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Cadence Column: Asia, August 6, 2018


Apple sales are up in China, which creates a problem on two fronts. First, the doomsayers were wrong about tariffs crashing economies. If the tariffs aren’t making a difference according to the globalist economists, then why did they object? They’re the “experts”, after all. Shouldn’t they have foreseen that tariffs wouldn’t matter? The second problematic … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, July 23, 2018


Central planning has only so much room for slight of hand tricks to keep up its sleeve. When the going gets tough, everyone goes home. For China, that means devaluing its currency, a complaint Trump has long lobbed against the trade giant. Maintaining good relations with Apple and almost achieving the manufacturing capability long held … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, March 5, 2018


China’s changes include finances as well as politics. As the US unrelentingly inches toward absolute denuclearization of North Korea—one way or another—China delays solidarity at the UN. China has no lack of mixed messages in other areas, such as Taiwan. Stepping up military drills near Taiwan while becoming more economically friendly to Taiwanese isn’t exactly … Continue reading

Apple disables news in China rather than censor service


Apple appears to be censoring content already downloaded to customers’ phones when those customers visit mainland China. Rather than complying with the country’s draconian censorship rules by censoring certain content, the company disables the app altogether when it detects that the user is in China. All users see is a blank news feed and the … Continue reading

Is China’s new ‘internet plus’ ambition all about new smartphones?


China’s ‘internet plus’ strategy, announced in early March, promised to integrate mobile Internet, cloud computing and big data for manufacturing and promote the development of e-commerce, industrial networks and internet banking. But how would this ambitious plan to transform the country into a digital economy work in practice? Already more than 630 million Chinese use … Continue reading

China’s protectionism intensifies in defiance of WTO rules: world’s leading technology brands dropped from approved state purchase lists


China has dropped some of the world’s leading technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more locally made products, in what some say is a response to revelations of widespread Western cybersurveillance. Others put the shift down to a protectionist impulse to shield China’s domestic technology industry from competition. Chief casualty … Continue reading

Apple’s iPhone problem in China has an answer


It’s been several days since the release of the new, less expensive iPhone 5C, and no one has quite gotten over how expensive it is. It’s a common view that pricing a phone that was supposed to appeal to the Chinese market at $735 in Beijing dooms the entire project from the start. The solution for Apple (AAPL) is to make buying … Continue reading

China’s Xiaomi’s app market has double downloads of competitors; international success could follow


Xiaomi, the break-out smartphone star of the Greater China market, is receiving lots of attention thanks to the somewhat salacious tale of ex-Android VP Hugo Barra and his recent move to the Chinese company. Xiaomi is looking to sell around 20 million smartphones by the end of 2013, and is doing so well that it’s challenging Samsung, a … Continue reading

Apple’s grip on China tablet market loosens


Apple’s grip on China’s tablet market has loosened as Asian tech companies increase sales with cheaper Android tablet computers, a market report showed Thursday. Dickie Chang, senior market analyst at research firm IDC, said Apple supplied 28 percent of tablet computers in China during the April-June quarter, down from 49 percent dominance a year earlier. … Continue reading

Apple CEO meets Chinese mobile carriers in Beijing


Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is in Beijing this week meeting with China’s largest mobile carriers as the company faces a tougher environment in its second-largest market. Mr. Cook met with China Mobile Ltd. Chairman Xi Guohua on Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the carrier said. Apple’s CEO also met with officials at China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. on Wednesday, a person … Continue reading

How the world benefits from Chinese piracy


Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman have a  fantastic article in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs about IP laws and piracy in China. The title, which I love, is “Fake It Till You Make It,” and the gist is clear: Given that Chinese copying has benefits as well as costs, and considering China’s historical resistance to Western pressure, … Continue reading

Did China just declare war on Apple?


