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The Bad Business of Intellectual Property Theft

Guest post by Courtney Gordner   There are many things at the heart of ongoing complaints about China and intellectual property theft. As a long and often contentious history between the United States and China exists, some of the negative perceptions of Chinese and Western businesses can in fact be blamed on a combination of...

What’s New in LCB – June 2014

Here at LCB we’re always staying current with the pulse of Chinese business activity around the globe, and the following is a short update to communicate with our readers on some recent happenings.  We’ll be experimenting with this format and other ways of keeping our community members in the know on a regular basis, so...

Interview: The CareVoice Looks to Mobile to Enhance Patient Experience

Guest article by Thibaud Andre   In the dynamic business environment of Shanghai, several French startups are creating new trends and have caught the attention of the digital market. The CareVoice is one of these startups that are quickly evolving thanks to an innovative idea adapted to the market, a mobile application that offers the...
4 Lessons You Can Learn from eBay’s Failure in China

4 Lessons You Can Learn from eBay’s Failure in China

. Guest post by Courtney Gordner   When it comes to companies expanding into foreign markets for the first time, there is no such thing as “too big to fail.” Instead, the observer may find that this old adage instead holds true: the bigger they are, the harder they fall. In this way, an American...
Understanding China’s Countryside Market

Understanding China’s Countryside Market

Featured article from Digital Jungle   In 2012, the Telegraph reported that for the first time in history, China’s urban population exceeded that of its rural countryside.Even though China’s cities now hold approximately 51.27% of China’s nearly 1.35 billion people, the over 650 million rural dwellers should not be forgotten when Western brands market to...
Does Alibaba IPO Signal China Has Surpassed US Economy?

Does Alibaba IPO Signal China Has Surpassed US Economy?

Guest post by Courtney Gordner   Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant is set to become the largest initial public offering in American history. Many feel that the future of investment by Americans in Chinese businesses hinges on its success or failure as an IPO. Thus far, all signs point to success. During its filing, the...
The One Hour China Book: Two Financier-cum-Professors Attempt the Impossible

The One Hour China Book: Two Financier-cum-Professors Attempt the Impossible

Book Review: The One Hour China Book: Two Peking University Professors Explain All of China Business in Six Short Stories by Jeffrey Towson and Jonathan Woetzel, pp. 132, Towson Group LLC Every few months it seems, another well-regarded journalist or veteran businessman goes on a two week trip to China, and comes back ready to slather...
Did US Company Herbalife Take the Pyramid Scheme to China?

Did US Company Herbalife Take the Pyramid Scheme to China?

Guest post by Courtney Gordner   US company Herbalife Ltd. has had a great deal of success recently expanding into China. This is worrying for some Chinese business analysts as Herbalife is considered to be little more than a scam. It’s possible that would-be Chinese entrepreneurs are being taken advantage of. In the United States,...
How to Approach Individual Income Tax Returns as a Foreigner in China

How to Approach Individual Income Tax Returns as a Foreigner in China

Guest article by Thibaud Andre   The system of tax in China can be complex to navigate, especially when you’re a foreigner. How much do you have to pay? Is it the same if you’re working for a China-based company or for a company located abroad? These are questions which can be difficult to answer,...
Strategies for Actively Engaging Modern Chinese Tourism

Strategies for Actively Engaging Modern Chinese Tourism

Featured article from Digital Jungle   A booming economy and expanding middle class with newly disposable income has made China the number one most sought after outbound tourism market in the world. Nearly 100 million tourists from mainland China went abroad in 2013 and set a new record with total expenditures of $102 billion in...
Live Music in China and the Importance of Giving Face

Live Music in China and the Importance of Giving Face

  Photo credit: Andy Best, Kungfuology Guest article by Michael Hurwitz China is home to an increasingly diverse array of foreign nationals. As it began opening up to the world in the 1970’s and 1980’s, business executives, students, and technical specialists were generally the only types of foreigners to be found here, but with globalization...

Shopping for Items at Chinese Online Marketplaces: Is It Safe?

Guest article by Courtney Gordner   It’s hard to keep your eyes from getting as big as saucers when you first get a glimpse of the discount prices on some consumer items in China, which range from tablets, to jewelry, to the latest fashions. Many of these can also be found on Chinese shopping sites...