CHINA: Not “Lovin’ It”

In another major McDonald story: Chinese media outlets have pounced on a major McDonald’s slip-up.  On March 16, a Chinese television station revealed that a branch of McDonald’s restaurants had been selling expired food products. The nation’s State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) “invited” executives of McDonald’s China to a “discussion”…

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CHINA: People’s Blogs Push Authorities to Police Tourism Industry

The Chinese city of Sanya, in Hainan province, is catching heat from bloggers and critics alike due to the price-gouging occurring within its tourism market.  Sanya received more than 500,000 tourists for this year’s Spring Festival.  Tourists complained that they were overcharged “extremely irrationally” during the traditional Chinese holiday.  Beijing-based…

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PACIFIC PERSPECTIVES: Keep the Bickering in Private When Nurturing a Serious Relationship

Don’t get me wrong. Abject kowtowing is no way to forge an honest and productive relationship with anyone, including the People’s Republic of China. We have differences with Beijing ― and Beijing with us. Covering them up or ignoring them will allow them to fester. Relatively minor issues can become…

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