04.23.06

Today’s News

Posted in General at 7:20 pm by Nicole

Hu Jintao’s U.S. Visit: It’s not specifically about sports, but it’s a must-read for anyone doing business in China. The New York Times has a commentary today on Hu Jintao’s visit to the United States. The gist of the article is that of the two Washingtons visited by Hu (State and D.C.), it’s the left coast that has a clue. Washington Governor Christine Gregoire rightly notes that the kinds of policies being considered by the federal government to pressure China into loosening its currency policy and improving the trade imbalance would be looked upon by the Chinese as threatening gestures, and that all business in China begins with friendship. After almost eighteen months as part of a Chinese “danwei” (work unit), I heartily second Governor Gregoire’s observation. In the United States, business comes first, and from there, friendships form. In China, it is exactly the opposite – good advice for all Western organizations looking east for new or continuing business relationships. (Note: the New York Times archives its articles after one week, after which time this link will lead to a page where you will have to pay to read the article.)

Chinese-Language Media Reports: China.com reports that the Beijing Hotel will be serving as the headquarters for the International Olympic Committee during the 2008 Olympics. It’s slightly old news now, but China Sport Online has a brief report about the IOC’s upcoming Olympic forum in Beijing in October. The Chinese Olympic Committee reports that based on many interviews conducted by reporters from the Xinhua news agency with those involved in the construction of Olympic venues and surrounding structures, the construction plan is successfully incorporating the “three big ideals” (三大理念) of the Beijing Games: Green Olympics, High-Tech Olympics, and People’s Olympics.

Daily publishing schedule for the China Sports Blog: The blog will be updated at least once daily by 5 p.m. in China (5 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time and 2 a.m. U.S. Pacific Time during daylight savings) on weekdays, and occasionally on weekends as events dictate. The schedule may change slightly depending on Chinese national holidays. This week the blog will be updated Monday through Thursday. Friday I’ll be heading out of town on a trip abroad for the May Day holiday week, so updates next week will be sporadic, but will include at least one update from Sydney, where I’ll be spending the holiday week. I’m excited to be heading out of town, and even more so becuase Sydney arguably staged the most successful Summer Olympics in history back in 2000. Photos and notes to follow after my return on May 10.

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