A China Practice which the story of his firm’s15 years. A long time to be in China no doubt, this book is true to Chris’s writing style. It doesn’t hold back much, it has a lot of great stories, and readers will come away with a much better understanding of just how difficult it is in China for an entrepreneur just trying to get his piece of the pie. He will be releasing excerpts on China Briefing all week, and there are some book release events coming up later on as well.

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One Response to “Panda Punchers, Chinadependence, China Renewable Hope, and Dezan Shira’s New Book”

  1. Steve Brown says:

    November 19th, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    Chris’s Dezan Shira book looks interesting – just saw todays reminisencing on the China Briefing link you provided about the old foreign exchange certificates all foreigners had to use instead of RMB, and he has photos up as well. Thats a book I want to buy. Hilarous story about the Surgeon and the plastic penises yesterday! He’s done well.