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  • Beyond “Clean and Green”

    For many years, countries with a reputation for offering products manufactured in a “clean and green” environment were given a free pass into China. Not any more. As I said in my recent article for Inside FMCG magazine (Oct 2020), “it’s clear from recent research that “clean and green” is no longer…
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  • Reflections on 2020 – Michael Harding

    Every Friday I plan to share some of the stories, comments and reflections on this crazy 2020 year received from friends, colleagues and fellow China-watchers. Here is the first, from Michael Harding, an Australian living in Guangzhou:“This year, I have been in Guangzhou, China the entire time. Before COVID19, and during…
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  • Positive Sentiment

    Following on from previous issues pointing out the recent rise in China’s investment markets (see Buy China?, Free Flow, Investing in China and Mega Trend), the FT reports that "the onshore-traded renminbi has strengthened 8.4% against the greenback since the start of June to RMB6.585. The currency is up more than 5.7% in 2020. China’s…
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  • Boosting the Birth Rate

    Following on from yesterday’s issue, Population and Productivity, it's interesting to read about China’s new commitment to boosting its birth rate and addressing its rapidly ageing population. The Chinese Government has shown itself capable of controlling many things, but can it encourage/motivate/command hard-working and stressed-out married couples to produce more children?China’s…
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  • Population and Productivity

    With the world entering The Fourth Industrial Revolution, and becoming increasingly reliant on telecom and IT services, the size of your population and the level of productivity are the two metrics that are likely to matter more than any others, meaning that China and India are destined to become the two…
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  • Hope and Reality

    My friend, Jeremy Oliver, a long term Australia-China wine expert, has provided a helpful summary of the current position for Australian wine brands in China under the title of Hope and Reality and I hope you get a chance to read it. Whilst not yet accepting that China is by any means…
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  • Consumer Trends 2021

    McKinsey have recently released their China Consumer Report 2021 titled UnderstandingChinese Consumers: Growth Engine of the World which, as usual, offers some great insights and, at 158 pages long, is packed with relevant facts, data, statistics, graphs and ideas for the future. It's well worth reading. McKinsey China identify five key consumer trends for…
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  • Historical Baggage

    The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (‘RCEP’) Agreement signed on Sunday has received a lot more attention and interest than I would have expected. People who don’t normally show any interest in geo-politics and trade deals have asked me about it, pointing to headlines like "World’s Biggest Trade Deal" and the…
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  • Client v Partner

    I think we all understand the terms “Client” and “Partner” in relation to business relationships but how do they relate to countries and trade? Here are some thoughts. A Client relationship is transactional. One party buys from the other based on a contract, agreement or understanding. As long as both…
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