Category: Politics

Unionization Drive Leaves Room for Compromise

China plans to unionize all foreign-invested enterprises by 2010, but companies can work with employees to achieve a relatively positive outcome by Andreas Lauffs and Jonathan Isaacs The All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) last June formally announced a new...

NPC and State Council Transparency Commitments: An Evaluation

The National People’s Congress (NPC) and State Council both announced initiatives in spring 2008 to increase transparency and public participation in the formulation of legislation and administrative measures. The US-China Business Council (USCBC) has been tracking NPC and State Council...

/ January 1, 2009

China’s Changing Culture and Etiquette

Face, guanxi, and other cultural norms are changing in China, but acquiring a basic level of cultural competence is still important for doing business there. For neophytes beginning to approach China, the long list of cultural dos and don’ts understandably brings...

/ July 1, 2008

Managing Business Risks

Wise companies prepare for—and minimize their exposure to—risks when investing in China. On the surface, China appears to be one vast market with a strong central government. But deeper down, China is a conglomerate of disparate markets that vary in their...

/ November 1, 2006

Cooperative Joint Ventures

Savvy foreign investors may wish to consider the benefits of this flexible investment structureby Paul H. FoltaDespite the attractiveness of China’s business and foreign investment environment, the country is not an easy place to do business. Foreign businesses that seek...

/ January 2, 2005