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The Branding Dichotomy: Trust & Pricing point.

The Branding Dichotomy: Trust & Pricing point.
Chinese consumers are both brand conscious and price sensitive: the key to understanding this dichotomy is to appreciate Chinese culture, where face and social status are crucial as well as the prevailing attitude of a lack of trust in product quality. This skepticism leads Chinese shoppers do significantly more research, across many more channels, than their counterparts in the West. If a brand can signal a higher social and/or economic status, Chinese consumers are happy to pay a premium. ...

Books: China, the Future of Travel

Books: China, the Future of Travel
How will the future development of tourism from China affect you?
 
 
Within only a few short years, Europe and the rest of the Western world have seen a marked shift in how Chinese experience travel. This is having a major effect on the way which destinations must market themselves to Chinese visitors. Since 2004, Chinese tourists have been playing catch up with the rest of the world in record speed. These days, the talk is of a ...

Urban China: Toward Efficient, Inclusive, and Sustainable Urbanization

Urban China: Toward Efficient, Inclusive, and Sustainable Urbanization
  In the last 30 years, China’s record economic growth lifted half a billion people out of poverty, with rapid urbanization providing abundant labor, cheap land, and good infrastructure. While China has avoided some of the common ills of urbanization, strains are showing as inefficient land development leads to urban sprawl and ghost towns, pollution threatens people’s health, and farmland and water resources are becoming scarce. With China’s urban ...

China`s Agricultural Sector: changing realities.

China`s Agricultural Sector: changing realities.
As China’s agricultural sector struggles to keep up with the country’s growth in demand, its ability to meet the agricultural demands of its population will usher in a new era off opportunities for agricultural companies.
 
 
China’s struggle to consistently secure adequate food supplies of a sufficient quality has resulted in its agricultural sector being placed under increasing pressure. Since February 2014 the ...

China Scholar’s end of days forecast dismissed but demands attention

China Scholar’s end of days forecast dismissed but demands attention
A growing army of prognosticators forecasting a Chinese hard landing and the collapse of Communist rule has an unlikely, but distinguished, new recruit: David Shambaugh.
 
His Thesis may well prove inaccurate but at least some of the symptoms he identifies as contributing to the regime’s ultimate collapse are real and they are eroding faith in the new leadership’s appetite and ability to make the difficult changes need to ensure sustainable ...

Choppy waters for the property sector.

Choppy waters for the property sector.
The slump in China's property market looks to be accelerating with new home prices last month falling at the fastest pace on record. The sector is emblematic of problems such as rapid credit expansion and policies that promote short term growth over a more balanced economy.
 

 
House prices in the major cities surveyed by the National Bureau of Statistics, fell on average by 5.7 per cent compared to February last ...

NPC roundup March 2015.

NPC roundup March 2015.
As one of the most important annual political gatherings in China, the NPC lays out the leadership’s plans and priorities for the coming year. Outcomes from the legislature are closely scrutinised by global businesses keen to anticipate the future direction of the Chinese economy and plan accordingly. 
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s annual government work report, delivered to the NPC earlier this month, featured a number of important announcements related ...

Free Trade Agreements, a force for change.

Free Trade Agreements, a force for change.
As part of it`s continued efforts to reduce the dominance of the US dollar for International trading and increase its own export growth, China is to increase the pace of its free trade negotiations in 2015.
 
 
China will launch Free Trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with Israel and initiate FTA feasibility studies with Colombia, India, Nigeria, Nepal, Maldives and the South Pacific island nations. FTA`s help companies to both ...

Elderly Care Institutions: New law for Foreign Investment

Elderly Care Institutions: New law for Foreign Investment
With a projected 636 million people over age 50 by 2050, or nearly 49 percent of the population (up from 25 percent in 2013) the government is now seriously looking at expanding care home facilities in China (there are currently estimated to be just under 3 million care home beds across the country).        With the development of the economy, people's ideas on care-giving for the elderly are changing: A Chinese proverb calls filial ...

Sri Lanka, China and India: rivalry in the Indian Ocean.

Sri Lanka, China and India: rivalry in the Indian Ocean.
For smaller Asian countries it is no surprise that China has emerged in the last decade as an essential trading partner, Sri Lanka is no exception: becoming it’s largest foreign finance partner in 2010, overtaking India and Japan, and as its third largest trading partner (bilateral trade was $3.62 billion in 2013). For China, Sri Lanka is a crucial gateway port providing it with a foothold near sea lanes in the Indian Ocean and entry into what India considers its sphere ...

Yinchuan

Yinchuan
A snapshot
 
Aptly known as the Phoenix city, Yinchuan is a city that is gradually rising into economic prominence. Located in the North West of China in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region, a third of Niangxia’s population is Muslim, compared to the national average of 1.8% in 2010. In recent years, Ningxia has been the centre of a government campaign to promote Arab investment there, resulting in promising investments and high tech development on top ...

The PPP Dragon, China at No.1

The PPP Dragon, China at No.1
Once the most prosperous nation on earth, the recent report from the International Monetary Fund suggests that we are witnessing a return to this status quo, with China’s purchasing power parity (PPP) adjusted GDP estimated for the year at $17.6 trillion, compared to $17.4 trillion from the US.
 
Economists have been forecasting for some time that China will become the world’s biggest economy on a GDP basis by mid century. The new PPP ...

2014 Global Mobile Consumer survey - China edition

2014 Global Mobile Consumer survey - China edition
The China edition of Deloitte's Global Mobile Consumer survey provides unique insights into how Chinese consumers in different demographics interact with mobile devices. We asked Chinese consumers broad yet specific set of questions such as how likely they are to subscribe to 4G if available in their areas, what feature they would use more if the carrier network is 3 - 5 times faster, how frequent they change their mobile phones, how many apps they download per month, and how mobile ...

Left behind women.

Left behind women.
Much has been reported on the plight of  workers migrating in droves to make a better living in the cities, but little attention has been given to the wives they leave behind. According to the All China Womens’ Federation, there are up to 50 million of these ‘left behind women’ in rural China.The impact of this rural exodus reaches every corner of these women’s lives, from their daily workload to their role in the family ...

Corruption and Fox hunting under Xi.

Corruption and Fox hunting under Xi.
Now entering its second year, China`s anti-corruption drive is truly making progress and raising a few eyebrows internationally in both its depth and continued commitment to removing both the culture and perception of corruption in the country.
 
According to the Transparency International 2013 Global Corruption Perception Index (CPI), China is currently ranked 80 out of 177 countries, below South Africa and Brazil. Furthermore, out of the 28 economic ...

2014, State of the Media Democracy survey.

2014, State of the Media Democracy survey.
The first China edition of the 2014 Deloitte "State of the Media Democracy" Survey provides unique insights into how Chinese consumers in different demographics interact with media, including TV, newspaper, social network, gaming, advertising, and digital devices. This survey is part of the Deloitte research project conducted across the globe in 2014, covering Australia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Spain, and the United States. In China, data was gathered from 2,000 Chinese ...

APEC 2014

APEC 2014
With the closing of APEC earlier this month, its staging in Beijing has provide the organization with some much needed limelight. The aspirations expressed and announcements made were by no means small: A USD 40 billion fund for infrastructure development, blueprint for the pursuit of a Free Trade Area for the region (FTAAP), US-China agreement of the reduction of Carbon emissions, Russian-Chinese agreement to use national currencies for trade settlements, as well as many other bi-lateral ...

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