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Is China still the global manufacturing hub?


Activity in China’s manufacturing industry has been shrinking at a quick pace in the last four years, missing also the market expectations in the last news reported on January. The official purchasing managers’ index (PMI) registered a weak level of 49.4 in January, compared with the previous month’s 49.7 and below the 50-point mark that … Continue reading

Ghost cities show China crisis, but is the Chinese furniture market still interesting?


Yujiapu is one of the most impressive ghost cities in China. An almost empty agglomerate of half-finished buildings and skyscrapers modelled on Manhattan’s skyline. Many say it’s one of the most scary landmark of China’s failed ambitions: a ghost city that was once supposed to become a world financial centre. Many others say it’s an … Continue reading

Cool War: United States and China in the future of the global competition


Are we on the edge of a new Cold War era? Or, alternatively, every power struggle mindset has to be considered a lost legacy of the XX century and we’re headed to a new era of global cooperation? These are the big questions opening Cool War by Noah Feldman, a must read essay on the … Continue reading

China’s emerging cities offer a land of opportunities for foreign investors


While looking at the opportunities in the Chinese markets, many companies and observers are lately focusing on the so called “second-tier cities” that offer huge business chances compared to the traditional urban centres that drove the development in the last decades. 2014 was a great year for the Chinese economy: a slower but solid 7.4% … Continue reading

China’s startup scene: the new companies to watch


While everybody focuses on the success of Xiaomi, the Chinese success story of a startup founded in 2010 that sold over 61 million devices in 2014, there’s a growing startup scene that is definitely reshaping the international scenario of the tech industry. Xiaomi is developing its international expansion, mainly focusing on South-East Asia, India and … Continue reading

China: the tricky chessboard of the free trade agreements


US and China are facing each other with similar but opposite strategies in the whole Asia-Pacific area: The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), of which China isn’t a part, and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) led by China and the ten nations of ASEAN that will create a regional free market of more than 3 … Continue reading

China: Revving up for e-learning market opportunities


The e-learning market has been reshaped by the widespread of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) set up by a large range of top players globally: from the established Ivy League universities to the most daring projects set up by innovative outsiders like Udacity or Khan Academy. Many powerful projects achieved great results in a very … Continue reading

Pioneering digital marketing in China


The Chinese market is a key target for global luxury brands and export oriented companies focusing on high-end quality products and services. Setting up a marketing strategy could be the hard part of the job, even for brands and companies that are well established in western countries. Chinese customers are increasingly using digital channels and … Continue reading

Chinese wine market: bright horizons for foreign producers?


The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) reported the increasing relevance of Chinese consumption trends in its last global report. China is the 5th market in the world, with a wine consumption value of over 15 million hectolitres (Mhl) per year, not too far from traditionally strong target countries like France, USA, Italy and … Continue reading

Growing opportunities in China for Italian design


Italy decided to boost its export of design and furniture products towards the Chinese market, with an official trade promotion programme “La Cina Arreda Italiano” organised by the Italian Trade Commission and the main industrial associations (Federlegno/Arredo – COSMIT, Confartigianato, CNA). The programme focuses on interior design products, one of the traditional Made in Italy … Continue reading

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