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China Joint Ventures Are Back And Contracts Are The New In Thing. The New Reality Of China Foreign Investment.

Posted in China Business, Legal News

During the first 25 years of China’s opening up process, joint ventures were the favored vehicle for FDI in China. In 2005, the favored form of investment shifted away from JVs to direct investment through WOFEs (Wholly Foreign Owned Entities). During the last year, however, foreign SMEs have been shifting away from WFOEs and back… Continue Reading

China Still The Place For Manufacturing

Posted in China Business

There have been countless articles written on how the end of cheap China will mean the end of foreign companies going to China, but that has barely happened at all.  This article, “Analysis: Investors make $100 billion bet on China’s drive up value chain,” by Kevin Yao of Reuters, nicely encapsulates what is going on… Continue Reading

Selling Illegal Product From China. Hey, That’s Your Job.

Posted in Legal News

My law firm is right now defending a large Chinese company in a big United States litigation matter.  Our client is being sued, for among other things, having provided a product that failed to meet U.S. environmental standards.  Our defense to this claim is that the American plaintiff had the responsibility to make sure that… Continue Reading

Myanmar Foreign Investment. The Reality On The Ground.

Posted in China Business

By: Steve Dickinson As I mentioned, my first post on Myanmar, “Myanmar Foreign Investment. Initial Impressions Are That It Is China’s Opposite.” was heavily theoretical. Dan and I did have a chance to travel and to meet with local lawyers and business people. This gave us the chance to find a little of the reality… Continue Reading

A China Factory Inspection Checklist

Posted in China Business

Client sent this to me the other day because he liked it and I do too. The “this” is a China factory inspections checklist compiled by Carson Block (pre-Muddy Waters), for the Doing Business in China for Dummies book.  The list is online here and it suggests that your on site factory due diligence consist… Continue Reading

Where Were You (China) During The Third Industrial Revolution?

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  Little bit behind on my Economist reading, but just read a seriously thought provoking article, entitled, “The third industrial revolution: The digitisation of manufacturing will transform the way goods are made—and change the politics of jobs too.”  The thesis of the article (and one which I completely buy) is that we are on the… Continue Reading

China NNN Agreements. Watching The Sausage Get Made.

Posted in Legal News

Probably more than any other agreement, there is a conception out there that it is just fine to use an off the shelf NDA Agreement when dealing with China. Wrong…. At least as much as with any other sort of agreement, it is critical to tailor your NNN Agreement (we call our NDA Agreements NNN… Continue Reading

China IP Protection. Good Luck With That.

Posted in Legal News

One of the recurrent (sometimes underlying, sometimes explicit) themes of this blog is that if you combine best legal practices with best operational practices, you’ll do just fine in China. For the second time in the last few months, this proposition has taken a major hit. The first time was in “How To Achieve Problem… Continue Reading

Innovation In China. It’s Happening, But Not How You Think.

Posted in China Business, Recommended Reading

David Barboza, the New York Times’ crackerjack Shanghai business correspondent, recently did a story on his interview with Dan Breznitz and Michael Murphree, authors of the book, Run of the Red Queen: Government, Innovation, Globalization, and Economic Growth in China. The book (which I have not yet read) is, according to Barboza, about “China’s innovation… Continue Reading

China’s 12th Five Year Plan. Infrastructure, Infrastructure, And More Infrastructure. Did We Say Infrastructure?

Posted in China Business, Events

By: Steve Dickinson On Monday, March 14, The PRC National People’s Congress approved China’s 12th Five Year Plan and the outline of the plan was released to the public yesterday. The full 105-page document can be found (in Chinese) here. I am now reviewing the plan and over the next several weeks I will provide a… Continue Reading