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China’s energy transition 2020-2050.

China’s energy transition 2020-2050.
Decades of rapid economic growth have dramatically expanded China’s energy needs. China is now the world’s largest consumer of energy, the largest producer and consumer of coal, and the largest emitter of carbon dioxide. However strong growth of renewable power is currently the key driver of China’s energy transition.     Projections for 2050 2% to 14% Increase in primary energy between 2018 and 2050 -44% to -94% Decline in coal consumption betw ...

China-UAE Trade Corridor: New MoUs and agreements to boost BRI.

China-UAE Trade Corridor: New MoUs and agreements to boost BRI.
The UAE has set its sights on boosting trade and investment ties with the world's second largest economy – China. While the economic powerhouse of Asia has been a strong market for UAE oil exports, the relationship between the two countries has deepened over the past few years as they find synergies and areas of co-operation in a wide range of sectors that go beyond hydrocarbons. China and the UAE launched a US$ 10 billion fund in late 2015, which focuses on sectors of strategic imp ...

China’s Infrastructure investments to sustain copper rally.

China’s Infrastructure investments to sustain copper rally.
Despite a precipitous plunge in March, the price of copper has risen 7.6% since the start of 2020 and looks set to maintain momentum in the coming months and beyond as China's economic recovery gathers steam. Copper prices plummeted from a high of US$6,270 per tonne in mid-January to a low of US$4,617.50/t in late March after the World Health Organization declared the spread of COVID-19 to be a pandemic but has since recovered to levels last seen in 2018. China's appetite for  ...

China’s EV Startup Xpeng Motors Exports its First Vehicles to Norway.

China’s EV Startup Xpeng Motors Exports its First Vehicles to Norway.
Chinese electric vehicle startup and Tesla challenger Xpeng Motors has exported its first batch of vehicles to Europe, expanding its global presence. It's the first time the automaker is selling its electric vehicles outside of its home country.     Xpeng loaded 100 of its G3i fully electric SUVs on a cargo ship which will be shipped to Norway, which has the highest EV adoption rate. Roughly 75% of all new vehicles sold in Norway are plug-in hybrids of fully-electric ...

Aldi integrating into neighbourhoods.

Aldi integrating into neighbourhoods.
Aldi has become the latest overseas supermarket operator to open stores in China, the 8th was recently opened in Shanghai,  but the German company faces a battle to win over customers in a fragmented market in which foreign operators have traditionally struggled: Tesco and Spain’s Dia abandoned operations in the country and Germany’s Metro is selling its China unit. Walmart and Carrefour have struggled to gain more than a single-digit market share.      ...

Why Hasn’t Apple Pay Replicated Alipay’s Success?

Why Hasn’t Apple Pay Replicated Alipay’s Success?
Even before Covid-19, mobile payment platforms were experiencing a boom in the U.S. and China. Apple Pay (U.S.) and Alipay (China) have radically changed the way people transact, offering secure, contactless payment options through mobile phones. Though both platforms are growing, Alipay is outperforming its U.S. peer: As of late 2019, Bain & Company found that only 9% of American consumers had adopted Apple Pay while 81% of Chinese consumers used Alipay. Given the size difference between ...

European Business in China, Position Paper 2020-21

European Business in China, Position Paper 2020-21
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China has released its European Business in China – Position Paper 2020/2021 (Position Paper). This annual publication delivers to the Chinese Government over 800 detailed recommendations for improving the business environment, spread across 34 industry sectors and horizontal issues. The Position Paper details how persistent issues, such as limited market access and a complex regulatory environment, prevent European businesses from contributing  ...

Substantial changes in China’s protection of IPR.

Substantial changes in China’s protection of IPR.
The country is making the transition from net importer of ideas to net innovator, and as it does, it is finding that good patent laws matter. Whilst addressing the recent Global Trade in Services Summit, President Xi Jinping stated ‘China will work with all countries in enhancing the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) and actively promote the development of the digital economy and sharing economy’. At the end of 2019 the general offices of the Communist Party of Chin ...

Confucianism, consumerism and the pursuit of wealth in a changing China.

Confucianism, consumerism and the pursuit of wealth in a changing China.
Studying and understanding how ancient China viewed consumerism and the pursuit of wealth through the lens of Confucian thought and traditions, and how they impacted modern Chinese society, helps develop a deeper understanding of modern China.     In 2017 at the 19th National Congress meeting for the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jing Pin recognized the influences of his vision for China, saying: the party has been guided by Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng X ...

