The China Way, Solar’s Future Potential, Pointing Fingers, and Expensing Lunches in China

Tuesday, December 4, 2007 1:37
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“The” way vs “a” way (Japan v China dept) and James Fallows Turns On His Television Set

James Fallows putes together an  interesting of how things are done in Japan vs. China. In seeing the China picture, I just wonder if consuming jet fuel on a regular business qould qualify oneself for workers comp… and if something were to go wrong ,do they blame the foreigner holding the can of jet fuel?

As a follow up to that, Paul Midler over at the China Game, puts together an interesting commentary on Fallows.  Its post that I can identify with, and anticipate seeing more of as Old China hands look to clarify things (perhaps reframe is a better word) that are written about China from people who are FOBs, or whose experience in China is still lacking substance.

Solar PV in China
Lately, I have been spending a lot of time looking at sustainable development in China. the need for balance, the current solutions on the market, the waves of the future, and what all that means. For me, the most tangible area I can see where one can get involved as an investor, manufacturer, or as a consumer is in the energy sector, and more specifically the Solar sector. It is a sector that has huge growth potential, it is a sector that has had fantastic stock returns, it is a sector where China is a leading base of manufacturing, and it is a sector where China is a leading consumer… and Greenpeace has put together a great update on the Solar PV sector (PDF here)

Dangerous Chinese products – Who gave them to us?
Overall, I would say that I have done a good job of avoiding the topic or product safety lately (even with another recall from Mattel). However, I was happy to see this Youtube clip where Outsidetheschoolbox gets on camera and questions who is really behind these recalls, and who should be to blame.

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Grabbing at Receipts
Josh puts together a fantastic post over at Cup of Cha about the claiming of receipts in China. I have personally spent more time on this than I can to think, and in the end I was probably better off just finding another contract rather than reconcile a few hundred RMB worth of receipts…

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