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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The future of Chinese brand success in the U.S. will be tied to better – not cheaper

Samsung (from Japan) is one of the most recent examples of a foreign brand that has successfully changed its brand perception in the eyes of many Americans.   The success of the Samsung smart phone has enabled Samsung to sell more … Continue reading

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Ethan Allen – the interesting Asia story of a venerated American Brand

Last week at the Asia Society in New York I attended an event entitled “Ethan Allen CEO – Selling ‘Made in the USA’ to China.   It featured Ethan Allen Interiors CEO M. Farooq Kathwari interviewed by Timothy Aeppel bureau chief … Continue reading

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Expats living in the U.S. and China still seem to forgo a wide world view

I’ve posted that American expatriates living in China have increased my learning curve.     Having met more than fifty U.S.A. born expatriates that now live in China (and even more non-U.S western expats), there are similarities in their view of … Continue reading

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