On Thursday, January 14, Xinhua published a letter from Xi Jinping to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, calling on Schultz to encourage the development of U.S.-China ties. Xi’s public letter to Schultz stands in marked...
Nov 1, 2013
A Hong Kong celebrity is staunchly defending China on Weibo, and claims to have reported the IP...
Oct 22, 2013
A roundup of online political cartoons from the past week. Click any image to launch slideshow....
Dec 30, 2012
As China’s tea farmers look to coffee for more profits, the Los Angeles Times reports the Yunnan provincial government plans to increase the production of coffee to 200,000 tons by 2020: “My sole income depends on...
Dec 6, 2012
At an investor conference on Wednesday, Starbucks executives said they expect China to become the company’s largest market outside the United States by 2014, as the coffee retail giant has maintained robust sales growth...
Aug 23, 2012
After building an empire on cheap imports from China, Walmart is trying to attract the country’s new rich with low prices online, as economic slowdown dampens conspicuous consumption. From Marcus Wohlsen at Wired: Walmart faces...
Feb 13, 2012
Starbucks’ expansion in China, despite one widely publicised early misstep, has been ferocious, with surging store numbers and an experimental foray into coffee farming in Yunnan. At CNBC.com, Shaun Rein explains why the...
Oct 19, 2011
Since 1988, Yunnan’s coffee production has grown almost 24-fold, thanks in part to the efforts of Swiss food leviathan Nestle. From MSNBC: “Before I started growing coffee, I couldn’t afford a house like the...
Sep 14, 2011
Film star Jet Li’s planned promotion of Tai Chi around the world, backed by Chinese Internet entrepreneur Jack Ma, is no mere business venture. Rather, it is an heroic attempt to boost China’s currently feeble...
Jul 18, 2011
The Washington Post describes doughnut vendors’ struggle to establish a beachhead in Shanghai, while other Western fast food firms move on to later stages in their China campaigns. Doughnut shops, once a rarity here, have...
Apr 28, 2011
“Breakfast is an intensely polarising issue,” said The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos recently, describing his Chinese travelling companions’ dismay at the buffet offerings they encountered in Europe. Common...
Oct 10, 2007
China Rises and Shanghaiist blogs both discuss the new coffee shop that has replaced Starbucks in the Forbidden City, after the presence of Starbucks raised the hackles of a TV host and numerous bloggers. They also included a photo of the former Starbucks’ current look in the Forbidden City. For a more in-depth look at […]
Sep 24, 2007
From Hong Wang, translated by CDT: The Forbidden City‘s Jiuqing Chaofang has once again been connected to coffee, as a new cafe has opened at the former site of Starbucks cafe. Seven years ago, when the American Starbucks company opened its coffee shop here, Jiuqing Chaofang became famous. Two months after Starbucks left, the Forbidden […]
Jul 14, 2007
From The Seattle Times via Danwei: Starbucks closed its store in Beijing’s Forbidden City today after months of controversy over the U.S. coffee-shop chain doing business there. The decision followed the Forbidden City’s announcement that it wants to operate all stores inside the former imperial palace, which is now a museum. “We have respectfully decided […]
Mar 16, 2007
Mar 11, 2007
From Reuters: A member of China’s parliament has demanded the immediate closure of a Starbucks coffee shop set up inside Beijing’s Forbidden City, the Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday. Two months after a television host launched an online campaign to evict Starbucks Corp. from the former home of Chinese emperors, the seven-year-old store has […]
Jan 22, 2007
From The Christian Science Monitor: The appeal of blogs in a country where the traditional media are strictly censored by the government which uses them to propagate approved information and opinions, lies in both the relative freedom they enjoy, and in their interactivity. Even for those not especially interested in politics, “blogs tell me about […]
Jan 21, 2007
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: All of the spin-control efforts that have made blogging a challenge for brands in America are compounded in China. “There is not a precedent for solving consumer grievances in China. If you are not happy with what you buy, you don’t call up customer service,” said Scott Kronick, the president of […]
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