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John Findley is a China specialist having lived, off and on, in China for around 30 years. He now lives in Newcastle. He is a highly experienced senior executive and now runs his own migration business (a genuine independent contractor) supporting high-end executives to work in Australia.

Views on China from ‘on the ground’ August 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

From John, June 2015 (somewhere in China)
Hi Ken,

I spent an evening with the major shareholder of a Chinese auto manufacturer. He has a range of battery powered light trucks. Government has a direct action subsidy plan whereby the manufacturer of the truck actually gives it free to the user. No tax imposed, just direct action.

Polluting trucks are no longer permitted into the city of Beijing. Only 2 manufacturers of electric trucks have a license, including my friend. Theirs will be permitted into the city.  More...


Doing business in China as a ‘nano-business’ (an independent contractor))

Thursday, May 28, 2015

(Note: John is currently in China on a two-month work trip, travelling widely across China. This is his latest update from ‘on the ground’ in China)

The Chinese 7 per cent growth is outstanding, but it is likely that it will be resourced internally. There are indications that the mega construction boom is tapering. The China growth will be in tourism, domestic consumption, etc. The local market can supply the demands of those industries. That will reduce the need to import resources such as Australian iron ore. Reduce, not eliminate. More...


Are small business people tech dopes?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

This survey by Deloitte Access Economics suggests that small business people are low tech adapters. John argues there are other reasons. He asks: are SMEs tech savvy?

I believe there is a huge gap in the development and distribution of computer-based solutions for SMEs. More...


China's fast trains

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I don't know how to put into words the excellence of the trains in China. Today I travelled from Beijing to Jinan on the fast train—it's about 500km and took 1.5 hours. Compare that with Sydney to Canberra—about 300km and nearly 4 hours.

And the stations are just wonderful.  Our decrepit 150-year-old structures just make us look like the poor of Asia. More...


Imagine 100 million air conditioners turned off!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I’m still on the road in China, today in Beijing.  Along the way, I have been talking with many people.  It seems ordinary folks in China are doing it tough presently.
 
Inflation has been high for several years and prices of everyday items seem to me to be about 30% to 40% higher than a couple of years ago. More...


Contract law developments in China: October 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Important contract law developments in China are explained here.

Here’s a summary:
China’s Supreme Court continues to refine legal procedures.  The “Interpretation of the Supreme People's Court on Issues Concerning the Application of Law for Hearing Cases of Sale and Purchase Contract Related Disputes” came into effect in July 2012, addressing practical issues that have emerged since the 1999 version of the law.  It provides clarification in sales contracts. More...


Engage with China the right way

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I have a somewhat hazy recollection of a visit to the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce by a minister of the Keating cabinet in the early ’90s (going back quite a few years).
 
The minister addressed the Austcham with the message “Australia should engage with Asia”.  One wag at the rear of the room rose to his feet and pointed out, with great politeness, that the minister was addressing Austcham in Hong Kong and all members had been engaged with Asia for decades. More...


The reality of SME innovation

Friday, August 24, 2012

As an old engineer with decades of experience in Australian manufacturing, in large and small enterprises (before I pursued a career offshore), I feel that it is impossible for SMEs to introduce technological innovation, or at least the opportunities for technological innovation are extremely limited.
 
Recently the Prime Minister received a report 'Smarter Manufacturing for a Smarter Australia'.  The 5 key points made in the report are too rarefied to be actionable.  More...


China Cannot Stop; China Will Not Stop

Monday, August 20, 2012

I do not have extensive research resource, nor am I properly trained to make economic forecasts.  I just have 25 years living and working in many cities of China, a keen eye and an engineer’s training.    I frequently read erudite and well researched publications discussing a slowdown in China. More...