Archive for Government Issues

Why Do Market Research in China?

China Law Blog wrote today that WOFE’s in China cannot do research.  Note his post here. (he notes Wofe’s often do and at their own risk which appears to be small)  My company is owned by my dear Chinese wife and so explicitly allowed to do market research in China, but regardless of your registration, […]

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The Rule of Law is Coming in China and That Means Us

The good news is that the Rule of Law is becoming reality year by year in China.  The bad news is that it starts with us foreigners. The same is true in all countries. When they start to feel like enforcing pollution standards, they first crack down on the foreigners, that was 2008 in China, […]

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America 1908 China 2018

America 1908 China 2018

What country was famous for expanding its borders, bad quality, child labor, fake medicines, flagrant copyright infringement, copied products, pollution, having the 2d largest economy, and an immature view of blacks in 1908?  America. Who was growing at fabulous speeds at the same time? America. China has all these today just like we did in […]

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Innovation – and Patents in China

China is number 1 in patents for the year 2011.  China had  526,412 while America had only 503,582.  Check out the report at the China Brief. Does that mean anything?  Actually, it means the government still has some power to reach its goals. These patents do not indicate anything about innovation change.  The Chinese government ordered all work units to meet […]

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Good Times Bad Times. Be Ready for Them All

Most of us are nice most of the time.  Sometimes under pressure we do not act as well. Your China distributor, supplier, or partner can be the same, but how far they go beyond your expectation is different.  Knowing that you did not register your trademark, they might register in their name,  so they own […]

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Materialism in the First Sense

I arrived to live in China in 1991. I was uncomfortable with many things, but one day a few years later, I realized that Communist philosophy had infiltrated the country in terms of materialism while Marxist economics were being tossed aside.  Even Confucianism is very pragmatic and down to earth, so this tangible materialistic thought […]

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The Chinese Courts Might Get Us Just What We Deserve

I want to tell you a real though altered story to give some perspective. An American company in Beijing had a company with a contract to sell automation equipment to a Chinese company in Ningbo. The Ningbo company had placed a large down payment. The Americans were behind on delivery and then tried to get […]

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