Tony Alexander

Economic Commentaries

China’s Economy + RMB

Monday May 27th 2013

Analysing China’s economy currently is an interesting exercise. On the one hand almost all of the growth indicators look excellent by world standards, and not too bad by Chinese standards of the past few years.

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The Yangling Hi-Tech Agricultural Demonstration Zone

Monday May 27th 2013

Following the PM’s recent visit to China, and the April visit to NZ by the Chinese Minister of Agriculture, a number of new initiatives between NZ and China, including a signed strategic plan for cooperation in Agriculture between the two countries, have received media and industry attention.

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NZ’s Recent Delegation To China

Monday May 27th 2013

Sir Don McKinnon, Chairman of the New Zealand China Council writes about China and the recent delegation there of 150 New Zealanders.

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Three Reasons For Chinese Outbound Investment

Monday May 27th 2013

Whilst no overarching generalisation can be made with regards to the nature and reasons for investing overseas, there are three main drivers of outbound Chinese investment:

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Opening Doors To China

Monday May 27th 2013

A survey of US Business Councils found that recruiting and retaining staff was their main operational issue in China. It’s likely you will spend more time on HR issues in China than in any other market.

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China Growth Slows But Attention Is Elsewhere

Monday May 27th 2013

Attention on China’s economy in the international press and financial markets generally has eased off recently. This reflects two things. First is the settling of China’s GDP growth rate just below 8% with minor fluctuations upward and downward in recent months regarding growth being just above or just below 8% for this year.

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NZ-China Data

Sunday April 28th 2013

This is our monthly run-through of some data showing the NZ-China relationship.

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Some China Obsrvations

Sunday April 28th 2013

Last month’s column containing observations from a Chinese person regarding the NZ tourism experience elicited some good email feedback. Here are some of the comments received.

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China’s Economy + RMB

Sunday April 28th 2013

Some of the optimism about China’s growth this year has eased off in response to a string of weaker than expected data releases.

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Doing Agribusiness in China

Sunday April 28th 2013

Sharon Lucock, lecturer and PhD student at Lincoln University, gives the best run-through of reasons explaining how Chinese approach business relations with a Western company that I have ever seen. It s essential reading for those interested in understanding more about what motivates much Chinese behaviour they could currently be struggling to understand.

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