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  • Burgeoning Populations

    It is widely recognised and accepted that, despite the harsh reality of China’s ‘one child policy’, the World was spared a major catastrophe by the amazing foresight and decisiveness of China’s leaders at that time (in 1979) to control the size of their burgeoning population. Even so, as is well…
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  • Spoilt for Choice

    The future of China's retail market is all about e-commerce. Online consumers in China are already spoilt for choice in terms of platforms, products, electronic payments and same-day delivery, and new innovations are being launched literally every day. Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, China was placing huge emphasis on the…
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  • Buyer’s Remorse

    I am much enjoying reading Geoff Raby’s book, "China’s Grand Strategy and Australia’s Future in the new Global Order" which provides fascinating perspectives on China’s place in the world and its relationship with other countries, particularly the US and Australia. It's a ‘must-read’ for readers of China Bites who are…
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  • Farewell to the Rat

    Being born into a middle class British family in 1960, I didn’t realise the significance of Chinese animal signs until much later, in 1987, when I moved to Hong Kong and learnt about Chinese culture, numbers, symbols, Feng Shui and other superstitious practices. However, looking back, I don’t remember anything…
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  • Extremes

    I know I’m not the only one looking for signs of a dramatic improvement in the US-China diplomatic relationship in the early days of President Biden, and with an experienced new team in the White House. The previous administration pushed against China to an extent that had never been imagined…
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  • Doubling Up

    I’ve often thought that we spend too much time worrying about what China thinks of other countries (especially the one we happen to live in!) when the stark reality is that the health of their domestic economy, and the wellbeing, prosperity and safety of their own people, occupies at least…
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  • USD32.5 trillion

    USD32.5 trillion is a big number by any measure. It’s more than the size of America’s economy (measured by GDP as just over USD20 trillion) and is the total of all bank deposits held in China, currently earning an interest rate of 1.5%. You would have to think that at…
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  • Chinese New Year Greetings

    With the first day of Chinese New Year coming up next Friday (12th February) this would be a great time to start preparing to send a suitable greeting (in Chinese) to your Chinese friends, partners and clients to let them know you’re thinking of them at this important time of…
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  • Intellectual Property Protection

    Following on from yesterday’s issue regarding innovation, it’s timely to read of China’s ongoing commitment to intellectual property protection which comes all the way from the top. According to the South China Morning Post, in a newly released transcript of a speech he made to the Politburo in November last…
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