Global Economy, Competitiveness, Government Policy, Economic Environment, Labor
While there is no debating that China must engage in acceptable trade practices, the world must recognize significant shifts in the Chinese landscape. Far from just slowing, China is seeing changes to its growth composition and to its potential growth that might turn the economic policy focus more inward, although, without a doubt, China will remain a critical player on the global economic stage. A broad understanding of such shifts in the nation is needed for an optimal answer to the “China question.”
Global Economy, Competitiveness, Foreign Trade, Operations, Supply Chain, Logistics
China aspires to create a New Silk Road—a massive trade loop spanning three continents. Through the project, the government intends to diversify and increase alternative energy supplies, create an infrastructure network to boost trade with Eurasia, and promote the economic development of some of its relatively poor provinces.
Global Economy, Money & Finance, GDP, Government Finance
Estimated at RMB 10.7 trillion as of the end of 2010, China’s local government debt has expanded rapidly over the past several years. The country's fiscal position, however, is not yet an acute concern and will not likely pose immediate threats to economic growth.
China achieved its position as the largest manufacturing economy through extremely fast growth in physical volume of manufacturing activity and modest inflation. When accounting for population, however, China has high manufacturing intensity for a developing economy but is well behind advanced countries such as the United States.
Global Economy, Economic Environment, Labor, Leadership, Human Resources, Recruiting & Hiring
After three decades of fast economic expansion, China’s labor market has gone through significant changes. While the dwindling supply of young migrant workers has been widely reported for several years, the growing skills shortage is now attracting more attention. The potential talent pool appears to be enormous and so the talent shortage challenge seems puzzling.
China produces some 95% of rare earths but controls less than half of the global resource base. The country achieved this dominant position by lowering prices. Attractive pricing and the ability to avoid environmental consequences associated with mining and processing rare earths essentially prompted other countries to cede such operations to China.
The relationship between the two economic juggernauts cannot exactly be characterized as free trade nirvana, and there is a growing sentiment in the United States that China has not fully lived up to the commitments it made when joining the WTO. This is fueled in no small part by concern over the massive trade surplus China has built up with the United States, its largest trading partner. By deliberately undervaluing its currency, critics charge, China has propped up its export-dependent growth model.