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Happy Thanksgiving to MTD’s Readers

Having lived in China for most of the past 25 years, one question I’m frequently asked isIMG_3930: “What about the United States do you miss most?”

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Managing The Dragon’s 2018 China Predictions

From the point of view of U.S. companies and investors, the direction of China’s currency; the level of overseas investment by Chinese companies; and the extent to which China might help to solve the North Korea problem are key questions going into 2018. MTD believes that 2018 will be another strong year for U.S. exports and that this strength will heavily influence China’s actions on other fronts, just as they seemed to do in 2017. If MTD is right, we may just run the table with our 2018 predictions. If we are wrong, we are likely to strike out on most of them.

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Innovation and IPR in China, Part III

Innovation and IPR in China, Part III

Innovation and the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) go hand in hand, and are two topics that come up frequently in discussions about China. Tsinghua University is doing a study on the status of both in China and asked for my comments. In Part I, I responded to Tsinghua’s first set of questions, and […]

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New Sources of Capital in China

New Sources of Capital in China

China’s capital markets are at an inflection point, and foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) are seeing more opportunities to raise capital to fund their China operations than ever before. In terms of its capital markets, China finds itself in the same situation that the United States did at the beginning of the 1980s. During the 1970s, the […]

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Dim Sum Anyone?

Dim Sum Anyone?

No, I’m not talking about the meal of steamed dumplings and buns, rice noodle rolls, steamed vegetables, egg tarts and other Chinese delicacies that is so popular in Hong Kong. I’m talking about the $31 billion of RMB-denominated “dim sum” bonds that may be issued in Hong Kong this year. What’s a dim sum bond? […]

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Shanghai’s International Board

Shanghai’s International Board

Shanghai plans to be an international finance center by 2020, and creating a board on the Shanghai Stock Exchange where foreign companies can list their shares is seen as an essential component. Preparations for the board have been taking place over the past two years, and Shanghai’s Deputy Mayor, Tu Guangshao, who is responsible for […]

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Innovation and IPR in China, Part II

Innovation and IPR in China, Part II

Innovation and the protection of intellectual property rights (“IPR”) go hand in hand, and are two topics that come up frequently in discussions about China. Tsinghua University is doing a study on the status of both in China and asked for my comments. Part I provided my answers to the first set of questions posed […]

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China’s Tier 2 and Tier 3 Cities, Part II

China’s Tier 2 and Tier 3 Cities, Part II

As mentioned in China’s Tier 2 and Tier 3 Cities, I visited Yizheng, one of China’s so-called Tier 3 cities, last Monday. After leaving Jiangsu Province, I had an opportunity to visit the equivalent of another Tier 3 city, this time in neighboring Zhejiang. With a population of approximately 400,000, Yuhuan County is about one-half […]

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China’s Tier 2 and Tier 3 Cities

China’s Tier 2 and Tier 3 Cities

In recent posts, MTD has discussed the idea of locating factories in China’s Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities as a way of dealing with rising costs in the country. There’s no question that wages, rents and just about every other cost incurred when building a factory are highest in Tier 1 cities like Beijing […]

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China As A Workshop

China As A Workshop

In MTD’s last post, Don’t Leave China, Just Move, we took issue with a recent Economist article that suggested that companies should reconsider China as a manufacturing location due to rising wages and other costs. MTD’s point was simple. China is a vast country where manufacturing costs vary widely depending upon city and region. Rather […]

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