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The JV China Archive is an archive of China-related materials for businesses entering the China Market. You'll find more current material on the Joint Venture China web page, a special service of Silk Road Communications for businesses investing in the China Market. Joint Venture China delivers market intelligence, commentary and analyses that help Western companies succeed in China.

 

 

 

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You will find in JV China Archive:

 

 

 

China Market Views
  • Writers from around the world contribute analyses and experiences about China Trade; 
Society & Economy
  • A collection of articles on major issues that affect China Trade.

Chinese Culture

  • A compilation of useful discussions about Chinese culture and the best ways to build and improve working relationships with Chinese partners;

China Market Toolkit
  • The best links to real-world resources to better navigate the China Capital Markets.
The Chinese Mind and Western Business
  • What Chinese counterparts involved in Western business enterprises value, and how Western managers can make the best of the wealth of energy and ingenuity at hand...

 

China Society and Economy

 

Operational Issues

Firm's Misadventure in China - The dark side of joint ventures. A case study.

Hardship Days are Long Gone (IHT) - "Well-housed and well-compensated though many expats are, they face demands, difficulties and challenges beyond those faced by their U.S. counterparts..." in Beijing.

Pepsi's China Deal in Ruins (IHT; 3 Oct 2002) - What do you get when you cross a soft drinks manufacturer with a local government censor bureau?

Wholesale moves into China (McKinsey Quarterly) - China's entrance into the WTO offers opportunities for foreign wholesalers—and dangers for domestic ones.

Can Chinese brands make it abroad? - The answer is yes, but it won't be easy. (McKinsey Report)

 

Economy

China's Quest for a Role on the World Stage - Audio roundtable discussion about China's emergence into the global sphere economically and politically. (NPR)

China comes of age for foreign companies - 60% of foreign companies investing in China are making a profit from the market. Here's how ...

China's consumer class keeps growing - the world is witnessing the birth of a mass market in China, whose 1.2 billion people hold the promise of consumption on a much greater scale than in the United States. (IHT)

China's Great Change - The world's largest communist party says it's rolling out the red carpet for the entrepreneurs. Is green the new color in China's little red book? (Audio discussion)

China: The Next Big Market Opportunity or the Next Big Bubble? - Will the opening of markets in China be the next great growth market for investors? Or will it implode with a force greater than that of the U.S. high-tech bust of the past few years?

China and the WTO One Year Later  - In the popular imagination, China faces one of two futures: Either it will take over the world or it will go bust. Both predictions are wrong ...

Greater China - How leaders from the mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan are creating an
integrated powerhouse

Ford in China  - Opening car factory in China, Ford aims to narrow a big gap

Trying to Gauge China's Potential (IHT) - Are Western prognostications about China's economic prowess overstated?

Will China Blindside the West? - A peasant family's meteoric rise from poverty to middle-class is a model of how China is returning to the world stage.

 

Intellectual Property

The Pinch of Piracy Wakes China Up on Copyright Issue (1 Nov 2002) Now, even China is combating piracy to protect its own property against its own theives. (NYT)

Chinese Culture and Intellectual Property Rights Confuscian ethics and Communist doctrine make IP a difficult concept for Chinese society to grasp.

'Steal all the software you want, so long as it's ours' (20 Oct 2002) -  Microsoft is prepared to see its precious intellectual property defiled in every way imaginable, just so it can get a toe-hold on the mainland.

Pharmaceutical IP in China  (April 2002) - Right now China is hostile to Pharma IP rights.

 


CHINA MARKET TOOLKIT

 

Corporate Governance

David Webb is the leading voice on the need for better corporate governance in Asia . General topics are financial news behind the scenes. Hard-to-navigate site but links to good corporate governance information worldwide.

 

General Information

Alibaba - The World's Largest Base of Chinese Suppliers

APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Tariff Database

Beijing Olympic Committee Organizing for the Games - The official website with daily updates of the latest tenders.

Finance Wise country-specific links.

China Business World - comprehensive guide to doing business and having fun in China

BBC East Asia Today - daily audio broadcasts on current events in Asia

China Business News Organizer - Search archives for articles on business, society and finance.

China Public Health - Overview of Chinese public health system and ability to attend to public health crises.

Emerging Market Reports - Collection of websites from the Harvard Business School with overviews and analyses on developing markets around the world.

GAO Report on American Investments in China (PDF)

Maps of China - Historical, political and resource maps of China

More China Maps - Historical, political and resource maps of China

Pacific Bridge - Placing returnees in Asia.

China Market Research Reports -Distributed by Tradeport.org.

WHO Website - Day by day update on health conditions worldwide from the WHO website.

 

Finance

Asia ’s Personal Finance Guide - from asset managers, The Allen Perkins Group

Grant Thornton HK Newsletter -  Grant Thornton's latest Insight newsletter explores issues on family business, corporate insolvency, cash flow management in tech companies, and taxation in China.

