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Two Threats to the Big China Dreams of Zara and H&M

H&M and Zara are two companies I pay a lot of attention to in China. They have great business models. Fast fashion is really impressive in general. They are popular with Chinese consumers. They are both following market leader Uniqlo in terms of expansion into second and third tier cities. They seem to be growing […]

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The Very Symbolic Collision of Sotheby’s-Christie’s and Poly-Guardian in China Art (Pt 2 of 2)

*The following is an excerpt from our One Hour China Consumer Book (which is available here.). In Part 1, I told about how Christie’s and Sotheby’s have been involved in Chinese art for decades – and have recently entered China directly. This puts them in basically the wild west of the art world. Part 1 […]

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The Adventures of Sotheby’s and Christie’s in the Wild West of Chinese Art (Pt 1 of 2)

*The following is an excerpt from our One Hour China Consumer Book (which is available here.). “In September 2013, premier art auction house Christie’s held its first-ever auction in China. They have had a representative office in Shanghai since 1994. And they have been running auctions out of Hong Kong for decades. But this small […]

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My Favorite China Articles for August 2017

Hello from Peking University, It has been a summer full of news about Chinese bike-sharing. Mobike and Ofo are going global (UK, Italy, Japan) and their media coverage has been almost overwhelming. I have been looking at these and other Chinese “sharing economy” companies a lot. And I just did a visit to Mobike’s headquarters […]

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My Visit to Mobike Headquarters and What I Learned From Founder Hu Weiwei (Pt 1 of 2)

In late July, I did a tour of Mobike’s headquarters in Beijing – and I had a fascinating talk with founder Hu Weiwei and VP of International Expansion Chris Martin,. It was a fantastic experience and I left with a much better appreciation of the rocketship ride the company has been on. I am writing […]

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At Home And Abroad, Chinese Companies Can Beat You Fair And Square

*The following is an excerpt from our new One Hour China Contrarian Book (which is available here.). “Jonathan Woetzel (McKinsey & Co, Peking University) and I have written three speed-read China books together. In this latest one, we have put together a collection of our essays that basically make four main contrarian points. These are: […]

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Starbucks Big Success in China Has Been Surprisingly Painless

Multinationals and entrepreneurs come to China dreaming of 1.3B consumers. But what they actually encounter is a sea of ruthless competitors and pervasive political challenges and complications. It’s a ferocious market and most fail. A rare few fight their way through, ultimately arriving bloodied at a certain level of success, or at least a viable […]

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The Awesome Story of Wang Shi and China Vanke (Part 2 of 2)

*The following is an excerpt from the One Hour China Book, for which a new 2017 version is available here. In Part 1, we laid out the early history of China Vanke founder Wang Shi. Following a string of successful deals in 1980’s boomtown Shenzhen, he made his first entry into real estate in 1988. […]

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The Awesome Story of Wang Shi and China Vanke (Part 1 of 2)

*The following is an excerpt from the One Hour China Book, for which a new 2017 version is available here. “China Vanke is a real estate company that has no equivalent in the West. The company’s revenues are greater than the top four American real estate developers combined. It has built more apartments than any […]