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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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  • Return to Free Trade

    It's good to see ‘multilateralism and free trade’ returning to the scene after an absence of four years, with the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) last Sunday by the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plus Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand and South…
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  • Building with new BRICS

    Many of my longer term followers will know of my interest in the four "BRIC countries" (Brazil, Russia, India and China) which until recently involved regular opportunities for me to speak at large conferences and on TV, and also led to the organising of memorable study tours to exciting places…
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  • Record-Breakers

    As flagged in last week’s All eyes on Singles Day 2020, Alibaba declared a new record of RMB467 billion for their Singles Day campaign ending at midnight on 11th November 2020 (a campaign which was extended to 11 days this year, having opened on 1st November) and still broke last year’s…
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  • Rule Britannia

    Having lived my early life in the UK before moving to Hong Kong and starting my China Journey, I’ve often wondered why British companies have not had the success in China enjoyed by other countries. I’ve always put this down to the struggles and disagreements of the last 5 years before…
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  • Twisted

    Following up from last week’s issue, Trumped, pointing out that US farmers were experiencing their best year ever thanks to the US China Phase 1 Trade Deal, there is speculation in the media that China will seek to re-negotiate the terms of the deal with the US President-Elect, Joe Biden. The word “twisted”…
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