04 Sep '11, 10pm

Chinese government needs to act differently if it wants to be popular in the west - #CSR #China #Markets #Success

Paul French says that the Chinese government needs to act very differently if it wants to be popular in the west Earlier in the summer, two things grabbed the attention of China watchers. The outspoken and internationally lauded Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was finally released (on bail) after 75 days of detention and Chinese premier Wen Jiabao visited London to push the Beijing line on things. The release of Ai occurred the week before Wen arrived in London. This is not presumed to be a coincidence. Meanwhile Wen’s trip was less the usual trade mission and more another step in China’s search to find out why nobody loves her. In fact very few, if any, new contracts were concluded during the trip. Instead we saw some minor announcements mixed with some long-arranged deals finally authorised by Beijing (the Diageo stake in a traditional Chinese spirits maker). There were also so...

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