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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.

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...


Open letter to Ken Phillips on management and SME employment

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hi Ken,
 
Did you see Richo's column in The Australian this morning?  I don't know what I can do or what ICA can do, but Richo is right.
 
I have years of experience in heavy and light industry; the workers are lovely people but they are not as adaptable as the dry economists wish they were. More...


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...


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...