Category Archives: Business in Asia

Why it’s more important now than ever to help build trust between U.S. and Chinese businesses

It’s not only because the leaders of the two countries are promoting Nationalist agendas. In the 3 years since I last visited China, Chinese President Xi Jinping has consolidated his power, which was further enhanced by his actions at the … Continue reading

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U.S. luxury retailers want to go out for Chinese

This past Tuesday morning I attended an interesting session at the SUNY Confucius Institute for Business in midtown Manhattan. I was invited by my friend and colleague Michael Zakkour of Tompkins International (who is co-author of the 2014 book China’s … Continue reading

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Some Angel and VC investors are averse to cold water

This past Monday evening I attended my fourth NYC Silicon Dragon event hosted by Rebecca Fannin of Silicon Dragon.  Rebecca (author of the 2011 book Start-up Asia ) always puts together an interesting program and she conducts these programs all … Continue reading

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Three things that could derail Alibaba’s master plan

Having had Alibaba.com as a recent client (helping them in the U.S.), I have had several years to watch its development.  A couple of years ago I visited the campus in Hangzhou which is both one of the oldest as … Continue reading

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China will have to be known for high quality products

Last summer I wrote about the idea that few Chinese companies have embraced a dedication to making best-in-class products.   In my many visits to factories in China over the past five years I was almost universally asked about quality control … Continue reading

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Try in-store buy at home vs. buy at home pick up in-store

The recent news regarding Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.com’s U.S. $692 million investment in Chinese department store operator, Intime Retail giving it a 25 percent stake in the company is quite possibly a watershed event in the marriage between online and … Continue reading

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How will Americans handle not being #1 in so many categories?

The 20th century has been termed the ‘American Century’ by pundits.   There are plenty of good reasons for this notion such as having had the largest economy (this crown was gained around 1900 from Great Britain), the largest military by … Continue reading

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