In China, for many years, travelling abroad was not a feasible option for ordinary Chinese people; it was a luxury that was reserved for only a select few who a) could afford it and b) had permission from the Chinese government. However, nowadays, Chinese holidaymakers form a significant percentage of international tourists; the European and […]

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…and it looks like it’s going well. The factory has reported a whopping 250% increase in productivity and an 80% drop in defects. The Changying Precision Technology Company factory in Dongguan, China, replaced almost all of its workers with robots, leaving only 60 people working at the factory. There are now 60 robot arms which […]

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中国第二大啤酒巨头青岛啤酒(Tsingtao Beer),利润出现大幅度下滑。到六月为止的上半年中,青岛啤酒的净利润只有10.7亿元,比去年同期下降了11%。这是从2012年到现在净利润最低的半年。 由于经济增速放缓,消费环境低迷,再加上长时间的暴雨天气,中国啤酒市场受到了很大的影响,销量出现大幅度下滑,目前已连续两年出现负增长。 除了国内经济增速放缓的影响,青岛啤酒还受到百威啤酒(Budweiser Beer)等国外啤酒品牌的威胁。对国外啤酒品牌来说,中国市场有很大的吸引力,因为整个中国能喝掉世界啤酒总产量的四分之一。但是国外品牌同样受到中国经济低迷的影响,在中国市场的销量也出现了下滑。 不过,青岛啤酒近年来一直在研发高端啤酒,希望能获得高端啤酒市场。尽管在国内市场销售量下降,但是青岛啤酒上半年出口增长了16%。

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中国人喜欢买房投资,早已名声在外。之前就有报道说中国人已经成为了美国房地产最大的投资者,而最近,加拿大温哥华的房价也因为中国人的投资而暴涨。 根据报道,温哥华的独栋楼房的价格仅在去年一年就上涨了30%,今年4月,独栋楼房的均价高达140万加元。 现在在温哥华购买房产的中国人越来越多。在加拿大国家银行(National Bank of Canada)工作的Peter Routledge做了一个调查,他说,中国的购房者已经在温哥华的房地产投资了127亿加元(约633亿人民币),占温哥华房地产销售额的三分之一。 很多当地的加拿大人对此非常不满,因为随着房价的上涨,越来越多的当地人买不起房。据调查,温哥华家庭的平均年收入约为七万加元。从现在的市场价格来看,一个普通的温哥华家庭只有不吃不喝不交税20年,才能买得起一栋房子。因此,他们要求加拿大政府不再允许外国人在加拿大买房。 根据了解,2016年,加拿大政府将会用一笔专门的资金来检查国外购房者的资金来源,希望能以此阻止恶意买房。

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China’s Transport Minister, Yang Chuantang, spoke on Monday regarding the battle for market share in China’s taxi app market. Without directly naming any firms, he spoke out against subsidies that lead to unfair competition in the marketplace. The taxi app market in China is currently dominated by two giants, Uber and homegrown Didi Kuaidi, who […]

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We sat down with Tony Carter, VP Sales and Marketing for Fenner Precision and all-round business guru for a chat all things China. Tony is from the UK and spent nine years working in Shanghai before relocating to the US in 2013. Here’s what he had to say: 1) What first brought you to China […]

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It’s a story all too familiar in the West – a shortage of affordable housing, a lack of new homes, a mass of empty properties… so what then is to be made of the cities in the world’s most populated country that lie desolate? A result of careful future planning, or the effect of the […]

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A bad translation of a brand name or slogan is something that can sink a campaign to enter the Chinese market before a company’s executives have even so much as stepped of the plane. For this reason, millions of dollars are invested every year to ensure that brands get their Chinese marketing ‘just right’. As […]

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Before we arrived in China, our local business advisor in the UK issued some advice about the types of businesses we were likely to encounter when we started to sell into China. They explained that each type of customer had its own model and that each came with their relevant advantages and disadvantages. The two […]

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Whilst I was writing my dissertation for my MBA on the theoretical best ways of entering the Chinese market in 2004, I was convinced that doing business in China would be simple. I told myself that it would be as easy as landing in Shanghai – no sooner would I arrive than Chinese businesses would be […]

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