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  • About the Author: David Hoffman

    David Hoffman is senior vice president and managing director of The Conference Board China Center. Based in Beijing, Hoffman is responsible for the center’s strategy, research agenda, research p…

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07 Mar. 2018 | Comments (0)
An interview with David Hoffman, Managing Director of the Conference Board’s China Center
Market shake-outs – as typical of creative destruction cycles, even those with “Chinese characteristics” – should yield better operating conditions ov…

05 Sep. 2012 | Comments (0)
China’s Show Trial of the Century
Ma Jian is an exiled Chinese novelist and essayist (author of “Red Dust: A Path Through China” (2001), Beijing Coma” (2008) and other works). This pie…

04 Sep. 2012 | Comments (0)
Editor at Communist Party Mouthpiece Blasts Leaders
This close to the 18th Party Congress (est. late October or early November) a piece this critical is highly unusual. It is clearly designed to admonis…

04 Sep. 2012 | Comments (0)
How Crash Cover-up Threatens Career of Hu's Top Aide
This is the type of egregious inequality by Party elite – conspicuous wealth, debauch behavior, extra-legal treatment, and blatant cover up – that cou…

04 Sep. 2012 | Comments (0)
How bad is China’s cash crunch?
This piece does an excellent job describing the confluence of variables that are creating a cash crunch for China’s corporate sector – slowing externa…

04 Sep. 2012 | Comments (0)
The Ever-Increasing Hunger for Steel
Industry is a critical driver of China’s economy (near 50% of economic activity), and steel is an essential input to industry. Hence steel is an impor…

30 Aug. 2012 | Comments (2)
Right Move in VAT Direction
Tax system reform – long delayed and much overdue – is a major item on China’s reform agenda, and of critical importance to all businesses operating i…

30 Aug. 2012 | Comments (0)
The South China Sea's Gathering Storm
This OpEd provides a short, succinct summary of the current disputes between China and its neighbors regarding various island groups in the South Chin…

30 Aug. 2012 | Comments (0)
“Respecting Elders” to Gain Fresh Meaning
This piece provides interesting perspective on how the thinking of government leaders in China regarding potential solutions to social problems – for …

30 Aug. 2012 | Comments (0)
Renminbi Slide Raises Stakes for Beijing
In mid-2011 we began to develop and convey thinking to members that questioned the sustainability of the RMB’s perennial appreciation sentiment. Amids…

28 Aug. 2012 | Comments (0)
Central SOEs Paid RMB 1.8 Trillion in Taxes and Fees in First 7 Months of 2012
Is tax enforcement being stepped up for SOEs? This snippet suggests so. If it is so, and it becomes a trend, it should contribute to a more level play…

23 Jul. 2012 | Comments (0)
For China, Too Much Steel Isn't Enough
Steel is a pillar industry in China, and one very important bellwether for the overall economy. This article provides a good summary of the current si…