Matthews Asian Funds - China Funds Performance Numbers

 

Manufacturing in China Lessons Learned

Automotive Components - American Chamber of Commerce whitepaper on a growth industry in China.

China: How Big, How Fast, How Dangerous?- Forbes magazine report on the burgeoning China automotive industry.

The Chinese Plastics Industry - Despite pressures on American producer caused by low cost Chinese companies, China still needs to import 50% of its plastics.

 


CHINESE CULTURE

General

An American Immigrant from China - An interview with China Star TV's Elise Glickman-Rao, who lived in China for ten years before recently returning to live in America.

Beware of Cross-Cultural Faux Pas in China - How to lose business in China.

A Conversation with Ha Jin - An Audio discussion with a Mainland Chinese author who writes in English about the changes in his homeland.

China's Ancient Gardens - If it's a China of traditional streets and teahouses you're looking for, check out Hangzhou and Suzhou.

China's Next Cultural Revolution - Time Magazine coverage of how the changes in China's economy and society are affecting the average Chinese citizen.

China Today - A comprehensive information base on China.

Hangzhou's Nightlife - In addition to the romantic West Lake, Hangzhou is home to lively bands and a rubber disco floor.

HERO - the Movie - Impress your Chinese contacts with a little knowledge about the highest grossing Chinese film in China's history. View the trailer for one of the most beautiful films ever made ...

International Dunhuang Project - A treasure trove of more than 50,000 manuscripts, paintings and artefacts from ancient caves and temples along the Silk Road are going on show on the
web.

Learn Chinese Language & Culture Online - Zhongwen.com

Lonely Planet: China - Website of the famous travel book series.

NBA rookie Yao Ming, apple of advertisers' eyes - If you're looking to charm your Chinese hosts, just mention "Yao Ming."

 

Beijing

Hutong Mirror Old Beijing

Discover the charm of these antique neighborhoods.

Beijing Art Museum of Stone Carving - An ancient temple is restored and houses beautiful art made of stone.

Beijing Hutong Tours - A company that takes tourists through the mazelike alleys.

The Summer Palace in Beijing- Discover the tranquility of the Empress Dowager's playground.

A History of Beijing Architecture - East met West in Beijing long before the 1980s.

 

Changzhou - Read the personal profile of a Changzhou native's hometown; plus links to other sites about about this unique city along the Yangtze River.

Chongqing - Learn about the cultural and economic heart of China's Go West! push to develop the interior of China.

Nanjing - Visit one of the ancient capitols of China. Excellent food and friendly people.

 

Shanghai

A Burst of Western Design in Shanghai - Not just one "West" but many designs rebuild Shanghai.

DD's Club - Don't get Shanghai-ed in Shanghai

Shanghai Guide

 

Tianjin

Tianjin - Learn about the warmth of the people and the history of one of the most economically viable cities in China.

Yangtze River - Read how colorful and varied life is along the longest river in China.

 

 

China MARKET VIEWS

 

Business Structures

The Advantages of Joint Ventures in China - A look at the bright side of all the bad press of a viable business model properly executed.

Establishing Entities in China - How to Get It Right When Entering China (PDF).

Structuring Deals and Operating Companies in China - Case Studies on American Companies Succeeding in China (PDF).

Tax Strategies for Importing to the US and Exporting to China - Business and Tax Models for Foreign Companies Entering China (PDF).

 

Capital Markets

Betting on Growth: Do your Homework! by Diana David - if it's too good to be true, it probably is ...

Despite Government Controls, Optimism for the Future of the Chinese Stock Market -  What the Chinese Capital Markets Have Going for them (PDF).

The Imminent Collapse of the Chinese Economy Has Been Greatly Exaggerated - the Brookings Institute economist Nicholas Lardy tells why the Chinese economy will not be imploding any time soon ... (PDF).

Investing in China's Capital Markets - The Conditions of China's Equity and Debt markets leave much to be desired (PDF).

Viewing Asia's Financial Markets through a New Light by Diana David - the effects of the tsunamis that have washed over Asian capital markets after the calamitous earthquakes on Wall Street.

 

Case Studies

China: Go to the Source for Quality and Profits - Companion article to "Sourcing Products from China."

Disagreement in Chinese-British business meetings - by Helen Spencer-Oatey . "This paper ... explores the disagreement that arose during a Chinese business delegation visit to Britain, and attempts to explain the sources of the problems, with special reference to cultural factors." (PDF)

Dreams of China Green Fields - The Vice President of an American multinational explains why his company "goes it alone" in the China market.

Foreign Investors to Expand Their Operations in China - American Corporate Survey Results (PDF).

The Long March to Brand Building in China - What Chinese Consumers Want in their Products (PDF).

SARS Teaches Businesses a Few Lessons Companies can incorporate the lessons of SARS into their China business development tactics for results that pay off even when the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse seem near.

