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How China’s best performing brands localise for the China market

In recent years ‘localisation’ has been one of the buzzwords for foreign ...

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Understanding Legal Proceedings in China

For foreign investors running businesses in China, it is very likely that they would ...

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Taking Golden Bay to Beijing

From the remote South Island coastal community of Golden Bay, a natural health company ...

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eGates Open to Chinese Travellers

The first Chinese travellers to officially use the Customs eGates (formerly known as ...

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Mandarin language assistants welcomed

Forty eight Mandarin Language Assistants were officially welcomed to New Zealand ...

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NZCTA Monthly Column

NZCTA Monthly Column

By Tony Alexander, BNZ Chief Economist Data released a few weeks ago show that the Chinese economy’s growth rate slowed from 10.4% over 2010 and 9.2% over 2011 to an annualised pace of 8.1% during the March quarter of this year. Now one can rightly express doubt about the accuracy of figures for such a diverse...

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The 7.5% Growth Target. Undershooting Unlikely

The 7.5% Growth Target. Undershooting Unlikely

The 7.5% Growth Target. Undershooting Unlikely By Tony Alexander, BNZ Chief Economist There was much excitement mid-March when the Chinese Premier announced a target for annual GDP growth during 2012 of 7.5%. This was the lowest such annual target ever set and because growth in China’s economy has already slowed...

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Deepen All-round Cooperation and Usher in a Brighter Future

Deepen All-round Cooperation and Usher in a Brighter Future

Deepen All-round Cooperation and Usher in a Brighter Future Speech by H.E. Jia Qinglin Chairman of the National Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Of the People’s Republic of China At New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre Of Victoria University of Wellington...

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Be Like the Crocodile in the Yangtze River

Be Like the Crocodile in the Yangtze River

Be Like the Crocodile in the Yangtze River Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba group and the king of e-commerce in China, once famously said “eBay may be a shark in the ocean, but I'm a crocodile in the Yangtze River. If the crocodile fights the shark in the ocean, it will lose, but if we fight in the river, we...

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NZ COMPANIES NEED TO FORGE AHEAD WITH RMB PLANS

NZ COMPANIES NEED TO FORGE AHEAD WITH RMB PLANS

PBOC ANNOUNCEMENT MEANS NZ COMPANIES NEED TO FORGE AHEAD WITH RMB PLANS, SAYS HSBC Recent announcements from the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) that it is in the process of upgrading its payments systems to make it easier to clear RMB across its borders, suggests that this is yet another move towards the...

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NZ's Role in China's Spending Shift

NZ's Role in China's Spending Shift

New Zealand's Role In China's Spending Shift By Tony Alexander, Bank of New Zealand Chief Economist One of the most interesting things about the massive growth in China’s economy over the past three decades is that it has not come about as a result either of a grand 1960s-type communist plan or of a typical...

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NZ-China Relationship - How Far We've Come

NZ-China Relationship - How Far We've Come

By Tony Alexander, BNZ Chief Economist I’ve been spending the past few weeks looking at the economic relationship between New Zealand and China and have one over-arching observation to make. When China is discussed in the New Zealand media it is almost never in the context of how we can manage the relationship in...

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30 Years of NZCTA

30 Years of NZCTA

By Bruce Kohn Deng Xiaoping, architect of China’s market reforms, told cadres of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on 16 January, 1980: “The role we play in international affairs is determined by the extent of our economic growth”. The remarks are especially apt in the...

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NZCTA: The value of a contrarian perspective

NZCTA: The value of a contrarian perspective

“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.” – Thomas Watson...

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NZCTA: Rabbit to bring calm, tranquility and good negotiations?

NZCTA: Rabbit to bring calm, tranquility and good ...

The Rabbit is said to bring a year somewhat more tranquil than its predecessor, the Tiger, where you can “catch your breath and calm your nerves”. It’s a good year to conduct negotiations and public servants and leaders can look to the Rabbit, whose “soft speech and graceful and nimble ways embody...

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Overseas buyers a blessing to struggling farms

Overseas buyers a blessing to struggling farms

Contrary to public opinion, there is no queue of foreigners to buy farmland in New Zealand. Many farm owners have been seeking capital to pay down debt, expand or exit. Some have been trying for more than a year, such as the Crafar farms in receivership, Graeme Hart's dairy farms and others less well known....

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NZCTA: Opening Up Elements of a China Strategy

NZCTA: Opening Up Elements of a China Strategy

In its most recent publication, “A Goal is not a Strategy”, the NZ Institute scolds the lack of strategy to accompany our current heady goal to match Australia’s per capita GDP by 2025. In fact, we seem to recall that former Opposition Leader and career strategist, Don Brash actually did come up with a...

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