Weekly Roundup: Greenpeaces Opposes IPO, Giving China a Break, China Wary of More Ag Investment, WalMart Pushes Green

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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.

Greenpeace opposes paper firm IPO
For those who are watching the development of China, one of the most interesting facets is the development of the NGO sector in China and the increasing role they are beginning to play.  Where this is important to traditional investors in China is simply the fact that the environmental void created China’s history of poor enforcing its environmental standards is now begin filled by eNGOs who are gaining support at many levels.  If you are interested in learning more about this, there is more coverage at Crossroads

Should We Give China a Break?

The last week for China has been a PR nightmare, and lip syncing, fake fireworks, faux minority kids were only the start to what many of us in China has been little more than the continuation of the Great China Witchhunt.  One interesting article that I found was by John Pmfret when he asked if the press should give China a break.  It is a pretty good article that I think that could be broadened to a number of other events where China was hammered.

China Edgy Over Internationals in Its Agriculture

China Stakes is one of my favorite sites on China business, investment, and macroeconomics, and this article is a nice followup to the discussion we had in July over the Doha talks breaking down.  The last paragraph of the piece pretty sums it up nicely:

Liu Xiaorong, researcher in a large state-owned oil company appealed for the restraint of overseas companies entering into China’s agricultural area. “How can we control our own fate if our 1.3 billion people must be fed by foreign companies?”

Wal-Mart Details Green Marketing To Suppliers

There are few firms in the world with Wal-Mart’s supply chain complexity, and over the last couple of years they have been working to reduce efficiencies and reduce their footprint… and it is clear to me that if they really are serious, that they will be perhaps one of the single largest drivers of “greening” consumption

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