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Saturday, March 27, 2010

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Doing business in China getting tougher for U.S. companies?

Good article in the San Jose Mercury News - Doing business in China getting tougher for U.S. companies.

Key Points:
  • 37 percent of tech companies complained of lost sales because the Chinese government favors products from local companies.
  • Many U.S. companies, said one example of the new hurdles its members face in China is government procurement policies requiring that products contain intellectual property developed and owned in China.
  • Tech companies also chafe against rules that require their products adopt China's local technology standards. That means they often must create two versions of a product: one for China and one for the global market.

The reason for the IP policy (owned and developed in China), as well as forcing licensing to Chinese partners if you want to do business in China is the Chinese government wants to be creating IP, and not just a low cost place for manufacturing. China tried to do this with their own 3G standard, which was a failure. They have also tried for their own WiFi standard, which is the reason the current iPhone sold in China does not have WiFi.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

China takes lead in clean-power investment

China takes lead in clean-power investment - LA Times.

Peter Drucker had a famous question, "Are you doing the right work?" The question for China and other countries, are they making the right investment in clean energy? Some countries have made massive investments in alternate energy that do not make economic sense (Spain is an example of this). The challenge is making the right investments in alternate energy that provide a long term benefit.

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China & Godaddy

Godaddy is the largest domain registrar in the world. They will no longer sell .cn domains, since China started to demand more info. about their users. Network Solutions is also pulling out.

I am also a GoDaddy user.

In response to new rules, GoDaddy to stop registering domain names in China - Washington Post


In December, China began to enforce a new policy that required any registrant of a new .cn domain name to provide a color, head-and-shoulders photograph and other business identification, including a Chinese business registration number and physical, signed registration forms. That data was to be forwarded to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), a quasi-governmental agency. Most domain name registries require only a name, address, telephone number and e-mail address.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

In China, the poor stay poor, the rich get ... Tibetan mastiffs?

In China, the poor stay poor, the rich get ... Tibetan mastiffs? - LA Times.

My family is a Golden Retriever family :=) Having Golden Retrievers were a fad in Taiwan for a while.

I am now on my third Golden Retriever. I had one as a child. Then after I got married my family had another for 17 years. Super smart dog, may be to smart. And then we just adopted one from a shelter that is being challenging - he likes to chew...

References:

From Taiwan with Love - Golden Retrievers

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Google - What Now?

My 2 cents :-)
  1. China did not expect Google to do what it did. Forwarding Google.Cn to Google.hk
  2. China's government will "suggest" to Google's partners within China, to find another partner. This will substantially reduce the revenue for Google within China.
  3. China's Golden Wall will continue to censor individual Google pages from Google.hk that Google.cn as accessed from within China.
  4. China's government is going to be very careful on dealing with Google and has not decided how to react yet, beyond the suggestions to partners and blocking individual page results.
  5. China's government has lost face by how Google has thought outside the box.
  6. China's government considers control of information of the Internet within China as key to continuing in power. They don't want an Orange or Green revolution to happen within China.
  7. China's government is favoring Chinese companies over foreign companies. And government run companies over private Chinese companies.
  8. Microsoft will not follow what Google has done.
  9. Leaving China has helped Google's reputation worldwide.
  10. In the long term leaving China as Google has done may actually help it.
References:

Google Faces Fallout as China Reacts to Site Shift - NY Times.
Google does the right thing in China -- will Microsoft follow? - Washington Post
Google or China: Who Has More to Lose? Room for Debate - NY Times.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

One Google, One World; One China, No Google

Great analysis!

One Google, One World; One China, No Google

I disagree on one minor part only :-)

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Google Elegant Solution to their China Problem

Official Google Blog: A new approach to China: an update

Google reply to China is very subtle and elegant.

Google forwarded Google.cn to Hong Kong, where Google.hk is hosted.

My 2 cents:

1. Google HK is still in China.
2. China has made the statement that their employees in China are not involved.
3. Now the responsibility for blocking is with China's government.
4. Google keeps their word by removing censorship, while not directly going against China's law.
5. Google wants to keep their other operations in China.

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Taiwan's Hot Springs

Taiwan’s Steaming Pools of Paradise - NY Times.

I have heard so much about how great the hot springs are in Taiwan.

Of course he is another way of treating them after an earth quake - From hot springs to a big stink - latimes.com

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10 Tips for a Chinese Tutor

Some quick thoughts:

1. You are the boss, and the tutor is your employee. So make sure your Chinese tutor understands what you want to accomplish and has a plan. Treat your tutor with respect, but good communication is key. Getting feedback after every lesson is good for both the tutor and you. Ask your child how the tutor is doing and what you learned this week!

2. To make progress in Learning Chinese, a curriculum/textbook helps with a framework and structure. There are brilliant Chinese tutors who don't need this, but for the other 95% this helps a lot. When interviewing a tutor, ask about what materials they plan to use. When selecting a curriculum, it helps to find one that is a good fit for the tutor. ChildBook has lots of sample pages to help tutors choose the right one.

