Learning Chinese- Couldn’t have said it better

Living in China you meet all sorts of expats living here with varying degrees of Chinese language grasp/abilities.  There’s a fine range of those who’ve studied Chinese both here and in their home countries to those who can barely scratch out a Ni hao (hello). In terms of doing business in China David Dayton writes…

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The Shenzhen Universiade-less than a month to go

If you’ve not been to Shenzhen recently, you’re in for quite a change!  The skies have never been bluer (well gray now b/c of all the rain), the air never more humid, streets a little less smelly than now.  Factories are being closed, cars pulled off the roads (voluntarily actually- no joke), and street vendors…

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Coming to Shenzhen?

I got into an argument with a couple of drivers this past weekend when they said that they needed 3rmb for the fuel surcharge that the Shenzhen city government imposed on those using taxis.  The whole idea behind it is a bit confusing.  the initial cost for taking a cab is 10rmb.  so if you…

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Buyers helping buyers! the backbone of CSIC

As a start up company of less than 1 year, we at the China Sourcing Information Center have tried countless ideas to try and get our knowledge and information out to the sourcing community.  While certainly networking on the internet has helped us reach many new buyers, one method always seems to work the best-…

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The China Sourcing Information Center- live in Hong Kong!

For the next 3 weeks, the China Sourcing Information Center will be in Hong Kong at the Asia World Expo  hosting Global Sources’ New Buyer’s conferences- “What New Buyers Need to Know”. This is a highly educational seminar series focusing on best practices that any buyer can employ when sourcing from China (whether highly experienced,…

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China has a labor problem

At least along the east coast (especially in Guangdong province).  As hard as it may seem to believe it, yes we’re seeing a labor crunch here in Shenzhen.  David Dayton of SRI can’t say it any better “We just have to push back our completion/start dates and move on” Though I can’t say this is…

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Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

There’s a nice piece just recently posted to Asia Times Online about Intellectual Property Rights (better known as IPR) in China.  China is the copy capital of the world with everything from Luis Vitton to eggs being copied to make a quick buck.  It’s one of several reasons why foreign companies don’t invest in China-…

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