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City State Revival Likely to Skip Authoritarian China

City states might seem a thing of the past. Athens, Danzig, Venice — all became part of nation states. The only true city state remaining is Singapore although Hong Kong and Macau enjoy a high degree of autonomy within China. But as cities rise and become global cities, could the city state make a comeback? Continue reading

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India and China’s Retail Industries Compared

According to a new report China ranks fourth globally for retail development. Meanwhile, India’s retail development ranking fell nine spots to fourteenth. A comparison of India and China’s retail sectors reveals some lessons for retailers in both markets. Continue reading

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Latest China Growth Stimulus Measures Win-Win for Suppliers, Buyers

Aug. 16 – Buyers sourcing in China can expect marginally shorter delivery lead times and perhaps more competitive prices from suppliers as fresh government measures to stimulate growth take effect. Announced by the State Council on July 24, 2013, the measures are targeted at SMEs, which are most impacted by the slowdown in manufacturing and exports. Dubbed as “mini stimulus” for the tight focus, the package has a three-prong approach. The state-owned Xinhua news agency said two of these measures are “designed to provide small businesses with a badly needed liquidity lifeline.” Under the first measure, micro firms, or businesses … Continue reading

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China, Europe Resolve Solar Panel Imports Dispute

By Nick Ottens Jul. 31 – The world’s two largest economic powers avoided an escalation in their trade dispute on Saturday when they agreed to limit Chinese solar panel sales to Europe. After six weeks to talks, and days before a European tariff on Chinese solar panels was slated to be raised, the body’s trade chief and his Chinese counterpart agreed to set a minimum price for panels from China and restrict its share of the European solar energy market. The European Commission announced an 11.8 percent import duty on China’s solar panels last month and accused it of “dumping” … Continue reading

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Can India and China be Friends?

P.S. Deodhar, in his latest book, Cinasthana Today, suggests that both India and China must forge deeper economic relations to maintain the momentum of growth and make this an Asian century. By Sameer Patil Jul. 15 – India and China can join hands to emerge as “India plus China” rather than “India versus China,” P. S. Deodhar suggests in his recent book, ‘Cinasthana Today: Viewing China from India’. This is an interesting perspective in light of the incursion by the Chinese army in the Depsang area of eastern Ladakh in May this year. The incursion was a shock to policy-makers … Continue reading

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China’s Skilled Labor Pool Drying Up

Jul. 5 – The deficit of skilled and experienced workers in China continues to increase even as the general labor shortage starts to relax. Many suppliers cite wages as the main point of contention although worker salaries have climbed steadily over the past several years. Put plainly, people are seeking jobs with better pay, said Kesley Wang, sales representative of Qingdao Juyuan Fitness Equipment Co. Ltd. The Shandong province-based supplier of health and fitness products works with a job-placement agency that has helped keep the skills gap at bay. “China companies are growing and they have salary wars for the … Continue reading

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Why India is Winning the Entrepreneurial Battle with China

Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis Jun. 10 – As China and India continue to show some of the world’s fastest GDP growth rates, both are also undergoing huge demographic changes. In some ways, there are similarities between the two, yet in others, completely opposite positions exist. Understanding these subtleties is key to working out where future innovation, talent and growth will come from. In terms of similarities, it is interesting to note that 20 years ago, the average age of a worker in China was 23. That is now the age of the average worker in India today, while the average … Continue reading

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