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Zhibin Gu: China, India, new world map vs global financial crisis

by globalization, politics, management forum Saturday, Jun. 06, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Is global financial crisis reshaping world leadership and lifestyle? Are surging China and India to bring new world leaders in finance, banking, politics, and management? Which nation to lead 21st century, India, China, US, or Europe? Is a trade war coming? Get timely information and analysis from a timely book guide.

Get inside knowledge and analysis from finance and management guide book: China’s Global Reach

Borderless Business, National Competition, Politics, and Globalization (book excerpts)

by George Zhibin Gu


China, United States and Global Development

by Andre Gunder Frank

Part V

Globalization in Light of History


(1). For ages, East and West have moved on independent orbits. The divergence widened even more when Europe expanded globally starting some 600 years ago. Outward expansion and exploitation was the passion of the day. Along the way, the Industrial Revolution took place. This has offered vast advantages to the West, which quickly altered global map in all sorts of ways. The vast advantages in the traditional farming societies like China and India were gone. Consequently, China and India, among other developing nations, tried hard to close their doors as a way to fend off the Western expansionist power.

(2). But as time went by, the waves of industrialization and development reached Asia. It started with the smaller Asian nations and regions like Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and Malaysia. Among them, Japan’s influence was the biggest. This group of new players altered the global economic map significantly. However, Japan’s retreat since 1991 has opened doors wide for Western Inc. to tap into Asia in big ways.

(3). Today, one most significant change is happening with China and India. Their full embracing of globalization is bound to create vast effects. Though both nations started this new growth at an extremely low level, their speed and scale is unprecedented. Also unprecedented are the new opportunities rising from these frontier markets.

(4). Like never before, all developing nations are in a hurry in participating in the world development as now. The sudden surge of so many late developers has created vast new opportunities for the world. Now wealth creation is truly a global affair. No nation can truly refuse to take a part in this new movement without producing a mess for itself. More significantly, the entire world is moving toward the same development orbit for the very first time in man’s history.

At the same time, sharing and collaboration as well as competition and learning have rapidly become a new norm for global life. This trend will only strengthen as benefits go to all participating parties. Hence, the world enters a new era, the era of great emergence of global civilizations. Though still at the very beginning, its development can hardly be reversed despite all the worries and conflicts.

(5). But challenges are plentiful as well. The old world order is centered on the developed West, which can no longer fare well with the changing realities. Hence, there is an urgent need to create a new mindset. But reaching the stage is easier said than done; and

(6). For China’s sustained growth, there is an urgent need to walk out the old bureaucratic framework. China’s new socioeconomic forces as well its ever-increasing openness promote fundamental changes. At this time, opportunities and challenges are equally great.




Three New Lessons

Growing Up in China

Going International

Returning Home

This Small Book

The Big Picture


Part I China as a New Global Theater

1. Ambitions of Foreign Multinationals in China

Today’s Versions of Columbus and Magellan

International Rush

Why Are They Here?

Why China?

One Big Factory-Market

More Sectors, More Players

2. The Business of China Is Business!

“Empty Talk Destroys Prosperity!”

Foreign Bankers

Spouses and Children


3. Creation of a Global Manufacturing Center

Unexpected Contributors

Arrival of Indian Companies

A Crowded Market

Galanz: the Manufacturer of the World

Convenient Settings

Future Trends

4. The Ultimate Driving Force: Explosive Consumption

Unexpected Development

Impressive Outcome

Continued Consumption Surge

5. Sharp Rise of Private Sector

One U.S. Banker’s Discovery

40 Million New Businesspeople

Rural and Urban Entrepreneurs

Buttons Create a New Industrial Town

Jinjiang, Fujian: Biggest Exporting Center for Sport Shoes

Low-End Players

6. All Players Are Important

Competing International Players

Auto Market

International Banks

International Listings

Consumer Views

Part II Global Interactions, Business Dealings, and Job Transfers

7. Learning - A Big Industry

Demand for Education

A Top School

International Involvement

8. The Officials’ Global Reach

Officials Lead the Way

Guangdong versus Inland

Abolishing Bureaucratic Tricks

International First

New York versus Beijing

9. “Capital Is Not Enough”

No Shortcuts

Two Lessons to Remember

Volkswagen versus Beijing Jeep

“Capital Is Not Enough”

Ericsson’s Seven Mistakes

Bashing Carrefour

10. Global Job Transfers

One International Question

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 III China’s New International Experiences

11. Price, Price, Price

A Chinese Edge

GE in China

Japan’s Global Efforts

Cisco versus Huawei

Microsoft in China

Global Price Reductions

12. When Can Chinese Companies Become Global?

Weakness at Home

Foreign Observations

Low Benefits for China

State Banks: “The Troublemakers”

A Long Way to Go

13. Chinese Multinationals

Some Sizable Chinese Companies

Buying Into International Markets

Overseas Operations

Creating More Partnerships

14. Bringing Foreigners In

Trade Fairs

Industrial Parks

Foreign Acquisitions

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

15. Problems Outpacing Solutions

The Ownership Issue

State Assets and Death on the Nile

“Two Pockets of the Same Jacket”

Lack of Weapons and True Owners

16. How Can a Man Still Wear Baby Clothes?

Credit Crisis and Banking Problems

The Richest Man in Shanghai

Corruptive Partnerships

17. Crises of State Sector

Rapid Changes in the Managerial Class

Hiring Foreign Managers

Long Live Competition!

Reform Difficulties

Painful Layoffs

Government Trimming

18. When Can China Achieve Meaningful Restructuring?

A Saturated Market

Difficulties for a Rational Order

The CEO in China and Elsewhere

Who Is Responsible for Wealth Creation?

Buying Parties Ready?

Need for Greater Determination

19. Employment Traps

Resident Permits

Lives of the Migrants

Employment Difficulties for Other Groups

Death of a College Graduate

20. Bureaucratic Tails

Tails Everywhere

Lucky International Players

“The Red Building”

Part V Globalization in Light of History

21. 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

22. Universal Companies and Global Expansion

Bigger and Bigger Multinationals

First Strategy: A Strong Home Base

Second Strategy: Creating a New Form of Dominance

Third Strategy: A True Global Reach

China’s Participation in the World Economy

23. 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

Global Development Orbit

24. How Does China Achieve Sustained Growth?

A Great Paradox

Effective Government, Different Role

The Big Picture

A New Model

Getting Out of the Box

A New World Order

Afterword: China, United States and Global Development

by Andre Gunder Frank



George Zhibin Gu is a journalist/consultant based in Guangdong, China. A native of Xian, he 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.

For the past two decades, he has been an investment banker and business consultant 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, joint ventures, venture capital, business expansion, and restructuring.

Also, he is a journalist focusing on 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: How Entrepreneurship, Globalization, and Borderless Business Reshape China and World (Fultus, 2006), and Made in China: Players and Challengers in the 21st Century (English edition forthcoming; Portuguese edition, Centro Atlantico, 2005). He is a member of World Association of International Studies hosted by Stanford University.

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