Tony touts trade

  There’s been a honey pot of handshaking between the happy leaders of Australia, Japan and Korea. We now have the Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA), on the go since 2007, and the Korea Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA), which began in 2008. So what’s the deal with China, with whom we began negotiating in 2005? The PM’s primal instinct is to blame the previous government, but the truth is that trade agreements are very complex negotiations. Given that China’s trade with Australia, at $125.2 billion in 2012, is just short of double that of Japan’s ($69.2 billion for…

Opportunities for designers in China

China fashion conscious citizens are currently going through a massive shift in cultural consciousness that will have a huge impact on the way consumers engage with new and emerging fashion brands, and will provide huge opportunities for up and coming designers Since  austerity measures were put in place and bans enforced on conspicuous spending by government officials and SOEs, there has been a trickle down effect that is influencing the shopping and fashion choices of the public.  People in positions of influence are less willing to display the conspicuous labels they once coveted and if they do, the public are…

Australian design to the Chinese A-list

The Biblical story of David and Goliath – one person taking on a fearsome giant and winning – may seem a bit dusty and farfetched, so we’re going to freshen it up with the real-life tale of a Bendigo girl who’s making it big in China with a small idea. Sunday February 9 was a special moment for Kerry Lorenz, designer and creative mind behind the MyOki, a biodynamic wheat bag that looks like a fashion accessory. This was the MyOki’s first foray into the Chinese A-list celebrity scene and from all appearances it was well received.

Aston Martin’s lesson in due diligence

Aston Martin, the automobile brand with James Bond drive, recently recalled more than 17,000 of its high-end sports cars due to a faulty accelerator pedal sourced from a factory in China. The Chinese government accused the British company of starting a blame game, saying it was negligent of due diligence. At China Blueprint we encounter a lot of aspiring importers who believe that the sourcing of products in China is simply plug and play – just like bringing home a new gadget. This notion is totally mistaken, especially when it comes to selecting the right materials for products. The responsibility…

5 ways to boost your Chinese social media

The Chinese new year of the horse is out of the gate at a gallop so we’ve come up with five ways to pony up your Chinese social media campaign and get it riding tall in saddle. 1 Platform picks Not all products are created equal so you’ll need to find out the best social media platforms for your wares. The simplest and most cost-effective way to do this is by asking someone Chinese where they’d go online to find out about them. Start a conversation, make a friend and get smarter sales.

Is China still cheap to manufacture?

With the impact of borderless e-commerce adding to the pressure on local retailers, the Australian market is increasingly competitive. Ever-lower prices at the retail level make you wonder whether manufacturing prices in China are also getting cheaper or whether retail margins here are plummeting. China Blueprint’s view is that traditional import markets, such as clothing and furniture, have long been highly competitive but are now getting increasingly hard for new entrants at home. This is not due to a lack of availability in China, but from increased competition in the local market.

When ‘yes’ is ‘yes’ in China

Ever noticed how everyone in Asia is more than willing with a “yes” in reply to any enquiry but don’t necessarily come up with the goods? It’s not just you and, no, it’s not personal. It’s simply a positively geared cultural disposition to encouragement. The same is true in China, so read on to find out when a yes actually means yes – rather than no. To avoid frustration and keep yourself on an even keel, a useful asset when doing business in China is to expect a positive reply to everything. If you show a factory a sample and…

Kiwi cousins creaming it in China

While the Australian and Chinese governments have recently held the 19th round of negotiations for free trade agreement, our brethren across the Tasman have had one up and running since 2008. The Kiwi dairy industry, among others, is creaming it. How did the New Zealand government get it so right? Let’s face it, New Zealand is a nation of firsts: first place in the world to give women the vote, to introduce the eight-hour working day, to set foot on the Antarctic, to climb Mt Everest, to elect a trans-gender member of parliament… The list goes on.

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Julia and China-Australia trade relations

Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s recent trip to China has set a new precedent for China-Australia relations.After attending discussions with Premier Li Keqiang, Gillard signed what’s being hailed as “the deal of the decade”, a Strategic Partnership Agreement between the two countries. Gillard’s deft handling of the talks resulted in the historic deal that guarantees annual talks between the two powers, and reciprocal cooperation to tackle issues such as climate change and economic ties head on together. The move sees Australia join the likes of Germany, Russia and the UK who also have similar talks in place with China.