News & Analysis

  • March 3, 2012
    The iPad trademark with Apple Inc. continues to deepen as the fight rolls over into the U.S. court room. Proview Electronics Co. is still claiming they first trademarked the “iPad,” and continues and will continue to fight for their trademark rights. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has unveiled his plans for the U.S. Export-Import as his latest election-year effort to counter China's trade...
  • February 13, 2012
    This Lunar New Year Holiday, Chinese shoppers spent significantly less lavishly than expected. Many curbed spending on beauty brands and jewelry. Even General Motors Co. reported its first drop in China sales in six months as purchases slowed during the holiday. Experts expressed concern that the slowdown in spending may continue through the coming year of the dragon. The news comes as China’s...
  • February 9, 2012
    Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said that China is considering plans to cooperate more closely with European rescue funds.  Within China, the impact of Europe’s debt woes have been “cushioned” by strong domestic orders that gave the manufacturing sector a “surprisingly” strong start to the year.  Industrial profits rose 25.4 percent in 2011 over the previous year.  However, analysts...
  • February 8, 2012
    The Wall Street Journal reported that a WTO appeals panel ruled against China's efforts to limit the export of raw materials used in the steel and chemicals industries, a decision experts say could “provide the U.S. and Europe with ammunition against similar limits on China's rare-earth exports.”  Meanwhile, the IMF is reviewing whether to change its position that China’s currency is “...
  • February 7, 2012
    As the world's second largest economy, China’s key to success is global growth. However, out of all the six largest economies in the world, China’s currency, the Renminbi is the only one not used as a global reserve asset.  Although China has recently taken steps to promote the renminbi’s international use, critics complain that  the Chinese government has still not been willing to open...
  • February 3, 2012
    China’s housing marketing has been on a downward rollercoaster. Home prices have fallen for a fifth straight month in January with the government still controlling the property market. This has been the longest losing streak for China’s property market. According to He Keng, a deputy director of the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress, "China’s property...
  • February 3, 2012
    The Year of the Dragon has Chinese retail and tourism booming. Chinese tourism rose 23.6  percent in revenue from last year around this festival holiday. Retail for China also looked promising with shops and restaurants around the country pulling in a mere 470 billion yuan in sales volume all together. Meanwhile, Beijing also received a New Year surprise. The city’s Environmental Monitoring...

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