Mastercard recently came out with its list of the 65 key cities driving growth in emerging markets worldwide. Fifteen Chinese cities made the list. (h/t China Business Blog)
The top ten cities worldwide were as follows:
1 Shanghai China
2 Beijing China
3 Budapest Hungary
4 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
5 Santiago Chile
6 Guangzhou China
7.Mexico City Mexico
8 Warsaw Poland
9 Bangkok Thailand
10 Shenzhen China
I like that list.
The fifteen Chinese cities that made the list are as follows:
1 Shanghai
2 Beijing
6 Guangzhou
10 Shenzhen
16 Xiamen
17 Chengdu
18 Dalian
20 Tianjin
20 Nanjing
22 Hangzhou
23 Wuhan
24 Chongqing
25 Qingdao
26 Xian
27 Harbin
Mastercard’s listing report is actually quite good, as it goes well beyond the typical world city list by actually doing a good job explaining its criteria and by setting out all kinds of sub-lists. And though I might quibble a bit about the ranking of China’s cities, I cannot think of even one that was unfairly left out. Can you?

Dan Harris

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

I mostly represent companies doing business in emerging market countries. It has taken me many years to build my network and it takes constant communication and travel to maintain it. My 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.

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

I am a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and I constantly travel between the United States and Asia. I most commonly speak on China law issues and I am 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 me regarding various aspects of my international law practice.

I am licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at my firm, I focus 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.