China Policy Institute Blog

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 …

City Commercial Banks grow amidst economic slowdown

Written by Michael N T Tan. Although the Chinese banking industry in general has posted continued strong growth in 2012, the signs are for a slowdown in 2013. City Commercial Banks (CCBs) which form one of the more important lenders to SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises) showed strong growth in bank assets of 27.7% year on year …

Watches and cuckoo clocks – the tick-tock of China-Europe relations

Written by Stephen L. Morgan. What is it about Europeans and Chinese? Or rather, what’s rattling each of their cages at present? Trade relations have been at the heart of some pretty heavy words and precipitate actions that do little for the mutual understanding or prosperity of either.  Of Europe’s 31 global trade disputes that …

Going global ain’t easy

Written by Stephen Morgan. Big Chinese companies face tough scrutiny when they go overseas. None in the past year has had it tougher than the telecom giants Huawei and ZTE Corp, ranked globally the second and fifth largest telecom equipment firms in the world. Huawei in particular has copped it badly. Politicians in Australia, Europe and the USA …

Avoiding mutual confusion between China and other countries

By Kerry Brown. In the last year alone, I’ve attended conferences in 22 countries, addressing issues about China. They’ve ranged from India to South Korea, to Estonia, Slovenia and Canada. I’m writing this in Brazil.  A new phenomenon I’ve noticed is conferences in which, pointedly, representatives from China are not invited, but where the theme …

China stepping into global business regulation

by Qianlan Wu. When it comes to doing business with China, for many, checking relevant laws and regulations may not necessarily stand at the top of the to-do list. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce’s decision  to reject Coca Cola’s attempt to acquire Huiyuan in 2009, however, seems to have sent out a different message.     The …

“Four Dimensions” of A Chinese Family Business in the UK and Beyond

by Bin Wu. It is not common for a Chinese Studies Seminar to attract so many academic staff and students to learn about an overseas Chinese family business. The speaker was Dr. Chen Mingliang, the owner of Omega Travel Group (Omega thereafter). Established in 1996, Omega consisted of two staff, one full-time, his wife, and …

China’s business schools must contribute more to the needs of industry

By Mike Bastin. China’s higher education system, and its business education in particular, continue to produce record enrolment figures. However, the report challenges the quality of the education provided, especially at China’s business schools. Worryingly, the report points to a clear disconnection between education content and business needs. It is this apparent yawning gap between the country’s …

Drogba goes to Shanghai but Nan Yong and Xie Yalong go to prison – What future for Shanghai Shenhua and the Chinese Super League?

By David Netherwood and Mike Bastin. Didier Drogba, the man who scored the winning penalty in one of the world’s most revered club tournament finals, UEFA Champions League final, is moving teams from the blue of West London for the blue of Puxi. The rumours of his arrival have been circulating ever since his ex-Chelsea …

A Bright future for the Chinese food and drink industry: Guang Ming buys Weetabix!

By Mike Bastin. The international expansion of Chinese companies and their brands is now one of the most influential trends across the global business environment. My research and training within Chinese companies over the last 10 years has revealed a huge surge in confidence, ambition and determination to conquer global markets. The Shanghai-based Bright (‘Guang …