China blogs

New blog out there of which CLB readers should be aware. It’s called Blogging for China [no longer exists] and it usually takes a decidedly pro-China view on most issues.

Though pro-China, it is not at all ridiculously so and that means it puts forth very well reasoned and thoughtful arguments and is duly respectful of opposing viewpoints. Pro-China, but not strident or jingoistic.

In particular, it has written often and well on Tibet, and I particularly urge anyone who thinks this is a simple issue to read those posts. Blogging is at its best when it creates a true marketplace of ideas and, without exception, all the top China bloggers who take on the tough issues succeed both because they strongly express their own views and because they are respectful of (and I suspect even sometimes impressed with) the views of those with whom they diverge. Though these blogs are not lacking in forceful opinions, their strength comes from focusing on quality and import, not on relentlessly pounding out an ideology.

The bloggers for whom I have no time are those who believe they have a lock on the truth and any deviation from their truth is an abomination. I will refrain from mentioning those blogs because the last thing I want to do is drive traffic to them, particularly since, as far as I can tell, none of them get more than a few viewers a day, and (judging by the comments) those few viewers seem to consist of the already anointed. These are the blogs written by “ends justify the means” type zealots who purport to have the answer to every question regarding China and believe any blogger who does not enthusiastically toe their line on every single China issue deserves vilification.

Do check it out and let us know what you think.

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Dan is a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

He primarily represents companies doing business in emerging market countries, having spent years building and maintaining a global, professional network. 

Dan is a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

He primarily represents companies doing business in emerging market countries, having spent years building and maintaining a global, professional network.  His work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland’s interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt.

He was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), is rated 10.0 by AVVO.com (also its highest rating), and is a recognized SuperLawyer.

Dan is a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and constantly travels between the United States and Asia. He most commonly speaks on China law issues and is the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog. Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, NPR, The New York Times and Inside Counsel have all interviewed Dan regarding various aspects of his international law practice.

Dan is licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at his firm, Dan focuses on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents), and overseeing M&A transactions.