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China Culture By The Numbers

Posted in China Business, Recommended Reading

If you have not played around with the Geert-Hofstede country comparison tool, you should. It seems accurate to me (but what do I know), but even if it isn’t, it sure is great fun. It examines more than 100 countries on the following cultural traits: Power Distance Individualism Masculinity Uncertainty Avoidance Pragmatism Indulgence China scores… Continue Reading

China Law Listservs, Blogs And Websites: The Harvard Law Library List

Posted in Legal News, Recommended Reading

Harvard Law School Librarian Carli Spina has compiled a research guide that “provides an overview of some of the best resources for Chinese legal research in both Chinese and English.” In turn, that guide provides the following list of China law listserves, blogs and websites “covering a variety of subjects and fields of Chinese legal study”:… Continue Reading

China IP Courts: An Update

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For those interested in how China is coming along with instituting its specialized IP courts, I urge you to read Mark Cohen’s post on his China IPR blog on exactly that. The post is entitled, Update on Specialized IP Courts, and in it Mark posits what most are thinking: China’s IP courts are going to be… Continue Reading

China Copyrights: China Piracy Means Whack A Mole

Posted in Legal News, Recommended Reading

Just read a really good, really comprehensive article on China copyright law with a focus on the music industry, entitled, Whack-A-Mole: A Brief History of Music Piracy in China. Its conclusion says it all, but I certainly suggest you read the whole thing: In short, piracy’s root causes evade simple explanations and solutions, and piracy remains… Continue Reading

On The Ethics Of China Red Envelopes

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Been catching up on old emails this weekend and among those was one from a reader attaching a New York Times article, From China, With Pragmatism: Are the Chinese outdoing Americans at their own philosophical game?  The article is written by Stephen T. Asma a professor of philosophy and fellow of the Research Group in Mind, Science and… Continue Reading

Myanmar: Open For Business?

Posted in Good People, Recommended Reading

Robert Walsh, sometime Seattle resident and long-time friend of our law firm, has been spending the last few years in Myanmar, where he has opened up a business consultancy. Robert is fluent in Chinese and Korean and, amazingly enough, Burmese, having learned Burmese while working in the U.S. Embassy in Yangon many years ago. Robert… Continue Reading

Foreign Company Corruption In China. If You Have To Ask…

Posted in Basics of China Business Law, Legal News, Recommended Reading

Just read a fascinating/spooky article by Reuters Shanghai reporter, Adam Jourdan, entitled, Spooked by probes, pharma executives ask: should I leave China? Here’s our easy answer: if you are worried about getting arrested in China for something that your company has done, you should leave. Now. The article starts out talking of how China’s recent and ongoing… Continue Reading

China’s Media Landscape

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Danwei recently did a post entitled, A Brief Guide to China’s Media Landscape – May 2014, that provided a table showing “mainland China’s most important websites, newspapers, and broadcast news organizations, together with numbers for website traffic, circulation and audience.” If you are interested in learning more about China’s media, I highly recommend that you check… Continue Reading

U.S. Listed China Companies And VIEs.

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1. Paul Gillis knows as much about Variable Interest Entities (VIEs) as probably anyone alive.  Maybe more. 2. Chinese companies going public in the United States typically use VIEs. 3. Paul Gillis recently did a great piece for the Wall Street Journal, Following the Money in Chinese Listings, in which he expresses concerns about China VIEs… Continue Reading

Join Our China Law Blog Group On Linkedin

Posted in Basics of China Business Law, China Business, China Film Industry, China Travel, Events, Good People, Legal News, Recommended Reading

We started a China Law Blog Group on Linkedin with the goal of creating a spam-free source for China networking, information and discussion. We now have nearly 8,500 members and, more importantly, a number of lively discussions. We have had some absolutely terrific discussions, both based on the numbers (a number of the discussions have received around 100 comments… Continue Reading

Using China Social Media To Leverage Your Brand

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Sam Flemming was tracking China social media before most people even knew what social media even was. Let’s put it this way: the first time I discussed social media with Sam he was focused on bulletin boards. Who even remembers those? Anyway, when Sam talks about social media — and he did recently talk about… Continue Reading

Ben’s China Blog. Still Cutting Edge.

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Way back in 2007, in a post entitled, Promising China Blog: Ben’s Blog Is Certainly “Cutting Edge”, we highlighted what was then called Ben’s Blog: A Midwesterner in the Middle Kingdom with the following post: Ben’s China blog came online earlier this year and I have been enjoying it ever since. It is certainly distinctive. To say the least…. Continue Reading

The Big Four Accounting Firms In China. THE Book.

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I am about to heartily recommend a book that I have not read, nor even seen. The book is The Big Four and the Development of the Accounting Profession in China (Studies in the Development of Accounting Thought, by Paul Gillis. And despite not having read the book, I am quite certain it will make for… Continue Reading

China Holiday Schedule 2014

Posted in China Business, Events, Recommended Reading

If you are like me, you are constantly getting waylaid by China’s confusing and often changing holiday schedule. If you are like me, you fully realize it is a holiday on the day it starts. To help you (and me) avoid that, I recommend that you check out the China Real Time post, China’s 2014 Holiday… Continue Reading

What To Read For Doing Business In China. A List.

Posted in China Business, Recommended Reading

China veteran Andrew Hupert (of ChinaSolved) recently did a post listing his daily China reads for business. Andrew puts the following sites on his feedly.com reader (I too use Feedly) and he says he spends 15-30 minutes a day skimming these sites for China business information. Though I have no beef with any of the… Continue Reading