3. Ask about their experience and how they would handle potential issues, such as your child not doing their Chinese home work.

4. Talk about Home Work and have clear expectations in this area. Some Chinese parents expect their kids to be given lots of homework.

5. Ask your tutor what extra material would be helpful and compliment their tutoring. Coloring Books, CDs of Chinese Songs/Stories, DVD's, and Flashcards can all add a lot to teaching Chinese. Games are another great way to Learn Chinese.

6. Have the tutor you are considering hiring do a sample lesson with your child. See how they interact. I would pay for the lesson no matter what. Just because a person is a native speaker of a language does not automatically make them an excellent teacher. And it has to be a good fit with you, your child, and the tutor.

7. Your place or theirs. If you can have the tutor come to your house. This can help your time a lot. Driving can take a lot of time.

8. The tutor may need their own set of textbook to work with your child, so you may need to buy two sets.

9. College Students vs. Professional. If you have a local college you may want to consider using a college student. Or the significant other of a college student.

10. The tutor can also be a role model for your child, so you may want to consider this when hiring a tutor.

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Rio Tinto Update

Rio Tinto Workers Admit Accepting Bribes in China - NY Times.

Very strange what has happened now...

Jerome Cohen, a professor at New York University and an expert on China’s legal system, says he is troubled by the closed nature of the proceedings Monday, and the government’s attempt to turn this into a bribery case.

“The first thing they did to quell foreign protests was to reduce it to trade secrets,” Mr. Cohen said in a telephone interview. “The second was to discredit the defendants in the eyes of their employers. It was a brilliant move. But there are a lot of unanswered questions. A bribe for what? What did they do for it? Was it with Rio Tinto’s knowledge?”


Reference: Rio Tinto

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Saving the Google students

With times of budget cuts in education, I do see school libraries as being important. To teach students that not everything you read on the Internet is true is a major task. The ability to question and analyze, and do research. Internet searches are great tools, but it is a huge challenge to find good information. Wikipedia is a great tool, but there are often inaccuracies, some of them deliberate.

I like this quote:

And to most kids, whatever they read on the Internet is "all good." I've been told, quite emphatically, that the Apollo moonwalk never happened, the Holocaust was a hoax and George W. Bush orchestrated 9/11 -- all based on text, photos or videos found online.

Saving the Google students - LA Times.

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Over Reactions to Chinese Paper?

A Chinese graduate student wrote a paper on attacking the US power grid. Why? Because the data was available, where in other countries it is not. The paper created quite a stir and the question was it an over reaction with a bit of paranoia? What type of image is being projected by China to the US? How is China being perceived?

My 2 cents...

I understand the concern in the US, since the Chinese government has built up large and state of the art cyber force and seems to be using it. The hacking of Google, along with 26 other US companies was impressive. But it still has not been proven that Chinese were behind it, may be, some computers in China had been hijacked. And no, I don't want to buy a bridge in brooklyn :-)

The US has a cyber force, but due to legal issues such as liability has not used it against other countries in retaliation to cyber attacks. Due to the legal issues that have not been resolved yet, I don't see the US using their cyber attack abilities yet. I do worry that a lot of computer networks in the US, including power companies, are very vunerable. If Google can get hacked, I don't have faith that a power company is unhackable.

Academic Paper in China Sets Off Alarms in U.S. - NY Times.

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More China Vs. Google

It seems before Google made it's announcement that the Chinese government was also beating it up through the state media with false accusations. Probably as a way to indirectly help Google's Chinese competition.

For Chinese people, loss of Google would mean 'nothing but darkness - Washington Post

The question is what will Google continue to operate in China? It seems the search part will stop, but will other services continue?

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Guess which dinner this was?

Great article - America's Real Dream Team - Thomas Friedman

Guess what formal dinner had these guests...

Linda Zhou, Alice Wei Zhao, Lori Ying, Angela Yu-Yun Yeung, Lynnelle Lin Ye, Kevin Young Xu, Benjamin Chang Sun, Jane Yoonhae Suh, Katheryn Cheng Shi, Sunanda Sharma, Sarine Gayaneh Shahmirian, Arjun Ranganath Puranik, Raman Venkat Nelakant, Akhil Mathew, Paul Masih Das, David Chienyun Liu, Elisa Bisi Lin, Yifan Li, Lanair Amaad Lett, Ruoyi Jiang, Otana Agape Jakpor, Peter Danming Hu, Yale Wang Fan, Yuval Yaacov Calev, Levent Alpoge, John Vincenzo Capodilupo and Namrata Anand.

No, sorry, it was not a dinner of the China-India Friendship League. Give up?

O.K. All these kids are American high school students. They were the majority of the 40 finalists in the 2010 Intel Science Talent Search, which, through a national contest, identifies and honors the top math and science high school students in America, based on their solutions to scientific problems. The awards dinner was Tuesday, and, as you can see from the above list, most finalists hailed from immigrant families, largely from Asia.

Finish the article America's Real Dream Team - Thomas Friedman

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