Category: Society

China’s Incomplete Growth Strategy

China’s economic growth has been slowing for six years. Eager to stem the longer than expected slide, Chinese government officials and economists have sought an effective policy response. Last November, they officially placed the blame on long-term supply-side shortcomings, which...

/ July 22, 2016

The Changing Landscape of China’s Manufacturing Sector

The relentless momentum of investors turning their sights toward China has softened as slowing growth and stock market volatility cause alarm among observers. In 2015, foreign direct investment (FDI) into China’s manufacturing sector came in at $39.54 billion, a slight...

/ July 15, 2016

Up in Smoke: Why China has Banned Foreign Investment in Tobacco

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) recently announced regulations barring foreign investment in the country’s enormous tobacco industry, blocking foreign-invested enterprises and individual businesses from participating in tobacco wholesale, retail, and alternative forms of trading. These new restrictions...

/ July 13, 2016

Quick tips to learn Chinese

Learning the “world’s hardest language” is all about your mindset and how you use your memory. And the good news is that there's a fast, easy way to store Chinese vocabulary in your memory and recall it on command. All...

/ July 11, 2016

China Plants Seed to Tackle Soil Pollution

China’s State Council released a nationwide Action Plan for Soil Pollution Prevention and Control on May 31 that calls for laws to monitor, prevent, and remediate soil pollution, and aims to incrementally improve soil quality across the country by mid-century....

G20 Could Disrupt Yangtze River Delta Operations

As the Group of 20 (G20) Summit—the annual, large-scale global government conference—heads for Hangzhou, China in September, companies with operations in the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) region are planning for expected disruptions to production and logistics.

/ June 27, 2016

China caps carbon emissions and water, energy consumption

Premier Li Keqiang delivered China’s 13th Five-Year Plan (FYP) on March 5 to the 12th National People’s Congress. The plan sets forth clear goals for overhauling or eliminating inefficient, outdated, or overcapacity industries and production facilities, increasing renewable energy production,...

Turning up the Heat: China’s High Temperature Allowance

By Jake Liddle Between the months of June and September, Shanghai companies with outdoor labor must take measures to maintain a workplace temperature of less than 33 degrees Celsius, 91 degrees Fahrenheit. Employers who fail to meet this minimum must...

/ June 17, 2016

Renewables

China's solar energy capacity has grown by 500 percent since 2012.

/ June 14, 2016

After Paris Climate Agreement, What’s Next?

When it comes to forging international agreements the U.S. and Europe are oceans apart from China and Russia in their politics. At the UN, when there is the need for unanimity on the Security Council for action China and Russia...

/ June 8, 2016