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Chinese development strategies

by China venture news Saturday, May. 06, 2006 at 4:49 PM

Vast business opportunites from China

China: global business and expansion strategies

by China Venture News www.chinaventurenews.com

While Americans listen to the debate in the U.S. Congress about how to isolate America by erecting trade and investment barriers with China, our global trading partner is fully embracing globalization.

Dr. George Zhibin Gu's book "China's Global Reach" arguably advances China's modernization and reforms. In sharp contrast to policy shapers adherence to reports by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, Gu, an investment banker and business consultant, does not inject any gloomy forecasts about China's fast march into the world community.

China has indeed learned from America's or more specifically Silicon Valley's achievements in science and technology. The Middle Kingdom's national strategy for Research and development (R&D) has escalated more than 20 percent since 1995 with impressive results, in stark contrast to the 6 percent spent in the United States.

Gu writes " that this is a creative era for China. And one most unexpected outcome is the existence of a new manufacturing center, coming to life seemingly from nowhere."

Few observers can dispute the Chinese innovation in multinational firms like Huawei in telecommunications equipment, Lenovo's advances in computers, and the Haier Group in appliances and electronics, all based on a successful export-oriented strategy of brand-name recognition, and of course, a leading edge R&D program.

Maybe American manufacturing needs to simply renew its embrace of globalization with the same spirit of optimism and competitiveness now found along the ancient silk road in Xi'an.

New Book: China's global reach: markets, multinationals, and globalization

Author: George Zhibin Gu;

Afterword by Andre Gunder Frank

Publisher: Trafford



Contents of book

Introduction

Growing Up in China

Going International

Returning Home

This Small Book

Acknowledgements

General Notes

Part I China as a New Global Theater

Chapter 1 Ambitions of the Foreign Multinationals in China

Today’s Versions of Columbus and Magellan

Why Are They Here?

Why China?

One Big Factory-Market

More Sectors, More Players

The Business of China Is Business!

Chapter 2 Creation of a Global Manufacturing Center

Stock Market With No Charter

Arrival of Indian Companies

One U.S. Banker’s Discovery

Tens of Millions of New Businesspeople

Rapid Development Driven by Shortages

Business Elements, Strong and Weak

A Crowded Market

Convenient Settings

Future Trends

Chapter 3 All Players Are Important

Competing International Players

International Banks

International Listings

Consumer Views

Chapter 4 Learning—a Big Industry

Demand for Education

A Top School

International Involvement

Chapter 5 The Officials’ Global Reach

Officials Lead the Way

Guangdong versus Inland

Abolishing Bureaucratic Tricks

International First

New York Versus Beijing

Chapter 6 “Capital Is Not Enough”

No Shortcuts

Volkswagen Versus Beijing Jeep

“Capital Is Not Enough”

Ericsson’s Seven Mistakes

Bashing Carrefour

Chapter 7 “Why Is China Still a Developing Nation?”

Hiring by Foreign Multinationals

New Era of Global Job Transfers

Job Worries Around the World

Hiring by Chinese Players

Global Job Transfers: China Versus India

Part II China’s New International Experience

Chapter 8 Price, Price, Price

A Chinese Edge

GE in China

Japan’s Global Efforts

Cisco Versus Huawei

Microsoft in China

Global Price Reductions

Chapter 9 When Can Chinese Companies Become Global?

Weakness at Home

Foreign Observations

Low Benefits for China

State Banks: “The Troublemakers”

A Long Way to Go

Chapter 10 China’s Global Reach: Alternate Strategies

International Efforts

Bringing International Business In

More Exchanges and Widening Channels

Buying Into International Markets

Creating More Partnerships

Foreign Acquisitions

Part III China’s Reform at Home: The Unfinished Task

Chapter 11 Problems Outpacing Solutions

State Assets and Death on the Nile

“Two Pockets of the Same Jacket”

Lack of Weapons and True Owners

Chapter 12 How Can a Man Still Wear Baby Clothes?

Factories and Highways Are Not Everything

Credit Crisis and Banking Problems

The Richest Man in Shanghai

Chapter 13 Crises and the Forward Movement of the State Sector

Rapid Changes in the Managerial Class

Long Live Competition!

Reform Difficulties

Painful Layoffs

Government Trimming

Chapter 14 When Can China Achieve Meaningful Restructuring?

A Saturated Market

The CEO in China and Elsewhere

Who Is Responsible for Wealth Creation?

Buying Parties Ready?

Need for Greater Determination

Chapter 15 Employment and Other Traps

Jobs, Personal Freedoms, and Opportunities

Lives of the Migrants

Employment Difficulties for Other Groups

Death of a College Graduate

Chapter 16 Other Uncertainties for the Business World

Tails Everywhere

Lucky International Players

“The Red Building”

Part IV Globalization in Light of History

Chapter 17 An Unbroken Circle?

The British Isles as a Global Center

China’s Missed Opportunities

The U.S. Way: Dumping Losers

Expansion and Wealth Creation, Past and Present

Chapter 18 A New Global Trend: Mega-Companies and Global Expansion

Bigger and Bigger Multinationals

First Strategy: A Strong Home Base

Second Strategy: Reducing Players and Creating a New Form of Dominance

Third Strategy: A True Global Reach

China’s Participation in the World Economy

Chapter 19 More on the Circle

Who Has Affected Globalization the Most?

First Factor: Japan’s Global Reach and Retreat

What Is Going On in Tokyo?

South Korea: Glories and Bubbles

Second Factor: Asia’s Financial Crisis

Third Factor: The World Trade Organization

Unexpected Developments

Chapter 20 The World Watches: How Does China Achieve Sustained Growth?

A Great Paradox

Effective Government, Different Role

A New Model

Getting Out of the Box

China’s Best Choice: A New Society

A Great Convergence

Laws

About the Author

George Zhibin Gu, a native of Xian, obtained education at Nanjing University in China and Vanderbilt University and the University of Michigan in the United States. He holds two MS degrees and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Since 1990, he has been an investment banker and business consultant. He has worked for the last 15 years in the investment world with a focus on China. His work focuses on helping international businesses to invest in China and the Chinese companies to expand overseas. He has worked for Prudential Securities, Lazard, and State Street Bank, among others. He generally covers mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, business expansion and restructuring.

Also, he is a commentator on a changing China in relation to global development. His articles or columns have appeared in Asia Times, Beijing Review, The Seoul Times, Financial Sense, Gurus Online, Money Week, Online Opinion, Asia Venture Capital Journal, and Sinomania, among others. He is the author of three additional books, China Beyond Deng—Reforms in the PRC (McFarland, 1991), China and New World Order (Lulu, 2006), and Made in China – Players and Challengers in the 21st Century (Portuguese edition, Centro Atlantico, 2005). He is also a member of World Association of International Studies hosted at Stanford University. He now resides in Guangdong, China.

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