Tag Archives: Beijing
So, You Want To be An Entrepreneur?

So, You Want To be An Entrepreneur?

I became an entrepreneur later in life than most, but I must have had the seeds of entrepreneurialism within me for some time. Once given encouragement, my entrepreneurial instincts took complete control. I didn’t start my first company until I was in my 40s, but once I went down that road, I never looked back. […]

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China and Africa

Paul Tierney, a good friend of mine and a legendary figure in private equity circles, asked me to speak about China’s activities in Africa to a class he is teaching at Columbia Business School. During the 1980s, Paul and his colleagues at Coniston Partners gained notoriety for several high profile leveraged buy-outs that they completed, […]

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“Mr. China” On Managing The Dragon

Several weeks ago, I was interviewed by Steven Schwankert, then-acting editor and veteran China watcher, for Agenda magazine. Agenda is a fortnightly publication that targets English-speaking tourists, business travelers visiting Beijing and residents of China’s capital city who are looking for a convenient, quick and accessible guide to what’s going on, where to eat and […]

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China Shops in the U.S. For Auto Parts Makers

Now that the U.S. auto industry has bounced back from its lows, expect to see an increase in acquisitions of U.S. auto parts makers by Chinese companies seeking to gain access to technology and international markets. While the prices they will have to pay may be higher than in 2008 when the U.S. auto industry […]

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Air Quality in Beijing

As a follow-up to our previous post, air quality in Beijing over the past four days was as bad as I have seen it in my 15 years here. Today’s headline in China Daily, Capital’s air quality “worst,” summed it up best. According to the Beijing municipal environmental protection bureau’s website, air quality in Huangcun […]

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Central Planning Versus Market Capitalism

As the dawn of the new century, a new technology promised to fundamentally change global economics. Government leaders in the United States and China, the two largest economies in the world, believed that companies from their respective countries should lead in the development of this new technology. By 2010, two national champions, one from each […]

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The Cross Strait Relationship Continues to Improve

It began with direct flights between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan. As a result, flying from Beijing or Shanghai to Taipei is now as easy as flying to Hong Kong. Travelers must still pass through immigration, as is the case with Hong Kong, but there’s no longer the need to get to Taipei indirectly from […]

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A New World Order

A New World Order

When past U.S. presidents have visited China, discussions with their Chinese counterparts have been largely limited to trade and human rights. This time around, when President Barack Obama comes to Beijing, it will be different. Never has the agenda between China and the United States been so broad. The list of items that President Obama […]

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The NBA in China

The NBA in China

When someone learns that I have lived in China since 1994, one of the first things they ask is what I miss most. It’s an easy question to answer: holidays and sports. I have always found it very difficult to go to the office on July 4 in Beijing, knowing that everyone back home is […]

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Tariffs on Tires: The First Shot Across the Bow

Tariffs on Tires: The First Shot Across the Bow

Bowing to pressure from organized labor, the Obama Administration has fired the first shot across the bow in what could potentially develop into a nasty conflict with China, America’s largest trading partner and the single largest investor in the U.S. economy. In the Opinion section of its weekend edition, The Wall Street Journal reported that: […]

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