Category Archives: Europe

Expecting a soft landing, unless Eurozone collapses – Shaun Rein

Despite softening growth figures, China’s economy will see a soft landing, tells business analyst Shaun Rein the BBC. That is, unless the Eurozone collapses, then the country will face serious trouble.

Taiwan turns to Europe for heli’s – Wendell Minnick

As a first sign Europe might be turning away from its weapon embargo against Taiwan by deploying three Eurocopter EC225 helicopters, sending a message to Washington, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News.

France top-destination for luxury travelers – Rupert Hoogewerf

France is the top destination of luxury traveler, followed by the US and Australia. The Maldives, Switzerland and Dubai are the fastest growing, tells Rupert Hoogewerf, founder of the rich list in the Shanghai Daily.

China offers Africa more leverage – Howard French

Former colonial powers have been anxiously watching how China has been entering Africa. While it is too early to give a final verdict, former foreign correspondent in Africa and China Howard French sees more positive than negative effects, he tells in AllAfrica.

Even Chinese do not want “made in China” – Bill Dodson

Chinese brands are associated with cheap, chintzy and unaccountable, even for the Chinese writes China veteran Bill Dodson, author of the upcoming book “China Fast Forward”, on his weblog. Chinese brands are looking for a clean Western image.

Five Chinese hit Hurun’s Global Rich List – Rupert Hoogewerf

The famous Hurun’ Rich List released its Global edition of 83 individuals with 10 billions US dollar or more in assets, Hurun’s founder Rupert Hoogewerf told news agency Xinhua. Five of them are Chinese.

Why the Chinese do not buy American stuff – Paul French

Chinese might consume more than ever, they certainly do not buy as much as previously anticipated, and certainly not that much American stuff. Retail analyst Paul French looks into the issue at The Daily Star.

Economy slows, but not falling off the cliff – Arthur Kroeber

China’s economy shows a slight slowdown, and some economists predict it is the beginning of the end of China’s growth story. Not true, says economic analyst Arthur Kroeber in the New York Times. Despite a dreadful European economy, China is doing ok.

Fine chocolate: the ideal China gift – Shaun Rein

The Europeans, especially the Belgians and the Swiss, bring China the ideal gift for the wealthy: chocolate. Shanghai’s World Chocolate Wonderland showcases. Fine chocolate is high on the agenda of affluent shoppers, tells business analyst Shaun Rein in the Financial Times.

Lack of institutional trust hampers computer industry – Tricia Wang

People and institutions in China’s computer industry do not trust each other, stalling innovation, argues sociologist Tricia Wang on her weblog. Without trust there will be no collaboration, and no innovation.