Weekly Roundup: Olympic Logistics; Expat Mediation Training, Clean Tech’s “China Price”, and Emissions Trading

Sunday, March 9, 2008 23:49
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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 chosen to highlight as each are quite interesting, they are all relevant, and there are issues within each that I think you the reader should be aware of.

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!

Schenker is committed to zero failures at the Olympics and China’s Olympian Infrastructure Plans

Not sure if you heard, but Beijing will be hosting the Olympic games this summer, and there is a lot of stuff and people that need to be moved to pull this event off.  In the first article, Yuval Perlman recently told reporters that his firm will not fail as the logistics partner. As you can imagine, that is a tall order, and the article already shows where one of the major risks will be… the amount of passenger traffic may make shipping cargo from the new Beijing terminal difficult.  The second article takes an investment angle on it, and the author does a great job of running down the various modes of transportation, the amount of cash that has been thrown at each, and which companies have benefited from this orgy of Olympic spending.

Expats Solve Problems the Chinese Way
China is not without its issues, and the term “China Day” is bound to end up in Websters at some point, so it comes as no surprise that when an issue at an expat popular development arose… whitey sprung into action. What I love is that the article somehow suggests that expats lack the ability to mediate, and that it is through their time in China that they have learned to do this effectively…yeah, and Al Gore is the father of the internet!

Clean energy only matters when it meets ‘China price’
As you know from my writing on Crossroads, and to a certain extent through some recent content here, sustainability is something that I have been working on and am very interested in.. so when Khosla speaks, I was listening. Until he mentions that for something to be successful it must meet the “China Price”. Sure, to a certain extent it must, but I am starting to get a little edgy when everything boils down to one’s China play, angle or price. Some things just need to work without considering the “China price”.

Emissions Trading in China

The role of China’s development and its impact on the environment has been well covered, and over the past 6 months I have been looking into sustainable development trends, technologies, and companies to understand to see just what solutions are coming to market. So, when I saw this article, I knew it would be interesting.. and I suggest anyone interested in clean tech, carbon trading, and the like take a look at this article. It is quite interesting because readers are given a glimpse behind the scenes to see that initiatives are coming to market, but that before they can there are some regulatory hurdles to clear.

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