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In part one of this series, Mexico-China Economic Relations: New Administration, Same Old Shortcomings, I discussed how Mexico’s new federal administration does not seem to have a sophisticated strategy for dealing with China. In this post, I will discuss the implications of what appears to be the Federal Government’s China policy, based in large part on the actions it has recently undertaken regarding China. On December 20, 2018, ProMexico’s Director-General issued a communiqué stating…
The China Daily recently interviewed Felipe Garcia, Commercial Counselor of the Mexican Embassy in Beijing regarding Mexico-China relations. The gist of the interview was that Mexico-China relations would improve under Mexico’s new federal administration because both countries want closer relations and because China knows just what is needed for such closer relations. In the China Daily’s view (and presumably that of the Chinese government as well), closer relations are a near-certainty because the first ambassador…
Robert Walsh, sometime Seattle resident and long-time friend of our law firm (we worked on a number of China deals together and we — Dan and Steve — met up with him on our last trip to Myanmar), has spent the last four years in Myanmar, where he operates a vibrant business consultancy. Robert is fluent in Chinese and Korean and, amazingly enough, Burmese (multiple dialects), having learned Burmese while working in the U.S. Embassy…
  By: John DiDominic* With all that has been happening with China lately on trade, Thailand is emerging as a highly attractive investment destination. Thailand has consistent and well-defined investment policies, increasing regional connections, and a government committed to improving its transportation infrastructure. It also (for the most part) has had long-term political and economic stability. Thailand is Southeast Asia’s second largest economy with a well-established market system. In addition to being an attractive production…
On this Thanksgiving Day, we want to take time out to express those things related to China for which we are thankful. Just to be clear, we are focusing on China, not because we think China takes priority over everything else (because it does not), but because this is a China blog. So with that caveat, here goes: 1. We are thankful for our readers, here and on our Linkedin and Facebook pages. We are thankful…
Because of this blog, our China lawyers get a fairly steady stream of China law questions from readers, mostly via emails but occasionally via blog comments or phone calls as well. If we were to conduct research on all the questions we get asked and then comprehensively answer them, we would become overwhelmed. So what we usually do is provide a quick general answer and, when it is easy to do so, a link or…
On September 26, China media and entertainment lawyer Mathew Alderson will be discussing how movie and TV producers can “make the most of the opportunities China offers” as part of a FREE webinar. Go here to register. PACT, “the trade association representing the commercial interests of UK independent television, film, digital, children’s and animation media companies,” is putting on this webinar and it describes it as follows: To shine some light on how producers can…
People lie. Especially on job applications. A widely cited US study from 2017 found that 85% of applicants lied on their job application. Another study from 2015 found that only 56% of job applicants had lied, but either way, the number is huge. Why do job candidates lie? For most, it’s a combination of two things: they think their lie will help their candidacy (especially if they think resumes are being screened by a
On April 18, Grace Yang, our lead China employment lawyer, will be putting on a webinar on “Employment Laws for Female Workers in China.” To call this webinar timely would be an understatement, as the issues involving female employees in China could not be more relevant/topical/important. The live webcast will be this Wednesday, April 18, 1:00-3:15pm PST / 2:00-4:15pm MST / 3:00-5:15pm CST / 4:00-6:15pm EST. LawProCLE, who is putting on this webinar, describes…