Archive for the ‘The Big Picture’ Category

GSK Sales off 61% Post-Scandal. Consider it a Down Payment

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 8:21 Comments Off on GSK Sales off 61% Post-Scandal. Consider it a Down Payment

If history is a guide for the future, than GSK (and others) really should have paid more attention 5-6 years ago when SIEMENS was caught up in a similar scandal involving their medical equipment.  Sadly they didn’t and a few months ago when the story broke that they were under investigation, it was clear to […]

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Water Scarcity in China: Urbanization, Food, and Energy

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 1:51 Comments Off on Water Scarcity in China: Urbanization, Food, and Energy

Over the last couple of days there have been a couple of stories about water in China, and the fact that it is/ will be China’s primary limit to growth. As with many stories, they do not have the time to get into the nitty gritty or to present the problem in a way that […]

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Eric X Li. The Face of China’s Soft Power

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 7:12 4 Comments

A couple of years back, Eric Li was not known for being a political scientist, or as a policy expert. but, all that changed when he wrote an article in Forbes defending China’s political model. Since then, he is a regular commentator at international events. A self proclaimed venture capitalist, Eric’s views have proven controversial, […]

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Mouse clicks and Magic Wands Won’t Save China

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 3:16 2 Comments

One of the things that I continue to find interesting about being in China, and having some understanding for how things work, is the enormity by which some simply do not understand China, how it works, or how fast it can act “once the government makes a decision”. The most recent example coming in CNBC’s […]

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Need Some Cheese With that Whine? Western Academics Influenced By China.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 20:31 6 Comments

Regardless of whether or not you believe NYU’s side of the story, one of the most interesting debates that has come of the entire Chen debacle has been the influence of China within foreign academic systems.  It is something that has certainly been seen on other global stages, and I am certainly not surprised that […]

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Somethings Can Only Be Asked in China (Asia?)

Monday, June 17, 2013 1:18 Comments Off on Somethings Can Only Be Asked in China (Asia?)

There are times where even I shake my head at the ridiculous requirements that people get away with here.  Of course, there is the open discussion of age, marriage, and family plans that are apart of interviews… and when submitting a CV, it is not uncommon to see pictures of the applicant to be included, […]

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Harvard’s Free China Studies Course

Sunday, June 16, 2013 22:28 Comments Off on Harvard’s Free China Studies Course

Looking to learn more about China in your spare time? Then I highly recommend you head over the the Harvard Extension Schools’ China: Traditions and Transformations  page and take a look at list of lectures that they have just put online. Course intro: Modern China presents a dual image: a society transforming itself through economic […]

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The Economics of Sustainability Work in China

Saturday, June 15, 2013 19:04 Comments Off on The Economics of Sustainability Work in China
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