Weekly Roundup: Direct Flights to Taipei, China’s Thirst for Oil, China Eats the World, & 10 Sourcing Tips

Monday, June 16, 2008 15:18
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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!

Beijing, Taipei agree on direct weekend flights
While I have yet to make this trip, I have plenty of friends and business acquaintances who are cheering this on.. and I agree that it is a huge step. Not just a sign of better relationships, it will also benefit those who shuttle between Taipei and the mainland.

China’s thirst for oil:
this paper provides an excellent analysis of China’s relationship with oil. The first half was more relevant for me in looking at the business side, and the structures of energy, but the second half is something policy people will find interesting as well. Definitely a document I would say people need to read if interested in understanding the greater macro/ sustainability picture of China.

China Eats the World: How America Learned To Bike And China Learned To Drive

Alex Pasternack has put together a very interesting article on recent WWF report looking at China’s footprint. Alex is someone that I have read previously on Treehugger (of my favorite sites. period.), and he highlights a very interesting point.. that as Americans are selling off their car and jumping on the bus, their Chinese counterparts are doing all they can to get behind the wheel… that as American realizes it has a problem with overconsumption, China is now coming to understand the environmental costs of its development. An excellent piece.

 

10 tips to better China sourcing
While there are now plenty of guides, websites, and blogs devoted to this topic, I thought I would follow the golden rule of advertising and continue to beat the message into readers heads. Author’s best points: #2 Go Direct and #8 Trust, but Verify

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