China Insights

GCiS shares a mix of China economy and business observations, industry articles based on recently published multi-client reports, infographics composed with public statistics and annual reviews of China demographics.


The Chinese Industrial Swarm

Having been here so long, sometimes the scale and the speed are taken for granted, not noticed in the day-to-day. But once in a while, China jumps out and smacks a surprise into the face of all, even us. Last week in Shanghai was just such a moment.

It’s not Shanghai that surprises so much, but the sight of China’s Industrial Swarm that startles. Much is written in the West of China’s trade and industrial policies, but nothing that I have seen accurately describes the scale, speed and nature of what happens. The conception seems to be that there is some small group of autocrats that make a policy and send out the orders and that the country marches to their tune. There are industrial policies, and they are made in China’s own view of what is best for China. But that is not how it works. How it really works, and what it means is what I’m going to try to describe below. Now China does use other policy sets, frequently, but the Swarm is special and deserves to be segmented out for description.

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Key China Issues - China Entry Guidelines

The purpose of this section is to explore some key issues of this market. 

Should Your Company be in China?

Many companies in the US and Europe are no doubt are viewing China with a combination of interest and puzzlement. The promise of this market is undeniable, but can also be a difficult market to crack, and cannot be approached in the same way as Western Markets. Who is right for China, and how should one proceed in dealing with this market?

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Letter from China, 2019

- Written at the year end of 2009.

It’s 2019 already, here in China. The PRC is getting ready to celebrate it’s 70th anniversary, and as usual everything is being cleaned up and made presentable. The mood is generally positive, and skies are a shade bluer in Beijing and other large cities compared to 2009, or 1999. It seems like 2009, with the world in recession and globalization itself even in question, was a long time ago. Looking back, the attitudes in that period seem a bit strange- such as talk of deflation, with the world just now getting over another major run of inflation. Hindsight certainly helps.

Many things are quite different since 2009, but others very similar. Let’s take a brief look at how things stand now, especially in comparison to that period 10 years ago. We’ll look at this in four areas: the economy, political risk, foreign companies in China, and key trends. We’ll skip anything cultural, sporting, etc. After all, we know what has happened, some of which - like Brazil and Germany winning recent World Cups- one did not need a crystal ball to predict.

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Opportunities in China's Green-Tech Sector

Regulatory reform has paved the way for green-tech opportunities, but economics will determine what succeeds.

This article explores opportunities in the vast green-tech sector in China, including conventional power, alternative energy, transmission, green building materials, water treatment technology, transportation and consumer products. It also offers discussion on the regulatory environment, investment opportunities and most likely future trends for green technology in China.

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China's Green Building Materials Market: Trends and Opportunities

This article is based on a GCiS multi-client report: China Green Building Materials Market Research Report

The scale of both construction and energy consumption provide unequalled opportunities in China’s green building materials. But a fragmented market and uneven enforcement of efficiency standards in high growth regions is throwing down hurdles for suppliers.

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