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Rant: China Might Want to Consider Soft Power Too
March 17, 2010 | No Comment
Rant: China Might Want to Consider Soft Power Too

By any measure China’s awe inspiring embrace of Africa is impressive.  Let’s put aside the staggering financial statistics on how many billions of dollars Beijing is spreading across the continent or even the scale of …

THE FRIDAY RANT: French??? Really???
February 12, 2010 | No Comment
THE FRIDAY RANT: French??? Really???

China’s reform era is now entering its third decade and just now, in 2010, are Americans beginning to awake to the importance of learning Mandarin.  Now when I say “beginning to awake” I mean the …

BYD Auto: China’s Canary in the Innovation Coal Mine
November 17, 2009 | No Comment
BYD Auto: China’s Canary in the Innovation Coal Mine

Year after year, Chinese products consistently draw headlines for poor quality. Just as with any product, it is important to remember that brand perception is not a rational science. Is BYD emblematic of a coming change?

Public Opinion & Spin Control in China
November 11, 2009 | No Comment
Public Opinion & Spin Control in China

Quite a few blog entries and articles have been posted around the web regarding the CCP’s initiative to “channel public opinion.”  Authors mainly cite two pieces of information:
a) Hu Jintao’s June 20, 2008 speech on …

Keeping Up with Public Opinon In China – The Party’s Dilemma
November 10, 2009 | No Comment
Keeping Up with Public Opinon In China – The Party’s Dilemma

How does the Chinese public know what it thinks?  My own characterization of the last 30 years posits three stages of evolution:
1) from the Communist Party and government institutions telling the population what to think,
to …

US-China Conferences
October 20, 2009 | No Comment

I am attending a conference in Chicago on global branding that aims to marry best practices from both countries. It is difficult to pull this off because the location always dilutes the efficacy of …

3 Reasons to be Skeptical of China’s Plan to Build Media Empires
October 9, 2009 | No Comment
3 Reasons to be Skeptical of China’s Plan to Build Media Empires

Another year, another plan by China’s propaganda divisions to build giant media empires that it feels will help better position the country in the global media marketplace.  After the Olympic torch relay debacle last year, …

(中文) 中国悬而未决的中东外交政策
October 8, 2009 | No Comment

2000年江泽民对以色列的历史性访问已经过去了近十年,今天中国正锲而不舍地在相互矛盾甚至冲突的需求之间寻求平衡。2000年4月江对以色列的访问表明北京方面不再认为对以的意识形态对抗符合其利益.但同时,
它又无法疏离自己数十年来长期支持的亚西尔·阿拉法特及全心全意力挺的巴勒斯坦解放组织.别忘了中国是反对促成以色列建国的1948年分治决议的国家之一,并直到1992年才开始与特拉维夫建交.所以,在评价中国当前的中东政策时,必须牢记的一个绝对关键是北京认可这个犹太国家的时间还不到二十年.
因此中国政府从根植于革命意识到基于务实政治的政策调整必然经历了一个走势急剧的学习曲线. 今天,中国中东政策的中心目标可用一个词来概括:平衡.

Update: China’s Innovation Challenges
October 2, 2009 | No Comment
Update: China’s Innovation Challenges

The BBC/Public Radio International program “The World” just wrapped up a five part series on innovation in China that dovetails nicely with the blog post/podcast that we filed earlier this week on CTP.  Correspondent Mary …

Is “Chinese Innovation” an oxymoron?
September 24, 2009 | No Comment
Is “Chinese Innovation” an oxymoron?

Superficially, it is easy for an outsider to laugh at the idea that China can become a major center of technological innovation when industry after industry suffers billions of dollars in annual losses due to intellectual property rights violations.