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China Corner Office features conversations with the leaders who have changed the way business is done in China.  Hosted by Chris Marquis from Cornell University’s Johnson College of Business the podcast shines light on the unique management models that have developed in China and what it takes to successfully run a business in China. Businesses we cover on this show span many industries, including high tech, financial services, healthcare and biotech, manufacturing and consumer products; and the podcast delves into many specific topic areas such as ecommerce tools, new financial models, marketing and product introductions and operations and logistics. Subscribe if you are interested in learning more about how business is done in China during a particularly challenging time.

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China Corner Office features conversations with the leaders who have changed the way business is done in China.  Hosted by Chris Marquis from Cornell University’s Johnson College of Business the podcast shines light on the unique management models that have developed in China and what it takes to successfully run a business in China. Businesses we cover on this show span many industries, including high tech, financial services, healthcare and biotech, manufacturing and consumer products; and the podcast delves into many specific topic areas such as ecommerce tools, new financial models, marketing and product introductions and operations and logistics. Subscribe if you are interested in learning more about how business is done in China during a particularly challenging time.

    "Seeking Truth and Hiding Facts," with Jeremy Wallace

    "Seeking Truth and Hiding Facts," with Jeremy Wallace

    This week on China Corner Office, Chris Marquis discusses information control with Jeremy Wallace, associate professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. Jeremy is the author of the new book Seeking Truth and Hiding Facts: Information, Ideology, and Authoritarian Rule in China. Jeremy discusses how a communist party came to justify itself through GDP statistics and why they have shifted away from this focus recently. Also discussed is how and why cadres falsify data and the techniques researchers use to identify manipulated statistics. Jeremy also reflects on the centralization and personalization of Xi’s power and the recent COVID protests, connecting the contemporary issues he studies with a rich set of historical cases including the Great Leap Forward, the Democracy Wall Movement and the Tian’anmen protests.

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    The Performative State : China’s environmental governance, COVID lockdowns, and more

    The Performative State : China’s environmental governance, COVID lockdowns, and more

    This week on China Corner Office, Chris Marquis discusses environmental governance in China with Iza Ding, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh and author of the recent book The Performative State: Public Scrutiny and Environmental Governance in China. Iza explained how performative and substantive governance can diverge and discussed her on-the-ground research both in China and beyond. Iza provided an overview of the trajectory of China’s environmental protection efforts and the effects of the recent COP27 meeting. She also gave her assessment of the current state of environmentalism in China. The discussion concluded with Iza providing her thoughts on how the economic slowdown and the outcome of the 20th Party Congress will affect the future of China’s environmental governance.

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    • 42 min
    The U.S.-China tech battle from the inside: the experience of ZTE’s former general counsel

    The U.S.-China tech battle from the inside: the experience of ZTE’s former general counsel

    This week on China Corner Office, Chris Marquis talks to Ashley Yablon, the former general counsel for the Chinese technology company ZTE. Ashley discusses how he uncovered an illegal scheme at ZTE to sell billions of dollars worth of surveillance equipment to embargoed countries, and provided other details of his experience which were recently featured in his book Standing Up to China: How a Whistleblower Risked Everything for His Country. Also in the show is the effect of the current political climate on Chinese tech companies, with Ashley commenting on the CHIPSand Science Act and the legal approach of Chinese state-owned tech companies such as Huawei and ZTE. The episode concludes with Ashely offering legal advice on how to safeguard U.S. interests when interacting with Chinese companies.

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    • 36 min
    Seeing the Unseen: lessons from Chinese tech companies’ global venturing

    Seeing the Unseen: lessons from Chinese tech companies’ global venturing

    This week on China Corner Office, Chris Marquis discusses Chinese tech companies and their global expansion with Guoli Chen, Professor of Strategy at INSEAD, and Jianggan Li, founder and CEO of Momentum Works. They discussed the challenges that result from the protective nature of the Chinese ecosystem, as well as the solutions and recommendations from their new book on the topic Seeing the Unseen. Also featured in this show is an in-depth discussion of how Chinese history, especially Mao’s enduring influence, functions as a double-edged sword for contemporary Chinese business culture and leadership styles. We also discuss the recent crackdowns on tech firms and the tightening of regulations. We conclude with Guoli and Jianggan providing valuable suggestions to Chinese companies wishing to expand into foreign territory in this era of political and economic uncertainty.

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    What does the CHIPS Act mean for U.S.-China semiconductor competition?

    What does the CHIPS Act mean for U.S.-China semiconductor competition?

    In August, the Biden administration finally passed a semiconductor subsidy bill. The CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 achieved rare bipartisan support and promises funding of more than $200 billion over the next five years with the goal of re-establishing the U.S. as a global center of semiconductor manufacturing. To understand the bill and its impact, this week on China Corner Office, Chris Marquis discusses the CHIPS Act with Rory Murphy, Vice President of Government Affairs at the U.S.-China Business Council; and Paul Triolo, Senior VP for China and Technology Policy Lead for Albright Stonebridge Group. Highlights of the show include a general overview and the history of the CHIPS Act, the political significance to U.S.-China relations, and challenges in industrial policy and export controls. Also discussed is how Taiwan has been and will be in the spotlight of the global supply chain with U.S. and China competing in the semiconductor industry. They concluded with an emphasis on the need for U.S. and Chinese companies to adapt to the new rules and regulations.

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    • 46 min
    Doing business in China: Insights from a cultural perspective

    Doing business in China: Insights from a cultural perspective

    This week on China Corner Office, Chris Marquis talks to Mona Chung, a bicultural business leader and expert on doing business in and with China. The discussion focused on the challenges and strategies to navigate cultural factors for foreign companies. Mona shared some common differences that might create tensions between Chinese and foreign businesses, especially in areas like pricing, branding, marketing, and cross-cultural management. A few highlights of the show include the lessons learned from Foster’s withdrawal from the Chinese beer market, how to read Ren Zhengfei’s recent memo addressing Huawei’s employees that paints a gloomy picture of the company’s future, and the lasting impacts of Maoism on contemporary Chinese society and business. The discussion concluded with Mona giving three valuable suggestions about cultural communications and negotiations that western companies should follow when wishing to enter the Chinese market under the current climate.




    A transcript of this interview is available on TheChinaProject.com.

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