In China with Michelle Zou

In China with Michelle Zou

“In China with Michelle Zou” features interviews of thought leaders and executives combined with experts in a range of industries. We reveal their thoughts and personal stories about the various opportunities manifesting with China’s economic development and social changes. From our guest Chinese and foreigners who have lived in China, you will learn valuable information about today’s China and how it relates to you. China has risen to become the second largest economy in the world. China’s incredible opportunities are attracting people from all over the world, no matter if you are a business leader, a manufacturer, a trader, a professional, an artist, or a student. What does China look like today? What opportunities does this huge market has for you? How can you seize those opportunities? This show will help you find your own answers. You will discover opportunities that you can tap into in China and understand how you can ride with the tide to grow your career or business.

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September 10, 2020 56 min
In the June 2020 report, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasted that global GDP would contract by 4.9% in 2020, the U.S. economy is expected to contract by 8% and the European area by 10%. But China's economy is forecasted to grow by 1%, the only country with a positive growth over 2019, in part because the country got a head start on its recovery. Therefore, China may become a more attractive market to many western ...
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Effective communication is very important to a company’s success in markets, especially when western brands enter and operate in China. We have heard stories of well-known American or European brands stumbling in China. In this episode, Mr. Steve Drake, a long-time public relations veteran who has helped launch Walmart and Budweiser into China back in the 1990s, will share with us strategies for brands that went to China, issues t...
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Many Israeli startups are very successful in the US market, so what is the secret sauce for their success in the US? And what part of that recipe can be relevant to another big, but very different market, China? What would work or not work when foreign startups come to China? Rami Blachman, a US/Israeli technology entrepreneur and venture capitalist, and founder of the China Israel Innovation Accelerator (CIIA), will share with...
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Aaron Rose, an investor, board member, corporate advisor, and co-founder of multiple companies, has been doing business in China for near 20 years. His blog “Solutions for a Sustainable World” offers useful research information, resources, and his thoughts about the technology industry. In this episode, Aaron will share with us the trends he has observed in China, what opportunities he has seen as an investor, and his personal exp...
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What can the combination of Blockchain and IoT (Internet of Things) help industries transform in today’s world? What are some examples in the market today? Karl Weaver, Global Business Development Director of aitos.io, a Chinese startup builds trusted identity authentication and privacy-preserving data computation solution for the enterprises of AIoT, made a claim that “China is leading in Blockchain and IoT Industries.” I invite K...
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Covid-19 has changed the life for every human being in the world, no matter where you are on the earth. The pandemic started two to three months earlier in China, and by June, most people have returned to work or school, thanks to the Chinese government’s effective control of the virus. How does it look like in China now? Is people’s life back to normal? How has Covid-19 changed business in China? And, very importantly, what can b...
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Small and medium companies often find it is difficult and expensive to get legal services when doing business in a foreign jurisdiction, especially when language and culture are different than your own country. What are some fundamental legal side factors that companies should know when doing business in China? What can be potential risks if not considering these things? In this episode, Mr. Tianpeng Wang, a New York and China q...
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In mid-May of 2020, US President Donald Trump said the US 'could cut off the whole relationship' with China as tensions escalate during the pandemic. Experts say ‘the US and China have entered the beginnings of a new Cold War’. What impact has this situation brought to the Washington State, a state whose No. 1 trade partner is China? How can American businesses maintain relationships with China during such difficult times? ...
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By 2025, China will be the largest aviation market in the world. Analysts forecast, in the next 20 years China will add an additional 8,000 new passenger aircraft, and this demand will create huge opportunities to the entire aviation supply chain. In this episode, Mr. Van Yun Gao, Managing Director of IASC (International Aviation Supply Chain) Leadership Summit, will share with us their research and market insights of the China av...
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In our last episode, Dr. Badri Narayanan talked about the impact of the tariffs to the US and China Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry, and what companies can do to deal with this impact. In today’s episode, I invite Dr. Narayanan back to talk about his latest research in understanding the potential economic impact of COVID-19, and share with us his insights from this work. Dr. Narayanan is an Economist with M...
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Our last episode was with Seattle Economist Spencer Cohen on the Impact of the Phase I trade agreement between the U.S and China, and the unexpected COVID-19 to this deal. In today’s episode, Dr. Badri Narayanan will help us deep dive into the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry and understand what kind of impact the tariffs are bringing to US and China, and what companies can do to deal with this impact. Dr. N...
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What is the Phase 1 trade agreement between the U.S and China? What does it mean for businesses in the US and China? And what is the impact of the unexpected COVID-19 to this deal as well as to the businesses? In this episode, Dr. Spencer Cohen will share his thoughts on these questions. He is a Senior Economist from Community Attributes Inc., a Seattle-based research and data analytics consulting firm. He has lived and studied ...
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The number of Chinese students studying in the US colleges and universities has increased 3.7 times in the past ten years, from 98,235 in the school year of 2008-2009 to 369,548 in the school year of 2018-2019, according to statista.com. Why have so many Chinese students chosen US for their higher education? And what kind of opportunities have been generated by this trend? In this episode, Professor Yan Zeng, CEO & President...
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Mobile payment is ubiquitous in China and it is enabled through a different way than in the western world. According to eMarketer, in addition to the pervasive usage at ecommerce through online mobile payment, proximity mobile payment users in China is 577.4 million (by far the largest in the world), with a penetration rate of 81.1% of smartphone users. China is steadily marching toward a cashless society, enabled by Alibaba’s Ali...
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If you are visiting China for the first time, you will be amazed by its modern cities with stunning high-rise buildings scoring to the sky. Today’s China has a strong appetize for innovation and creativity, and that also reflects on how the government wants its cities look like. Real estate development in China is booming for the past 4 decades, and developers are not shy from recruiting world-renowned architects to turn rural ar...
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Chinese investors have been riding the US commercial real estate (CRE) wave, the total investment in the US rising up rapidly from the ground in 2011, peaked at $16.2B in 2016 then dropped over 55% in 2017 after China's government announced efforts to restrict outbound investments in foreign real estate, according to Cushman & Wakefield. Ms. Hui Tian, architect and Founder of a Seattle company Studio 19 Architects, shares ...
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September 19, 2019 31 min
We all know China has emerged to the second largest economy in the world during the past decades and Chinese are rich, however, some rural areas in China are still underdeveloped, and school children are studying in poor condition and hardship. In year 2000, a group of volunteers in Seattle started a charity China Tomorrow Education Foundation (CTEF) to help support schools and students in rural China to improve education, and Den...
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In our last episode, we talked about the trends of Chinese investment in the US commercial real estate market. In todays interview, I invited a US Top 1 percentage real estate agent Janice Cai to share with us some insights she has gained in the residential real estate side. More importantly, Janice will help you understand what the cultural differences are between American and Chinese people, and how important it is to understand...
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In the past decade, Chinese investment in the US commercial real estate market was like riding a roller coaster, rising up rapidly from the ground in 2011, peaked at $16.2B in 2016 then dropped over 55% in 2017 after China's government announced efforts to restrict outbound investments in foreign real estate, according to Cushman & Wakefield. Holly Yang, senior vice president of Kidder Mathews, the largest private commerci...
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Intellectual Property Protection is one of the major hot negotiation points in the US and China Trade Talks. What is the IP protection situation today in China? What can foreign companies do to protect its IP? What are the different categories of intellectual properties you should consider protecting? In this episode I have invited International Business Attorney Ian Yanhui Yang back to the show, to share his knowledge and real...
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