Thursday, December 29, 2011

China faces the Future Confronted by the Past

 Mogao Grottoes

The challenge of modern China, as we note at every symposium, is to balance the new economic model with the plight of poor rural peasants.  The job market for migrant workers has grown stale and this provides a much greater modicum of social unrest which could lead to civil war.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone!

Beijing International Christian Fellowship

Saturday, December 17, 2011

People to People Relations Needed in US China Stalemate

Time for people-to-people relationships 

- Kaiser Kuo


"It wasn't long ago that encounters between the two countries were pretty much stage-managed," says Kuo, a New York-born rock musician and director of Baidu International Communications. "Sister cities were established, and trade delegations traveled back and forth." 
Today, he says, the need for real people-to-people relations has become critical as China's rising power has become a topic of debate in US elections. While the US is experiencing a crisis of confidence, China is riding a surge of nationalism. 
"Both nations have a great sense of destiny and a sense of exceptionalism," he says, and public opinion in both countries is more important than ever. 
The Internet, he adds, is not always an asset in the relationship. 
"The Internet was supposed to make us all hold hands and sing Kumbaya," he says, "but in reality the average citizen in each country knows just enough about the other to be dangerous." 
Kuo recalls the events of May 1999 when US planes bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, an attack the White House said was a tragic mistake. 
"At that time, there were 8 million people online in China," Kuo says, "and the outrage was immense".
"Imagine if that happened today, with 500 million Chinese online. The river of fire could overflow almost instantaneously, with people on both sides of the Pacific eager to think the worst of each other."

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Three Things to Remember About Chinese Consumers

 Don's son, Hoku, at the Great Wall

They are not as poor as you think.
Status is a bigger deal than you think it is with Chinese.
Major opportunities exist now in smaller cities.

As America's economy slows down (crawls to a standstill), China is expanding opportunities elsewhere, including in surrounding countries.  The US needs to recognize these basic facts to produce any lasting trade with China.  And it needs to happen soon. One way to do this is through engaging vigorously areas of trade overlooked previously.  The three above points are the location of those possible neighborhoods.

The American government is largely responsible for our current mess with China.  As the 21st century unfolds, perhaps it is way past time to rethink our China policy as a nation. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Keep your eyes on Huawei going global

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