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China Blogs


  1. Differing expectations for CSR engagement and communication: the Chinese public vs. the American public
    What drives the public’s evaluations and expectations of corporate social responsibility (CSR) communication in a global environment? Although companies have embraced CSR has a key business strategy, globalization has introduced new challenges for public relations practitioners seeking to engage audiences on a global level.
    (China Center Blog, August 2018)

  2. China’s new pollution tax – a breath of fresh air for MNCs, but with important risks to monitor
    China’s new Environmental Protection Tax Law (EPT Law) came into effect on January 1. It replaces the old Pollutant Discharge Fees System. Taxation could increase, as more headroom for localities allows to set higher tax rates. Some leveling of the playing field is possible, as non-compliance and tax evasion are addressed. Supply chain costs may be impacted.
    (China Center Blog, July 2018)

  3. All Signs Point to Much Stronger Environmental Protection in China
    Last winter’s air pollution control plan in the larger Beijing area was unprecedented both in scale and intensity. The action plan was part of a much broader, central government-led effort to tackle China’s pervasive air pollution problem and significantly ramp up environmental protection efforts in general. It is highly unlikely at this point that the government will backtrack on this issue, given the long-term economic and political ramifications of doing so.
    (China Center Blog, June 2018)

  4. Will China out-innovate its global competitors?
    While China is poised to become an innovation challenger, will it out-innovate its global competitors? Our research finds that compared to the U.S., twice as many CEOs in China say they have an actual process in place for measuring innovation.
    (China Center Blog, May 2018)

  5. Planning for China-US trade tensions -- insights and resources from the Conference Board
    The Conference Board China Center has been tracking US-China trade relations very carefully over the past 18 months, and we recommend that our members review several key pieces that we sent out previously which anticipated the events now transpiring and outlined a range of important planning assumptions for MNCs.
    (China Center Blog, March 2018)

  6. 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 over the longer-term, especially for competitive firms. At this critical juncture, executives need to understand the gamut of potential China exposures facing their companies – both positive and negative – so that they can position their companies to exploit associated opportunities and mitigate risks.
    (China Center Blog, March 2018)

  7. Two-Child Policy Won't Produce a Baby Boom
    Despite the end of the one-child policy in 2016 and hopes of a new “baby boom,” the reality is that China’s attempt to politically reengineer its demographic outlook will require decades, not years.
    (China Center Blog, February 2018)

  8. CFIUS Reform Set to Disrupt Business as Usual for MNCs in China
    The reform and empowerment of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has the potential to dramatically disrupt many traditional partnership approaches MNCs have been using in China for many years – including co-investment arrangements that have become popular recently.
    (China Center Blog, February 2018)

  9. Assessing the comparative economic risk levels of Chinese provinces
    Data show provincial economic risk levels generally decreased in 2016; heading into 2018, the risk status is likely similar, or even improved, since YE2016. However, risk levels remain elevated.
    (China Center Blog, February 2018)

  10. Is China's intangible investing catching up? Not yet.
    Intangible assets are especially important for China. Its remarkable rapid growth over the past three decades has enormously enlarged China’s manufacturing relative to that of the US, but in terms of labor productivity China appears to still be far away from American levels.
    (China Center Blog, January 2018)