Category: Society

Understanding China’s Changing Civil Service

Companies can improve their government relations by learning more about China’s new civil servants by Kenneth Jarrett and Lie Huihan China’s steady march toward a more market-based economy has eliminated thousands of state-owned enterprises and reduced the government’s role in...

China’s Healthcare Reform

Reform plans promise significant change, but what does that mean for foreign healthcare players? by James A. C. Sinclair Whenever Wang Hui, a product manager in Shanghai, needs to consult a doctor, it means hours queuing for a few minutes...

/ July 1, 2009

Electronic Waste Rules

China recently approved long-awaited electronic-waste rules, but a product catalogue is pending. The State Council in early March released long-awaited rules governing the recycling and disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). The new regulations, which take effect January...

/ May 1, 2009

Ethical Supply Chain Management

Last fall’s melamine scandal illustrates the dangers of a less-than-rigorous approach to quality assurance. by Teresa DeLaurentis Companies doing business in China have had difficulty maintaining quality throughout the supply chain, as illustrated by recent food and product safety scandals....

/ May 1, 2009

Setting Up International Nonprofit Organizations in China

International nonprofits have a growing presence in China, but they still face an uphill battle to gain state approval and acceptance by Matthew Erie, David Livdahl, Jacelyn Khoo, and Henry Li In light of China’s encounter with the current global...

Off to the City

China’s rapid urbanization promises a higher quality of life for millions of rural residents but only if urban governments implement and enforce the right policies by Shahid Yusuf China’s urbanization rate is not extraordinary. It is approaching 50 percent, which...

/ May 1, 2009

Supporting Rule of Law in China

US businesses are helping China improve its legal systemby US-China Legal Cooperation Fund staff A unique effort to strengthen the rule of law in China, the US-China Legal Cooperation Fund is a charitable program supported by leading US companies engaged...

Beijingers’ Views of Americans

by Isaac Stone Fish Though it is difficult to generalize about Beijing’s roughly 17 million residents, in the seven years I’ve been traveling to and from China, I have noticed similarities in the way Beijingers discuss international relations with strangers...

/ May 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

The 2008 Olympics’ Impact on China

From new construction projects to attracting the spotlight, the Olympics will have a lasting effect on China. For the PRC leadership and most Chinese, the July 13, 2001 International Olympic Committee (IOC) announcement that Beijing would host the 2008 Olympic Games...

/ July 1, 2008