Category Archives: Current Affairs

And Here Come the Microfilm Regulations

In the Hutong Beijing Youth Politics College 1603 hrs A few weeks ago, we noted that the growing phenomenon of microfilms – motion pictures produced inexpensively with digital technology and distributed online – was becoming too popular to long avoid … Continue reading

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Five Predictions: China’s Business Environment in 2014

Hutong West Sunday Afternoon Countdown to Morning in Beijing 1526 hrs.  Much ink and focus has been given of late to understanding China’s political evolution. Too little, on the other hand, has been given to what it will all mean … Continue reading

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Big Pharma, Bad Medicine, and What GSK Can Teach MNCs in China

Hutong West Watching Louis Malle films 0813 hrs I’m a little late to the bar with my take on this, but here it is, in three parts. Experienced China hands – go straight to the third section below. When I … Continue reading

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China and Soft Protectionism

In the Hutong What, cold again? 2142 hrs. Though we may not be talking about it much, those of us who watch China for a living are looking forward with a mixture of dread and anticipation to the upcoming “two … Continue reading

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Business and The Xi Team: Focus on the Drivers

In the Hutong Information coma 1958 hrs. Over the last couple of weeks, several people have asked me what the changeover in the Communist Party leadership will mean for international business in China. The short answer is that if I … Continue reading

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The Economist Nails the Case for Elections in Hong Kong

Leaving aside any ideological preferences one might have, The Economist makes a realist’s case for elections in Hong Kong. In this case, though, there are practical reasons for China allowing a proper election, with non-acceptable candidates running too. It would … Continue reading

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Railway Reform is Coming to Town

In the Hutong Managing Chaos 1311 hrs. In a characteristically articulate editorial last week, Caixin called for an extensive overhaul of China’s Ministry of Railways (MoR) in the wake of the high-speed train crash in Wenzhou on July 23rd. The … Continue reading

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