Weekly Roundup: JVs in China, SZ Labor is Standing Up, Iphone on Hold, and White Mans Burden

Monday, January 21, 2008 8:32
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With so much going on in China, and only a limited amount of bandwidth, I have created this weekly post to highlight articles that I feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting.

This week there are 4 articles that I have put into the mix, and it begins with a look at joint ventures in China, Shenzhen’s labor problems, Apple’s failed iPhone deal, and foreigner guilt.

Each are quite interesting, they are all relevant, and I hope you enjoy the articles

If you have an article that you feel needs to be mentioned, please do so in the comments section. We all have different areas of interest and bandwidth, so I hope you will take some time and post those articles!

Danwei to danwei: Get lost!
Known best for his efforts at Danwei, Jeremy Goldkorn has shared some of his nuggets of knowledge on the AMCHAM daily website. Having experience partner discussions 4 separate times over the last 2 years, I share many of Jeremy’s thoughts. however, I think a few more need to be added. Like, if you are going to partner with someone or another entity, make sure you are clear about roles, responsibilities, capabilities, and expectations…. more often than not, where I have seen partnerships go bad it is because something got lost in one of those four areas.

Disgruntled workers on the move
Hand in hand with hyperdevelopment comes change, and for China that means that has meant that with development and mature markets has come rising costs of doing business. In the south, more than anywhere else, one of these costs (labor) is duscussed more and more, and this article highlights a study the labor conditions in the Guangdong labor market. Tough Taiwanese managers, and crappy pay aside, the trend that I have seen more and more is simply that opportunities in other provinces are better for migrant workers and they are choosing to stay within their home provinces.

China Mobile Eats Apple for (i)Breakfast
Everyone has probably heard the news that Apple pulls China iPhone release and China Mobile and Apple Call Off iPhone Negotiations… and all I can say is DAMN. Sometimes when egos get in the way, it is the customer who really losses out, and in the end, I am just hopeful that after a cooling period that cooler heads will prevail.

Being a foreigner, the ticket to privilege?
Lucy Hornby writes an insightful piece at Reuters about the privileges foreigners have in China, and at what cost. With 6 years in China, I can safely say that there are times I take a bit of privilege from it, and I fully recognize that there is power in being a “foreigner”, but it is important to remember that being a “foreigner” does have baggage too.

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