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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.

Mind expansion: Industrial internet

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

GE has produced an exciting view of the future of uses of the internet and computing: "The Industrial Internet: Pushing the Boundaries of Minds and Machines".

To me, as an engineer, this is an exciting view of productivity growth.  However, as a small business operator it raises more questions about how we (SMEs) can participate in the bounty and benefits of computing and the internet. The GE paper focuses on big business.  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...

More on why China will grow

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Here is a wonderful pictorial selection that explains why China will continue to grow. The pictures show the possessions of average Chinese families. China will move these people out of poverty.  But will China’s ageing population kill the growth? Have a look at this graph. 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...