The August issue of China Economic Review is now out, online and in print.
Our cover story is on the much ballyhooed Olympics, which is a year away. We have company profiles of national champions Lenovo and Li Ning, plus a look at the games’ impact on marketing, technology and China’s public relations situation (Genocide Olympics, anyone?). Given the euphoric state of the markets today, we also have a crystal-gazing piece on the possibility of a post-Olympics crash.
We have a special report on retail banking, with a focus on China Merchant Bank, which is the local pioneer in that area.
Our columnists are in full force. The mysterious Web Worm resurfaces for his quarterly take on tech and telecom, this time worming his way through the 3G situation here. Philip Bowring wonders if Taiwan’s presidential election next year could lead to reconciliation with Beijing while Duncan Freeman writes on elections in Europe and their impact on China. Ken DeWoskin asks if the product safety imbroglio could knock China’s export machine off its pace. The always reliable Fat Dragon chips in with his piece on the Hong Kong handover anniversary.
In Podium, where minds smarter than ours give their expert advice, we have a guide to the Foreign Investment Partnership Law, which gives foreign firms a new way to enter the China market.