Sourcing Products from China: Low Barriers Reap Great Rewards - A Case Study of an American Manufacturer successfully outsourcing products from China (PDF).

 

Economics

The Beijing Olympics: Are You Ready to Go the Extra Mile? - Preparations for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing mean more potential contracts for foreign companies.

Catching the Wave: Are You Ready to Enter the China Market? - Western companies have a brief window of opportunity after China's entry into the WTO (PDF).

Go West to Invest - Investment opportunities in China's Yangtze River Valley (PDF).

Logistics and Distribution: Problems and Solutions in the U.S. and China - Considerations When Getting Products in and out of China (PDF).

A Walk on the Risky Side - Ways to Cover Your Assets in China (PDF).

 

Economic Development Zones (EDZs)

A New Kind of Government Official for a New China (pdf) - Meet the new generation of Chinese government official: she's smart, multi-lingual, doesn't smoke, and doesn't much like Chinese banquets...

 

First Person

China's Refrigerator Magnate - A McKinsey Consulting interview with , Zhang Ruimin, the Chairman and CEO of one of the most successful international China-based companies, Haier.

Seven Days in Shanghai by Gerard Bredenoord

A Dutch Chartered Accountant on a business school trip to Shanghai tells why the West has much to be concerned about in coming decades.

Three Weeks in Beijing by Jin Ya. A personal assessment of how Jin Yan's hometown and other parts of China are faring.

 

Human Resources

Faceless in China - How to get respect when doing business with Chinese.

Good Help is Hard to Find, Especially in China - Human Resource Issues When Hiring in China (PDF).

 

Legal Requirements of Doing Business in China

Doing Business in China: Distinguish Business Issues from Legal Issues by May Hao, Esq. - Calculate legal barriers early in your China-negotiations.

Distributorship in China: Conventional Wisdom Inadequate for Unique Legal Challenges, by May Hao - Consider the business ramifications of legal decisions early on to succeed in a complicated and dynamic market.

Legal Issues in U.S.-China Trade - Efforts by the American government to expedite logistics to China in light of security issues.

Licensing and Intellectual Property Rights - The strengths and weaknesses of China's current IP protection regimes...

Trademark Protection In China: Legal And Practical Measures to Help Prevent Loss by May Hao - how companies can navigate the ever-changing Chinese legal system to protect and project their interests in the China market.

 

WTO

A Day to Remember - It's what the Chinese Ambassador to the U.N. had to say that was so different (PDF).

China's pivotal position for the world economy - China has a vital interest in ensuring that the WTO regime is not undermined by rich-poor deadlock. It continues to look to foreign trade and investment to lead economic growth. (IHT)

Follow the Money: Deciphering US-China Relations for Business Decision-making by Diana David- It's what the American Ambassador to China DIDN'T say that spoke volumes ...

Long Yongtu, China's Vice Minister to the WTO - A recent talk by the Vice Minister illuminates the Chinese worldviews that must change for economic reforms to succeed (PDF).

Rules of the Game:WTO Compliance Requirements for China - An Overview of China's Ascension Challenges (PDF).

U.S.-China Trade Relations - The State of China's Progress in Meeting Obligations to the WTO (PDF).


 

THE CHINESE MIND

AND WESTERN BUSINESS

 

"Thanks, But No Thanks": How to Escape the Guanxi Trap - What to do when a Chinese friend wants to help your business.

When a Dry Glass is Bad for Business (pdf) - The difference between North China and South China goes far beyond the greater prosperity of the South. Differences can go as deep as the bottom of a glass of Mao Tai (Fire Water).

China, Face and the Impact of SARS on Foreign Direct Investment - The foreign business community can learn about the role of Face in Chinese dealings from the way Chinese government officials have mishandled the SARS outbreak.

Getting Past the Silence discusses the Chinese cultural trait of hiding one’s feelings during difficulty.

Face: The Facts presents the concept of Face in Chinese culture and its importance to Chinese individuals.

Whither the Groupie? explores the Western stereotype of Chinese as group-oriented.

Ingenuity with Chinese Characteristics is a strong component of Chinese cultural conditioning that involves obviating rules in favour of work-arounds.

Total Quality Management, Chinese Style in Chinese culture dictates finding fault with and correcting oneself before accusing others of shortfalls.

All in the Family: Chinese and Hierarchy in the Workplace describes how and why Chinese observe management hierarchies, and when they don’t.

Stupid is as Stupid Does: How Chinese Respond to Language Barriers discusses how a lack of knowledge of Western culture and speaking English as a Second Language create barriers to Chinese expressing themselves effectively in Western institutions, causing them to refer to their cultural conditioning in times of stress.

The "Model" Minority explains how Western expectations of Chinese as the most exemplary of non-Western groups limits growth opportunities for Chinese in Western companies.

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