China manufacturing

China Melamine is Getting Mighty Fishy

Most of you probably already know more about melamine than you ever expected. Melamine refers to both a chemical and to a resin produced from it. Human ingestion of melamine “may lead to reproductive damage, or bladder or kidney stones, which can lead to bladder cancer.” Unfortunately, its high nitrogen content allows it to mimic

The China price

Chinese Companies and Pots of Cash

I rarely have revelations, but after being knocked over the head countless times over the years, I finally got one regarding how Chinese businesspeople tend to view their businesses differently from how Western businesspeople tend to view theirs. The other day, a deal my law firm had been working on for a US company fell

Sexism in China

Sexism China Style

When I first read this post over at the Josh in China blog, I smiled. But then I frowned. Okay, I didn’t really frown, but I’m going for literary effect here. The post is entitled, Interesting Cultural Differences, and it reflexively notes how the women at Chinese toll booths are uniformly “extremely good looking girls.”

The China price

The Perils of Chasing Cheap Labor

I once ended up on the same Qingdao-Seoul-Seattle flight as a long-time client and friend of mine whose company, among other things, had been hugely successful in China in an industry where just about every other foreign company had failed. The long flights gave us a great opportunity to talk and we talked a lot

China shipping

China as Downturn Neophyte. If I Stick My Head in the Sand….

CLB’s own Steve Dickinson has just returned from the annual China Maritime Law Conference, made up mostly of Asian international maritime lawyers. This year’s conference was in Wuhan. Steve reports as follows after the first day: I just finished the morning session of the first day of the All China Maritime Law Conference being held

China work culture

China: When Cultural Differences Matter.

Regular readers know that we believe China business success depends more on being a good businessperson than know what color flowers to bring to a Chinese funeral. But, in other contexts, like managing an enterprise, or selling consumer products, culture can be more important and a recent Wall Street Journal article, entitled, Lenovo Goes Global,

Shanghai versus New York

Shanghai To Replace New York As World’s Financial Center: I Don’t Think So.

Interesting Washington Post article by Ariana Cha, on how Shanghai might eventually replace New York as a world financial center. The article is entitled, Financial Hubs See an Opening Up at the Top: Wall Street’s Long, Dominant Run Is Fading, Global Financiers Say and it talks about how Wall Street is falling and others are

International dispute resolution lawyers

International Sales Contracts: Do You Know What Your Law Is?

Companies frequently intend to have their contracts operate under one law, but mistakenly write their contracts to have some other law apply. The key is often not so much the law to be applied, but rather, the benefits from creating certainty in your contract as to the ONE law that will apply.


Blawg Review #162

“I hear that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace.” Bob Dylan, Man of Peace “I am a man of peace.” Kwai Chang Caine, Kung Fu, Episode 8 “Peace lies not in the world…but in the man who walks the path.” Master Po, Kung Fu, Episode 8 When I took on this task of

international manufacturing lawyers

China Manufacturing Protections: My Elevator Speech

Many years ago, my old law firm brought in a “legal marketing expert” to lead a marketing seminar for the firm. I do not remember a single thing from that session beyond that the expert forced each of us to describe our practice as though we had just been asked to do so by someone