Weekly Roundup: Into the Unknown, Volvo For China, Regional Economy Over Environment, and China Naked

Friday, January 30, 2009 2:05
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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.

A great migration into the unknown
A very interesting article from the economist on a village (not far from Beijing) and the impact of the current economic slowdown. Perhaps the most interesting statistical tidbit for me was:

workers from villages around Xinji who work in the city’s leather factories remain, technically, farmers. Their wages are therefore counted in the farmers’ net income category. (Xinji, like all Chinese cities, includes an urban area and a much larger rural hinterland.

Does Ford have a buyer for Volvo in China?
Blogging stocks picks up the scent on the path that I have been writing about for a while, that Chinese firms are getting close to buying into the American Big 3. Not the Ford brand, at this time, any of the three firms he mentioned would clearly benefit at the organizational level within China (Volvo has sourcing and manufacturing in China) from the acquisition, and externally through new distribution channels.

Naked in China
Current TV has just loaded up their entire Naked China series, and with only a few days left of the Chinese New Year, I would suggest you spend the time to watch the series. Graphic in nature, and not in the NC17 manner the title may suggest, Naked China looks at China’s meteoric growth, the complexity of the conditions here, and the hurdles moving forward, which given the global meltdown are certainly only exacerbated now.

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