China Policy Institute Blog

Where is China’s Textile and Apparel Industry Going?

Written by Sheng Lu and Marsha A. Dickson. China is well known as the largest textile and apparel (T&A) producer and exporter in the world, yet China’s T&A industry is also under-going tremendous restructuring and transformation. This article intends to shed light on the broad landscape of China’s T&A industry in the years ahead. Capturing where …

Chinese Characteristics: The Next Big (Export) Thing?

Written by John Hartley. In my research field of Cultural Science, the role of ‘we’ and ‘they’ groups in organising knowledge is seen as crucial. Knowledge is rarely neutral. ‘Ours’ is trusted, thick with meanings that bind ‘us’ together, and applicable to all situations, while ‘theirs’ is untrusted, possibly threatening, and not in the least applicable …

Shanghai Tang: China’s Aspiring Global Fashion Brand

Written by Jonathan Schroeder, Janet Borgerson, and Zhiyan Wu. How do Chinese brands draw upon what we call ‘Chinese brand culture’ in order to create distinctively Chinese fashion? Earlier this year, the Metropolitan Museum in New York hosted its annual Costume Institute exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass, which examined 500 years of Chinese influence on European luxury …

Chinese technological development: Too open to the world and in the wrong way?

Written by Andrew Tylecote.  It is widely agreed that ‘latecomer firms’ (LCFs) and their economies should catch up through cooperation (‘linkage’) with what Mathews (2006) calls ‘incumbents’. The cooperation revolves around the sourcing of incumbents, and their technology licensing: they buy goods from, and sell technology to, LCFs. This creates a sort of ladder upwards; first …

One Year of Modi Government

Written by Pravakar Sahoo. High inflation, dwindling growth, low investor confidence, and policy paralysis in the years before the 2014 general election resulted in high expectations from Indian industry, investors and the people at large: everyone looked to the new government, led by Prime Minister Modi, to ease their pain and bring the economy back on …

China’s move to entrepreneurship – will the private sector continue to grow?

Written by Andrew Atherton. China has seen a leap in registrations of private businesses since it streamlined procedures to register businesses in May 2014. Is this a sign of a jump in entrepreneurs starting their own businesses, and if so what challenges and opportunities do they face? This short piece looks at the emergence of …

The Second Surge of Private Business in China

Written by Xiaohong He. The re-emergence at the grass-root level of entrepreneurial development in villages and towns across China has been the driving force for the state’s economic miracle. As of March 2013, there are over 13 million domestic firms in China, 11 million of which were private business, amounting to 80% of total economic …

The Significance of New Company Registration Policies in China

Written by Keming Yang. In March 2014, China’s State Administration of Business and Commerce (SABC) announced a series of new policies aimed at easing the process of registration for new firms. They were made public first on 7 February 2014 by the State Council as a framework for reforming the policies on registration and the …

Learning from Kunshan: Work safety management in China

Written by Bin Wu. On the morning of the 2nd August 2014, a huge explosion in a factory broke the peaceful environment in Kunshan, one of most economically successful cities in China and the winner of the UN-HABITAT Scroll of Honour Award in 2010. Equally important, it has also drawn the public and media’s attention …

What next for the Dollar and RMB? Seeking Clues in the US and China’s Past

Written by Niv Horesh. London’s grooming as the launch-pad of the RMB, China’s currency, into becoming the next global reserve currency may merely be on the drawing board. Yet, coupled with the recent fiscal shutdown in the US, some insecurity about the long-term future of the US$ could perhaps be felt for the first time …