Category Archives: China

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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1111 – Is it Singles Day again already?

Watching a secondary holiday having been ‘born’ is seldom compelling. Most of the holidays on the U.S. calendar were created before I was born. I know there’s a Grandparent’s Day (I had no idea when and looked it up – … 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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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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Russia’s gambit is an opportunity for China and the U.S to get cozier

During the Cold War most Americans viewed the U.S.S.R. and China in a similar vein.  There were memes such as ‘Better Dead than Red’ depicting the ideologies of Socialism and Capitalism as being juxtaposed.   When the Soviet Union dissolved in … Continue reading

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Singles Day in China and the future of Chinese brand development

Earlier this week you might have heard about China’s incredible ‘Singles Day’ sales of not quite US $6 billion that occurred this past Monday 11-11.    Alibaba (full disclosure a recent client) has promoted this ‘holiday’ since 2009.  Last year on Nov. … Continue reading

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