Weekly Roundup: Dont’ Blame Free Trade, Difficult Energy Conditions Ahead, Walking a Fine PR Line in China, and China’s Electronic Car

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 1:38
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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!

Worried About a Recession? Don’t Blame Free Trade
While hosting a meeting last week, someone made the comment that the US public is not so much afraid of China.. they are wary of the role of free trade and globalization. Certainly understandable if your company has moved to a foreign country, but globalization does not explain it all.. and it is not the only reason. and this article (h/t 3plwire) written by Daniel Griswold at CATO is an excellent read.

Power supply for summer peak complicated
It is still not peak season, the Olympics are 62 days, and there is a line 0f 200 motorcycles down the street waiting for gas… Energy in China is a topic that I am keeping a constant vigil on. China is having to make some really difficult decisions, and when the earthquake happened.. we gained another look into just how precarious the energy issue is in China, and this article offers some interesting

Ads Walk a Fine Line After China’s Quake ( WSJ Subscription Needed)
A topic that I will be discussing later this month with CSR/ PR executives, managing one’s external communications has never been so important in China. Many individuals and firms have found themselves on Iron Rooster (cheapskate) lists, and this piece by Jason Leow does an excellent job of exploring this process. I apologize for it is a subscription piece, but if you email me I think I can forward a copy for you to read without breaking any copyright agreements.

Clean Machine
Returning to a hypothesis I was projecting last year (that China would be a leader in the creation and production of electric cars), I found this article in Forbes very interesting. For me, it all gets down to motivation. American car manufacturers are only recently getting serious about the markets for electronic cars, but China has been very active in the research and development of batteries for everything from laptops to cars.. and my bet is that in the future, GM will be buying the heart of their cars from China.

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