Category: Society

Mapping the Rise of China’s Commercial Drone Industry

Drones are a young and multifaceted industry that have only recently begun to show their true potential. In China, drones are now being used to change the business landscape and alter how companies conduct their operations in a wide variety...

/ March 15, 2017

Encouraging Regional Trade Following US Withdrawal from TPP

With the TPP’s future uncertain as a result of the withdrawal of the United States, its largest member, and with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations entering their fifth year, Asia’s trade landscape is at a critical juncture. In...

Don’t Waste Investment Opportunity in Wastewater

In recent years, China has increased its efforts toward combating high levels of environmental pollution, a result of the country’s accelerated economic growth. In 2012, China declared war on pollution, and put aside RMB 3.7 trillion for the battle; more...

/ February 22, 2017

New Year, New Trends: Tourism, Housing, and Manufacturing

A total of RMB 423.3 billion was spent on tourism during this year’s Chinese New Year holiday period, a 15.9 percent increase from last year according to the National Tourism Administration. As part of a seven percent increase in outbound...

/ February 20, 2017

Chinese Consumers Adopt Greener Lifestyle

Decoupling notions of upward mobility and increased consumption will be crucial to China’s future prosperity. China’s economic rise has been based on a model of rapid industrial growth, manufacturing, and export. But now, growth is slowing and China’s population is...

/ February 10, 2017

Traditional Investigation Approaches Can Lead to Sinkhole

Poorly executed investigations in China fail to contain potential compliance, regulatory and business continuity problems, and can often increase the risk of scrutiny from government investigators, disrupt supply or distribution chains, and disgruntle employees.

/ February 8, 2017

Energy Transition Increases Need for US Technology

China’s energy planners seek to increase production, distribution, and consumption of renewable energy as a means to diversify energy supply. However, as China attempts to transition from coal to other energy sources, it struggles to utilize existing renewable capacity. This...

/ February 6, 2017

How Can Individuals, Companies be Limited by  Bad Social Credit in China?

A new government system that evaluates and tracks “untrustworthy” individuals and companies could limit eligibility for financing, employment, and Party membership, as well restrict real estate transactions and travel. The Chinese government intends to fully implement this nationwide social credit...

/ February 3, 2017

Disability Employment Security Changes Could Be Costly

Companies operating in some of China’s major cities are facing significant cost increases following a change to employment social security fund payment calculations. Although announced by the central government, provincial governments are implementing the new calculation in different ways—if at...

/ February 1, 2017

A Clear Opportunity

Air pollution continues to pose a major health threat in China. China’s recent Air Pollution Prevention and Control Law and Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Action Plan demonstrate the government’s resolve to significantly improve air quality. With appropriate planning, this large-scale deployment...

/ January 27, 2017