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Back to Normal

At yesterday’s ACSME webinar on-the-ground live stream interview with Michael Harding, direct from Pazhou New Village in Guangzhou, we learnt so much about ordinary life in China today and I can’t wait to show you the brief highlights package we’re putting together which will be ready to view on Monday ...
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A Deep Niche

It’s widely accepted that in order to position your product appropriately in a crowded, populated and noisy market like China, you need to carve out a "Deep Niche". The narrower and deeper the niche, the better. And with such a large population available, and such vast diversity between the age ...
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Doing the Research

When I started helping companies do consumer research in China in the early 2000s, I have to admit it was pretty much a ‘hit and miss’ affair. The information available from public sources (which you could access in English language on Google) was very primitive (high level statistics only supplied ...
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Fast Forward

McKinsey in China have done a typically good job of highlighting some of the pre-existing consumer trends in China which have only accelerated as a result of COVID-19, and are now placed on “fast forward”. See Fast-forward China: How COVID-19 is accelerating five key trends shaping the Chinese economy These ...
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Live from Guangzhou

Wherever you are in the western world, you’re having your views on China tested and challenged by the constant barrage of media commentary and political analysis which seems to get louder and louder each day.It’s easy to forget that in China, a country of 1.3 billion people, the life of ...
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Driverless

I don’t know exactly when I’ll be able to go back to China but I’m pretty sure that, when the time comes, I’ll have the option to travel in the back of a driverless car.According to this video from the WSJ, Why Self-Driving Cars Are Getting a Boost In China, it ...
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Dragon Ashley

I have recently got to know Ashley Galina Dudarenok, a fearless young Russian entrepreneur who shares my passion for China and has built her own digital marketing agency in Hong Kong. She is also an engaging and entertaining speaker. She recently introduced me to her TED talk with the alluring ...
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Mind the Gap

It’s been a while since I’ve studied the list of the top 10 countries in the world, as measured by GDP, and I was surprised to see that India has now overtaken the UK to enter the top five economies at the end of 2019, before the anticipated economic contraction ...
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Benefit of Hindsight

In recent days, I’ve found myself studying JFK’s actions and reactions over the 13 days of the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962, a period which found the world on the brink of nuclear disaster and which, by all accounts, brought out the best in a young US President who ...
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Let’s talk?

As a regular reader of China Bites, you’ll know that I have a broad range of views when it comes to China’s place in the world today, it’s relationship with other countries in the areas of trade, investment and business, and the opportunities for entrepreneurs, SMEs, investors and business leaders ...
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New Adventures of Mulan

In our household, we’ve been looking forward to watching the new Disney movie, Mulan, and saving up to pay Disney’s US$30 premium ticket, and the plan is to watch it this coming weekend. Of course, many people know the story of Mulan from the original Disney cartoon version in 1998 ...
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Who wants to be a millionaire?

When I attended the CKGSB CEO Program in China last year (seems like a decade ago now!), one of the highlights for me was the lecture in Beijing from the Founding Dean of the CKGSB Business School, Professor Xiang Bing, who covered a lot of ground over 3 hours and ...
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China or Bust

I enjoyed appearing on the new SME TV show, hosted by my old friend, Angela Vithoulkas, alongside Kevin Zhang of digital marketing agency, ConnextX in which we discussed the opportunities for Australian SMEs to do business in China right now. I hope you get a chance to watch the whole program by clicking ...
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Bubs in China

This year of Covid keeps throwing up more and more strange contradictions. With all of us stressing about the Australia-China relationship and worrying about economic coercion, decoupling and trade disputes, recently listed Bubs Australia has, according to Food and Drinks Business, “completed a share placement, raising $28.3 million to go towards its expansion ...
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The Silicon Valley of Asia

Of all the amazing changes that have taken place in China over the past 40 years, the rise of Shenzhen from a small fishing village in the 1970s to a high tech powerhouse with an economy which is now larger than Hong Kong is perhaps the most remarkable. Since 1979, ...
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5G Machinery

The rollout of 5G in China is already throwing up some interesting possibilities, including the opportunity for crane and machinery operators to do their jobs without having to leave home. See Miners in China work from home using 5G-enabled machinery to do heavy liftingAccording to CCTV "5G technology enables workers to ...
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MOUs

There seems to be some confusion about the role, scope and purpose of an MOU (or Memorandum of Understanding). I’ve signed many MOUs over the years with Chinese investors, partners, associations and companies and I’ve found them to be a very useful step in the process of reaching an initial ...
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Roaring Back

The words "never under-estimate the Chinese" were ringing in my ears when I read this report from the New York Times saying "China Inc. has come roaring back. After reopening in late February and early March, China’s factories began an export blitz that is still gaining steam. Exports soared in ...
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