Weekly Roundup: Development of China’s West, Is the RMB Really Getting Weaker, China’s Struggle to Innovate, & Single Mom’s in China

Tuesday, April 8, 2008 10:28
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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 3 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!

China’s West is Rising
throughout my coverage of China’s regions, I have always asserted a few facts: (1) China’s West historically was limited by not having an easily accessible export market, (2) That the domestic economies of this region were growing and would be attractive, and (3) that export markets would present themselves in different ways than the East Coast. So, for points 2 and 3, I suggest you read Used FDI in China’s western regions increases and In Going West, Consider Local International Trade. I have been working on a much larger posts (becoming a series) related to the West, but I have found both of these to be very timely and well written.

A RMB that isn’t appreciating cannot be killing you …
Brad Setser writes a very interesting piece on the RMB, and how it is the fall of the dollar that is killing you… not the RMB. to be honest, I am not sure the textile manufacturers who seem to be getting a lot of attention lately care why they are getting killed, but Setser’s post is important as there are a number of policy implications to consider.

Trying to carry the torch: China’s struggle to innovate
China Sourcing Blog has put together an interesting roundup on China’s struggle to innovate. They have incorporated a lot of opinions (including mine) to present what is the current landscape of China’s innovation, the steps it is/ has taken, and where it all leads.

Single Mom’s in China
While not a “business” piece, as someone raised by a single mom for much of my life, I thought this piece was quite interesting as it shows some of the cultural barriers many still face in China… and how some of these stigmas were present when I was growing up.

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One Response to “Weekly Roundup: Development of China’s West, Is the RMB Really Getting Weaker, China’s Struggle to Innovate, & Single Mom’s in China”

  1. Elliott Ng says:

    April 8th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Hi, I also thought the Brad Setser post was really interesting. Michael Pettis’ views are worth looking at too. We posted about both here:
    http://cnreviews.com/elliott_ng/links_on_rmb_appreciation_and_rmb-usd_exchange_rate_20080330.html