By Xiaolei Gu
Apr. 19 – To further expound the important role that online shopping is playing with regards to China’s expanding consumption levels, popular shopping website Taobao and China’s largest market research firm CTR jointly released the “Report on China’s Online Shopping Trends 2012 (中国消费风向标报告2012).” The report identifies and extrapolates on online shopping trends in China based on CTR’s continuous single-source survey CNRS-TGI, Kantar Worldpanel, and data collected from Taobao – a facilitator of B2C and C2C retail business run by Chinese internet giant Alibaba Group. Continue reading
Posted in Business, FDI and Foreign Trade, Retail, Science and Tech, Technology
Tagged Alibaba Group, China Consumption, China E-Commerce, China Online Market, China Online Shopping, China's Consumers, CTR, Taobao
By Vivian Ni
Jan. 30 – Although China has made it more difficult for foreign investors to enter its e-payment sector over the last year, the potential profits offered by the country’s massive consumer population are proving too attractive to miss. Recently, American Express – the U.S. financial service provider that has long considered China as its critical strategic market – established a new partnership with a growing Chinese payment service company, Lianlian Group, by means of equity investment and technology authorization.
AmEx said on January 18 that it will license its digital wallet Serve – a next-generation commerce technology developed to target lower-end consumers – to the Zhejiang-based Lianlian Group. The Chinese company will be allowed to apply the technology in its payment services, but will not necessarily use the Serve brand. Continue reading
Jan. 20 – The effects of climate change could seriously damage the Chinese economy in the near future, according to the Chinese government’s latest research into the phenomenon. Both food and water supplies are threatened with critical shortages, while an increase in flooding and drought could ravage vulnerable areas.
The 710-page “Second National Assessment Report on Climate Change” was published last year, but only recently entered the public domain. Authored by teams of government-supervised scientists, the report builds on an initial assessment conducted in 2007 to provide evidence and forecasting which will shape, rather than set, government policy. Continue reading
By Vivian Ni
Jan. 18 – In its newest “12th Five-year Plan on Greenhouse Emission Control (guofa  No. 41),” China has set its new goals of reducing carbon emissions in the next five years and called for pilot programs that aim to promote a low-carbon economy.
The newly released Plan aims to reduce China’s carbon intensity – the amount of carbon emitted per unit of GDP – by 17 percent by 2015, compared with 2010 levels. Energy consumption intensity by GDP will also be reduced by 16 percent during the same period. Continue reading
Posted in Economy and Politics, Legal and Regulatory, Manufacturing, Regulatory Update, Science and Tech, Technology
Tagged Carbon Tax, China Carbon Dioxide Emission, China Carbon Emission, China Carbon Emission Right Exchange, China Carbon Trading, China Greenhouse Emission, China New Energy, China New-energy Vehicles, China Non-fossil Energy, EU Emission Trading System
Dec. 23 – In the pursuit of a more environmentally friendly economy, the Chinese government has recently laid out a blueprint on pollution reduction goals between 2011 and 2015. Experts believe the new plan will shift the future investment focus in China from infrastructure development to “green” projects.
The “National 12th Five-year Plan on Environmental Protection (guofa  No.42),” released by the State Council on December 15, complimented China’s achievement in pollution control over the past five years and set new goals for the future. Continue reading
Posted in Economy and Politics, Legal and Regulatory, Regulatory Update, Technology
Tagged China 12th Five-year Plan, China Air Quality, China Emission Reduction, China Environmental Protection, China Green Industry, China Pollution Control, China Soil Quality, China Water Quality
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Dec. 15 – China Briefing has launched its mobile app today, with the full website contents being available as part of an application that also bundles together the India, Vietnam, Russia, Mongolia Briefing websites, and 2point6billion.com (emerging Asia) plus a Dezan Shira & Associates section that deals with legal and tax regulatory updates in all these jurisdictions. The app is a free download, and is currently for iPhone. Blackberry and iPad will be available from next week, while the Android version will follow early next year.
Updated every hour, we provide real time news and opinion on matters affecting investment into these countries and regions from the top legal and tax professionals at Dezan Shira & Associates – Asia’s largest independent business advisory practice. Continue reading
Dec. 14 – China Briefing has just released the fourth edition of its regional business guide “The Greater Pearl River Delta: Business Guide to South China” – offering business-minded individuals an up-to-date reference source for all of the key issues concerning setting up and successfully operating a business in South China.
By leveraging its proximity to the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau, the Pearl River Delta (PRD) became the “Greater PRD” – China’s manufacturing heart and a region connected not only through financial ties but through a web of government initiatives to encourage its integration. This has included Closer Economic Partnership Arrangements and massive infrastructure developments such as the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.
Having risen to prominence around the pillar cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen, the Greater PRD today is the home of high-technology in China. While Hong Kong is the regional management center for many high-technology firms, Shenzhen, Dongguan, and Guangzhou are being joined by Zhuhai and Huizhou as centers for the manufacturing of high-technology goods. Continue reading
Posted in Business, Economy and Politics, FDI and Foreign Trade, Manufacturing, Markets, Shipping & Logistics, South China, Technology
Tagged China Briefing Regional Guides, Doing Business in China, Fujian, Fuzhou, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guangzhou, Haikou, Hainan, Hong Kong, Macau, Pearl River Delta, Shenzhen, South China