China lawyer

Is China’s New Labor Contract Law Getting Harmonized out of Existence?

As regular CLB readers know, we have been flacking China’s new labor contract law since even before its inception at the beginning of this year. Without a doubt, it has been one of our two or three most popular topics. To wit: China’s New Labor Law: Enforcement Is The Key China’s Brand New Labor Law

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.”

China Factories: Do You, You, Feel Like We Do?

I am always touting Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink. Reduced to two sentences, its thesis is that we humans overly worship logic to the detriment of our gut instincts, which are actually based on our lifetime of experience. In other words, your initial feeling about something is far more accurate than you think. Quality Wars has a

expat stress

China as "Most Stressful" Place on Earth.

“Santa Clara” is among my Google alerts because my eldest daughter studies engineering at the University there. Friday, it was filled with stories of an engineer (apparently Chinese-American) who, after being laid off from his high tech start-up, killed three people at the company where he once worked. The story bothered me, but it did

The China price

On 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 we are not big fans of going overboard on the need to know Chinese culture to do the typical China business deal. Better to be a good businessperson than to know what color flowers to bring to a funeral. But, in other contexts, like managing an enterprise, or selling consumer products, culture

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