Online video platform LeTV believes its new smartphone can demolish competition. Is that too wild an ambition?
Uber has plunged headlong into China’s immensely complex and hypercompetitive transportation and taxi app market. Can it win?
Joel Backaler, author of China Goes West, talks of the globalization of Chinese companies and whether or not the West needs to be wary of them. Chinese companies are globalizing at an unprecedented rate. While Lenovo is now the world’s largest PC maker, Haier is the world’s largest consumer appliance manufacturer. Huawei has been giving […]
Brand strategist Martin Roll talks about the state of branding in Chinese companies and strategies that will help build truly global Chinese brands. Lenovo. Baidu. Alibaba. Huawei. Haier. Tencent. These are just some of the Chinese companies that have seen phenomenal growth over the past decade or so. But how many Chinese companies have really […]
Is Huawei’s global branding push enough to erase the memory of public blunders and herald the next step toward global success? It’s difficult to recall a case of more corporate schizophrenia in the past two years than that of Huawei, China’s largest maker of telecommunication network equipment. When Eric Xu, Huawei’s Executive Vice President and […]
Does the Alibaba IPO have the potential to change the perception–and fortunes–of other Chinese companies in the US? China may be the United States’ third-largest trading partner, but most Chinese business in the US is still conducted from a distance. With a handful of exceptions, Chinese brands are almost entirely unfamiliar to Americans, although most American homes are […]
Francis Hu, COO and CFO at 3M China, talks about the company’s ‘location management’ strategy and the opportunity in China’s push towards domestic consumption. The 3M Company, the American multinational giant that gave the world Post-it Notes and the Scotch-Brite scouring pads (and also adhesive tapes for Frank Gehry’s iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall in […]
What are foreign production companies up against in the race to win in China, the world’s second-largest movie market? When Iron Man 3 hit screens in China, audiences were rather unimpressed by the four minutes of extra footage that was added especially for the domestic market. While some deemed the inclusion of an extra scene […]
How private Chinese companies are navigating mergers and acquisitions in the US. At times, the obstacles seemed insurmountable. The acquisition of A123 Systems, an American manufacturer of lithium ion batteries, by a Chinese auto parts maker named Wanxiang triggered vehement opposition in the US. Lawmakers protested that the technology being sold to the Chinese had […]
Can Chinese sportswear brand Li-Ning overcome its past mistakes? In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, legendary Chinese gymnast Li Ning epitomized the image of a powerful, rising China when he soared across the Bird’s Nest in one of the Olympics’ arguably most unforgettable moments. The image of a rising China did not just end there, for […]