short-term pain for long-term gain
Market

China’s Economic Policy: Short-term Pain for Long-term Gain?

China’s good fortunes during the Covid pandemic appear to be waning in 2022. Challenges are mounting at home to contain omicron, while inflation, higher interest rates, and possibly a recession […]

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Strategy

Geopolitical Risks Rise in Asia

Geopolitical risks across Asia are increasing. Risks that companies face include those to reputation, ability to operate, access to resources, and even the license to be in business in a […]

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Market

China’s Logistical Upgrade Is Around the Corner

While China’s lockdowns will further mire supply chains in confusion and complexity in 2022, the long-term prospects for the logistics sector are more optimistic.  Companies have shown a newly found […]

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Market

War in Ukraine: Insulating the China Business

The war in Ukraine has created fresh geopolitical risks that companies In China must grapple with.  The hard news is that China has adopted a stance of ‘pro-Russia neutrality’.  The […]

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Market

China’s Policy Pendulum Swings Towards Growth

After several turbulent years of economic reform and no GDP targets, China’s policy pendulum has swung back to growth.  China’s 5.5% GDP target for 2022 demonstrates the government’s willingness to […]

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China innovation
Market

Reassessing Asia’s Production Opportunities

Manufacturing companies across Asia are reassessing the location of their production facilities.  The latest assessment is a continuation of a long-term trend of seeking new production sites as manufacturing costs […]

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Market

China Moves Ahead with Digital Yuan

Perhaps no other society in the world is as primed for digital currency like China. Before the advent of digital currency, Alipay and WeChat Pay had already made mobile payments […]

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Strategy

Turbocharging Digital: Bots That Bridge China’s Divides

Robotic process automation (RPA) offers a potential solution to integration problems that plague MNCs in China.  China’s tight regulations inhibit cross-border data flows.  At the same time, blazingly fast local […]

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Market

Achieving China’s 30-60 Decarbonisation Goals

China is coming to the green game late but with the full might of authoritarian governance behind it.   As the world’s largest carbon emitter, producing a quarter of global greenhouse […]

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Market

Unpacking US Sanctions on China’s Tech Sector

US sanctions have exposed China’s reliance on foreign technologies, especially in semiconductors.  As a result, China is experiencing its own ‘Sputnik moment’, triggering widespread unease about the country’s perceived technological […]

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Market

China’s Automation Accelerates

A growing number of innovative companies in China are leading the way globally in automation.  Firms at the forefront in China are capable of bold experiments in futuristic ways.  At […]

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Strategy

China Strategy: One Company, Two Systems

Business strategies for China are evolving because of the pandemic crisis, geopolitics, and supply chain disruption.  China is still the focus for growth, at least for the next three to […]

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Market

China e-Commerce Evolves Again

China’s regulatory authorities are squeezing the country’s e-commerce platforms into a tighter regulatory framework.  On the one hand, new limits are being placed on data and algorithms. On the other, […]

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Crisis Management in the Social Media Age in China
Strategy

Crisis Management in the Social Media Age

Foreign firms are caught in the middle on polarising issues between China and the West.  During a recent IMA China CEO Forum meeting members discussed how they are managing crises […]

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Asia Workforce
Leadership

Asia’s Workforce in the Future

The Covid pandemic has accelerated long-term trends that have emerged in workplaces across Asia. Before January 2020, the nature of offices was changing as were the type of jobs, employee […]

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Leadership

POEs and Beijing: More Intertwined Than Meets the Eye

The Chinese government has turned its powerful spotlight towards the private sector’s size, wealth, and influence in China’s socialist market economy. The scuppering of Alibaba’s IPO for Ant Group was […]

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Market

Futureproofing Your China Workforce

China is undergoing a seismic shift from a manufacturing powerhouse to a digitised, innovative economy. Much like the economic miracle of the last few decades, the country’s future will be […]

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Market

Optimism for Asia’s Growth Despite Covid Struggles

An optimistic economic forecast might seem out of step with the gloomy news on Asia’s COVID-19 struggle. Yet, the outlook is straightforward given the region’s vaccine efficacy and immunisation rates. […]

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service as everything
Market

Business Model Innovation: Everything as a Service

Firms in China are seeking richer margins by selling services instead of selling products. Today, data-driven technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) are supercharging the move towards ‘servitization’. Consequently, […]

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Strategy

14th Five-Year Plan: Xi’s 30-Year Dash to the Finish Line

During an IMA China CEO Forum meeting in Shanghai, a China ‘insider’ gave his views on the impact of China’s 14th Five-Year Plan (FYP) on MNCs operating in China – […]

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