April 2012 Archives

Here's a little mental leap. In the last few years Beijing's subway has expanded substantially, especially after a building blitz before the 2008 Olympics. At the time, Chinese companies have entered the Fortune 500 in increasing numbers. What if you would literally put these two completely disparate phenomena together?


The result is this infographic. It illustrates the progression of Chinese companies in the Fortune 500 from 1994 (when the first Chinese company joined the list) with a visual reference to the expansion of the Beijing subway system from 1971. All but two of Beijing’s current 15 lines were opened in the last decade; in the same period, 47 of the current total of 58 mainland Chinese companies joined the Fortune 500. The circles around each company portrays visually the expansion in revenue of the companies at time of joining the Fortune 500 vs. currently. Note the subway map is not exhaustive of Beijing’s current subway system of 15 lines.

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Note: This infographic appeared on page 3 of the April edition of The China Analyst

The China Analyst - April 2012.jpgThis is the new edition of The China Analyst - April 2012. In this edition we ask you to prepare for a more competitive China. We ask you to change your perspective on China. 

How competitive is China really? It has changed a lot in the last three decades, yet now it is aiming to transition to innovation-driven competitiveness. If you apply a little imagination and envision where current trends are heading, you might be induced to change your opinion on China. This process has started happening in a number of industries, such as heavy and construction equipment, where Chinese companies have begun to shake up the competitive landscape, especially in emerging economies. Yet in various other industries as well a number of Chinese companies are approaching the 'technological frontier.' It is a process that is occurring in gradual steps, as Chinese companies adapt, improve and innovate, but it is a process that all companies in the world should be aware of and prepare for. 

In other usual sections we also look for example at how companies procuring from China are using the Product Positioning Matrix (China Sourcing Strategy), and we look at China in the context of the global debt landscape (China Strategy). In addition, we look as usual at the trade and investment landscape in four key geographies: China-Africa, China-Australia, China-LatAm, and China-Russia. 

To download this edition, please click on the link below, or see The China Analyst website at www.thebeijingaxis.com/tca