Chinese Investment in Myanmar: a perspective.

Chinese Investment in Myanmar: a perspective.
Myanmar’s pushback against China, which is trying to widen its influence through the China Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), among other issues has been influenced by Pakistan’s experience in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Sri Lanka's Hambantota Port project. Myanmar’s all-powerful generals have drawn lessons from these experiences and highlighted reservations against the Chinese investment.     The CPEC model, which has led to Pak ...

China How To: Design a website for China

China How To: Design a website for China
Given the capital and time-intensive process of establishing a physical office in China, online channels are a popular option for international retailers and especially SME’s to reach Chinese     consumers. E-commerce platforms such as Tmall are a popular entry point for international consumer brands to test market demand, develop brand penetration and outsource operations, including online payment and customer delivery. Listing on a Chinese e-commerce platform offer ...

3 Trees Group, an Olympic Sponsor

3 Trees Group, an Olympic Sponsor
Sankeshu Paint will serve as the official exclusive paint supplier of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Established in 2003 Sankeshu is part of the Three Trees Group.     Chairman and President of Three Trees Hong Jie, says his company's mission of “making homes healthier and cities more beautiful” connects with Beijing 2022’s concept of “delivering a green Olympic Winter Games”. Sankeshu becomes the seventh official  ...

China's economy has rebounded: challenges ahead

China's economy has rebounded: challenges ahead
China’s economy returned to growth in the second quarter after a deep slump at the start of the year, but unexpected weakness in domestic consumption underscored the need for more policy support to bolster the recovery after the shock of the coronavirus crisis.     Asian share markets and the Chinese yuan fell, partly reflecting the broad challenges facing the world's second-largest economy as it grapples with the double-whammy of the pandemic and ...

Who is funding the China Start Ups?

Who is funding the China Start Ups?
In 2019, 8 internet giants newly invested in over 400 startups in China and overseas. They have become more conservative about investing in B2C & startups since 2018. They eye on the next blue ocean market, i.e. B2B business.   Baidu - invested mainly on enterprise services, and medical & health Alibaba - invested mainly on enterprise services, finance, IT, and media & entertainment Tencent - invested mainly on enterprise services, finance, transport, and me ...

Tesla Gigafactory Shanghai set to produce 100,000 units in 2020.

Tesla Gigafactory Shanghai set to produce 100,000 units in 2020.
It appears that Tesla’s expansion into the Chinese EV market is maintaining its momentum, with data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CPCA) revealing that the American electric car maker has sold 11,041 vehicles last month. Such numbers allowed Tesla to become China’s leading electric car maker in July 2020.     Local reports indicate that the majority of Tesla’s July sales in China were comprised of Made-in-China Model 3, which we ...

Greater Bay Area can be the sandbox for China’s next stage of market liberalization.

Greater Bay Area can be the sandbox for China’s next stage of market liberalization.
By Andrew Lo, Senior Managing Director & Head of Asia Pacific, Invesco From the launch of Stock and Bond Connect to the opening of its financial sector to more foreign investments, China has rapidly liberalized its capital markets with great results.     Yet, the sheer size of China’s capital markets and the complexity of its financial system make opening and integrating with the rest of the world a hugely challenging task. China has traditional ...

Tianwen-1 launches for Mars.

Tianwen-1 launches for Mars.
China’s Tianwen-1 Mars mission launched successfully Thursday, initiating a phase of deep space and interplanetary exploration. A Long March 5 rocket launched the Tianwen-1 orbiter and rover from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center at 12:41 a.m. Eastern. Successful Trans-Mars injection was confirmed around 40 minutes later by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The flight path took the Long March 5 over the Philippines and close to the capital Manila. Spent stages w ...

Shortening Supply Chains: Mexico's Gain?

Shortening Supply Chains: Mexico's Gain?
The 1990s saw a dramatic shift in manufacturing from sites in North America to sites in developing China. At that time, Chinese labor costs were minuscule, and the economy provided seemingly limitless workers. But that was then. Now, we see a shift in the reverse direction to companies that are moving manufacturing from China to Mexico. Chinese and other Asian companies seeking access to foreign markets are moving manufacturing operations to Mexico or expanding existing production facilities  ...

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