Archive for the ‘The Big Picture’ Category

Reimagining China’s Cities

Friday, November 15, 2013 7:22 Comments Off on Reimagining China’s Cities

Regardless of whether or not you are a regular reader of China Dialogue, the recently released Reimagining China’s Cities is a MUST READ. At 411 pages (200 English / 200 Chinese), this is report has brought together dozens of experts (foreign and Chinese) on their thought about where China is headed, and the corrections that […]

This was posted under category: The Big Picture Tags: , , ,

GSK “Led” Scandal Fallout Smacks Entire Industry Across the Face

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 6:00 Comments Off on GSK “Led” Scandal Fallout Smacks Entire Industry Across the Face

There is NOTHING, and I repeat, NOTHING like having an executive open up at a conference about a crisis their industry is following. Particularly when they are attempting to make their company look better than the “others”, try to justify why it was “industry practice”, and then lament that all the back doors to “diffusion […]

This was posted under category: Going to Market, The Big Picture Tags: , , ,

Lung Cancer Rates in Beijing up 50%. Breathing Blamed

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 21:06 Comments Off on Lung Cancer Rates in Beijing up 50%. Breathing Blamed

This morning’s article from the Telegraph (Lung cancer rates in Beijing are up by 50 PER CENT (but officials claim it’s due to smoking NOT the smog), leads with some very sobering bullet points about the crisis that is air quality in China. Lung cancer rates in China’s capital have doubled in a decade Officials […]

This was posted under category: The Big Picture, Uncategorized Tags: , , ,

Intent and Growth Reductions Won’t Solve Smog.

Thursday, November 7, 2013 16:05 1 Comment

With Northern provinces already beginning to feel the bite of winter, the next few months are going to prove interesting for China as the air grows thick with pollution. There have already been reports that the air is growing thicker, with Harbin  being the worst to date, but as I have been discussing over the last […]

This was posted under category: Invest in China, The Big Picture

When PMI hits 233. Even Professors Engage!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 21:04 Comments Off on When PMI hits 233. Even Professors Engage!

You know that things are getting interesting when a professor sends an email to the administration urging them to take measures to protect students, and the administration replies with The air quality today is really bad —- this is very unfortunate and everyone does not want this. The school is contacting the local Environment Protection […]

This was posted under category: The Big Picture Tags: ,

China is Top Spot for (Single) Expats

Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:12 5 Comments

The latest HSBC Expat Explorer rankings are out, and you’ll never guess who took first place.  That’s right…. CHINA!! China’s #1 China’s #1 China’s #1 Which, given all the issues that North China has had with smog, concerns over food safety, and a tightening of visas, may have come as a surprise for some, but […]

This was posted under category: The Big Picture

I Don’t Give a PISA How Well Shanghai Students Test.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 6:54 6 Comments

Tom Friedman has done it again. He has visited China. He has written an article (The Shanghai Secret). He has stirred the hornets nest. An article he wrote after he visited “some of the highest- and lowest-performing schools in China to try to uncover The Secret — how is it that Shanghai’s public secondary schools […]

This was posted under category: The Big Picture, Uncategorized Tags: , ,

China’s Global Foodprint. Anyone Else See a Problem?

Sunday, October 27, 2013 5:09 4 Comments

While recently reviewing some notes on China’s growing foodprint, I came across a presentation written by Daron Hoffman (formerly of Rabobank) that contained a chart that I think highlights the size of China’s effect on the world food market. It is a graphic that I think deserves serious thought as: (1) Ghis represents China today, […]

This was posted under category: The Big Picture Tags: , ,