Monthly Archives: August 2012


Much of today’s press on China refers to the slowdown in the Chinese economy. Nine percent, it would seem, is something to be worried about. Yet it was earlier this year that the Chinese government announced a reduction in its … Continue reading

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Time to smell?

The Financial Times reports that Paul Smith announces he is returning to the Chinese market after pulling out some five years ago. Sir Paul must surely at least have slightly raised an eyebrow at reports from rival British firm Burberry, … Continue reading

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Blind Justice:? The case of Gu Kailai.

Gu Kailai, wife of the popularist politician, Bo Xilai, former Provincial Governor of Chongqing, has been given a suspended death sentence for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. Ms Gu had confessed to the murder, claiming that Mr Heywood … Continue reading

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Business sense versus the Yellow Peril.

The business case for encouraging more Chinese tourists to the UK appears not to be strong enough to convince Home Secretary Theressa May, to make it easier for Chinese tourists to enter the UK, worryingly raising the ghost of the … Continue reading

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When is a dragon not a dragon?

The Western concept of the dragon is that of a tyrannical beast that bringing fire and destruction; it is something to be killed: Indeed, killing a dragon may well be the way to sainthood! In the Chinese mind the dragon … Continue reading

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