Chinese state media reported that, from January of last year to the end of last month, more than 20,000 college students in the central city of Wuhan applied for 160 million yuan of “high-interest rate loans” from Home Credit China. Beijing’s saturation coverage mentioned Home Credit China’s unsavory lending practices, but that was not the primary point of … Continue reading

Wages rising in Chinese factories? Only for some


If we are to take recent news reports at face value, the collective conscience of the world’s consumers can be eased: conditions at Chinese factories are improving. Last year, The New York Times told us that these workers are “cheap no more.” This February, the Heritage Foundation, touting the virtues of global free trade, claimed that Chinese factory wages have risen … Continue reading

Volkswagen’s China unit to recall cars; another target of state TV


China’s quality watchdog told Volkswagen AG (VOW) to recall vehicles fitted with the direct-shift gearbox system, after Europe’s biggest carmaker was targeted at China Central Television’s (CCTV) annual consumer-rights day program. The program targeted several western companies, raising considerable criticism of CCTV from China’s netizens. The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine issued the order after tracking … Continue reading

Can we trust Foxconn’s new ‘democratic’ Chinese factories?


A few years ago, the multinational tech manufacturer Foxconn, a brand previously vaunted as a symbol of China’s 21st century industrial ascent, was marred by the image of miserable young factory workers flinging themselves off of buildings. The company rolled into damage control mode with typical efficiency. Along with emergency suicide nets installed outside dormitories came … Continue reading

Signs of changes taking hold in electronics factories in China


One day last summer, Pu Xiaolan was halfway through a shift inspecting iPad cases when she received a beige wooden chair with white stripes and a high, sturdy back. At first, Ms. Pu wondered if someone had made a mistake. But when her bosses walked by, they just nodded curtly. So Ms. Pu gently sat down and … Continue reading

China slams “distorted” view of copyright piracy problem


China’s top official in charge of fighting copyright piracy on Sunday slammed what he said was deliberate distortion of the problem by the Western media caused by the country’s poor global image, saying important facts had been ignored. Foreign governments, including the United States, have for years urged China to take a stronger stand against … Continue reading

China’s Taobao offers bizarre items for sale


If I were asked the question “what is it that has changed the life of common Chinese the most during the past five years,” my answer would definitely be Taobao.com.  Taobao is an online market place similar to E-bay. Since it was founded in 2003, the number of registered users of Taobao has increased from none … Continue reading

Win-win situation for local and foreign investors – bridging digital divide in China


Apple hasn’t had it easy in China. Back in 1998, Chinese company Proview, which has been semi-defunct for quite some time, produced a device that came to be known as Internet Personal Access Device or iPAD. Proview’s IPAD does not share any of the features of Apple’s tablet as we have come to know it, … Continue reading

Apple pays $60M to settle iPad case; Foxconn plans Brazil iPad factories


Apple has paid $60 million to settle a dispute in China over ownership of the iPad name, a court announced Monday, removing a potential obstacle to sales of the popular tablet computer in the key Chinese market. Apple’s dispute with Shenzhen Proview Technology highlighted the possible pitfalls for global companies in China’s infant trademark system. … Continue reading

Apple CEO wants to make less products in China


Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook said he would like to see more of the company’s products assembled at home than in China and contain more U.S. components such as semiconductors. Apple has been criticised for relying on low-cost Asian manufacturers to assemble its products and for contributing to the decline of the U.S. manufacturing … Continue reading

Lenovo to launch mobile devices facility in central China


Lenovo Group Ltd, the world’s No.2 PC maker by sales, said on Monday that it will invest about 5 billion yuan ($793 million) over the next five years in an integrated mobile devices facility in China to meet rising global demand for smartphones and tablet computers. The Lenovo (Wuhan) Industrial Base, located in the city … Continue reading

China iPhone sales surge, but can Apple protect its apps?


Apple Inc‘s blowout quarterly iPhone sales in China show that a barrage of bad publicity hasn’t dented demand. Now, it has to find a way to sell more smartphones in the world’s biggest mobile market, without its fans jumping the paywall. iPhone sales surged in China after Apple signed up China Telecom Corp to sell … Continue reading

Chinese investors scramble for a bite of Apple


China’s rigid capital rules ban its citizens from investing directly in Apple Inc but that’s not keeping them from seeking a piece of the iPhone maker’s success by buying shares in its suppliers – and even companies rumoured to be suppliers. Investors have flocked to the only two China-listed firms that Apple has confirmed as … Continue reading

Chinese Consumers Won’t Pay for Smart Phone “Crap Apps”


In the following article, the author draws on the recent news of Facebook‘s billion dollar acquisition of iPhone photo app company Instagram, to argue that a domestic (Chinese) Instagram “success story” is not currently possible due to China‘s inferior and shoddy app development, the prevalence of jail-broken and pirated iPhone apps, the consumer mistrust of … Continue reading

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