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Workers wearing face masks rope a container ship at a port in Qingdao, Shandong province, China February 11, 2020. Picture taken February 11, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS

The Boom after the Bust

Successful long term investors know that the time to invest in any asset, stock or market is during a time of crisis. It's been proven over and over again. And after at least a decade, if not more, while we’ve found it hard to negotiate in China due to high ...
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School Days

Following on from yesterday’s China Bites on the topic of “Diversity”, please forgive me for indulging in this opportunity to show you one of my favourite photographs, taken a decade ago of my daughter, Martha, with her friends at Abbotsleigh School on the Upper North Shore of Sydney. She’s the ...
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Mega-cities in China

I don't need to tell you that, in 1980, China looked very different to the way it does today. It was basically an agricultural society, 80% of the population lived on the land and many of today's cities were just small rural villages. But, as you can from this infographic ...
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Changing of the Guard

If you needed any more evidence of the increasing influence of Asian countries as we head deeper into the Asian Century, look no further than this year’s Academy Awards ceremony which saw the Korean movie “Parasite” sweep the Oscars, winning the prestigious awards of “Best Picture”, “Best Director”, “Original Screenplay” ...
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Digital Refugees

It’s well known that one of China’s biggest challenges is the “ticking demographic time bomb” of its aging population. China now has 249 million senior citizens aged 60 or above, 17.9% of the country’s total population and, by 2050, this will rise to 587 million, which is about one-third. 60 ...
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Tea or Coffee

The growth of Starbucks in China, a country known for its obsession with tea (‘all the tea in China’) is nothing short of amazing. When I first heard that Starbucks was planning to open a new store in China every day for the next five years, I started worrying about ...
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People and Productivity

It’s generally accepted that building an economic super-power involves expanding your population and increasing productivity. Jim O’Neill, who invented the ‘BRIC’ acronym back in 2001, recognised the growing importance of highly populated countries, particularly China and India but also Indonesia and Nigeria, who were in the early stages of reform, urbanisation and industrialisation ...
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Adventure Tourism

Whilst its generally known that Chinese tourists are generally seeking different holiday experiences from westerners (who are more likely to enjoy lying around beaches, resorts and restaurants for weeks at a time) I didn’t realise how fast they have moved from a desire to “be pushed out of their comfort ...
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Cultural Cringe

When I grew up in the UK in the 60s and 70s, I remember British people complaining about the spread of American culture. In those days, we said “Hello” not “Hi”, we were corrected from saying “Yeah” instead of “Yes” and only the most rebellious kids got away with wearing ...
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How to communicate in china 3 top tips by david thomas

Boost your communication skills in China with 3 simple steps

Anyone who has had any experience of doing business in China will tell you that, despite common perceptions and assumptions, the greatest communication challenge is not usually caused by language differences. Direct V Indirect Communication Whilst of course you are always going to have a big advantage if you can ...
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