30 Books to understand China

The idea of manufacturing or even visit China in order to look up for new suppliers or joint ventures for your business, might seem to be really hard, because sometimes we don’t have enough information for understanding what’s going on in this always evolving country. Based on the list  John Sullivan a lecturer in the University of Nottingham, specialized on Contemporary China, we post this list of 30 books which most were published in the last year or two, with a couple of recently remembered golden oldies thrown in. Covering a huge amount of ground from the economy and domestic politics to foreign relations and civil society, was to choose texts on the basis of excellence, accessibility, balance, recency and ‘pep’. 

China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2013) by @jwassers with@mauracunningham

Intimate Politics: Marriage, the Market, and State Power in Southeastern China (Harvard 2006) by Sara Friedman

The New Emperors: Power and the Princelings in China (Tauris, 2014) by @Bkerrychina

Contagious Capitalism: Globalization and the Politics of Labor in China (Princeton 2007) by Mary Gallagher

China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa (Knopf, 2014) by @hofrench. My review is here

China’s Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy (Harvard 2008) by Minxin Pei

The People’s Republic of Amnesia (Oxford, 2014) by @limlouisa

Tombstone: The Untold Story of Mao’s Great Famine (Penguin, 2013) by Yang Jisheng

Gifts, Favours, and Banquets: The Art of Social Relationships in China (Cornell 1994) by Mayfair Yang

Collective Resistance in China: Why Popular Protests Succeed or Fail (Stanford, 2009) by Cai Yongshun

Remaking the Chinese Leviathan: Market Transition and Governance (Stanford 2006) by @Dali_Yang

From Mao to Market: Rent Seeking, Local Protectionism, and Marketization in China (Cambridge 2009) by Andrew Wedeman

The Industrialization of Rural China (Oxford 2007) by Chris Bramall (Editor of @chinaquarterly)

Media Commercialization and Authoritarian Rule in China (Cambridge, 2013) by Daniela Stockmann

On China (Penguin, 2012) by Henry Kissinger

Powerful Patriots: Nationalist Protest in China’s Foreign Relations (Oxford, 2014) by @jessicacweiss

The Chinese Army Today: Tradition and Transformation for the 21st Century (Routledge 2011) by Dennis Blasko

A War Like No Other: The Truth About China’s Challenge to America (Wiley 2007) by @RichardBushIII 

Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse (Rowman Littlefield, 2013) by Shelley Rigger

Northeast Asia’s Stunted Regionalism: Bilateral Distrust in the Shadow of Globalization (Cambridge 2004) by Gilbert Rozman

Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China (Zed, 2014) by @LetaHong

Cities and Stability: Urbanization, Redistribution, and Regime Survival in China (Oxford, 2014) by @jerometenk

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China (Random House, 2014) by @eosnos

Demystifying the Chinese Economy (Cambridge, 2011) by Justin Yifan Lin

The Uyghurs: Strangers in Their Own Land (Columbia, 2010) by Gardner Bovingdon

Tibet: A History (Yale, 2013) by @sam_vanschaik

This Generation: Dispatches from China’s Most Popular Blogger (Simon & Schuster, 2012) by Han Han. My review here

Technomobility in China: Young Migrant Women and Mobile Phones (NYU, 2013) by @carawallis. My review here

By All Means Necessary: How China’s Resource Quest is Changing the World (Oxford, 2014) by @LizEconomy and @levi_m

Shadow of the Silk Road (Vintage, 2007) by Colin Thubron

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TÜV Rheinland Laboratory

One of our Interns attended  the TÜV Rheinland  facilities in Shenzhen, Guangdong  Province, to Learn how they help to build a future that does lasting justice to the requirements of humankind and the environment trough QC inspections and tests to hundreds of products and factories all over the world.

TÜV Rheinland is a leading provider of technical services worldwide. Since the foundation in 1872, TÜV Rheinland has been developing safe and sustainable solutions for the challenges arising from the interaction between man, the environment and technology.

 Sven-Olaf Steinke Vice General Manager of TUV Rheinland in China _IGP3027_[4847]

The tour took the assistants to the TÜV Rheinland facilities, by showing to them how do they perform several tests and QC procedures, that cover a wide area of products from batteries and high-tech devices to edible products and garments . Ending with a recreational time for letting the assistants to exchange ideas and interact among them.

Leisure time in TUV

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Corporate Training Session with International Futures

In May we signed a corporate training contract with Business English specialists International Futures based in the PRD,, the first lesson that our first team of students learnt was Negotiation Techniques.

The staff commented that they learnt a lot and as you can see from the photos they all had fun. We’ll be continuing the training sessions in the future to continually improve our staff in more skills to help you get the best out of your China Manufacturing and China Sourcing through C2W.

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Steve McCulley, LIOS Bikes

Quick news clip about an ex-Royal Marine Steve McCulley, friend of our Chairman Nick Cunningham. China 2 West has helped Steve find some component suppliers and manufacturers in China.

Much respect and good luck with LIOS Bikes Steve.

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Kachal goes VIP to the Shanghai F1 Grand Prix

Kachal Zheng Shanghai F1

In April, in association with DHL, we sent one of our project engineers Kachal Zheng on a 5 Star VIP F1 Grand Prix weekend to Shanghai. This is her report from the amazing trip:

“From the date of Apr 18th to 20th, 2014, I was very honoured to be the only person selected as China 2 West representative and also the only one to represent our logistics company DHL Zhuhai region to watch the F1 held in Shanghai International Circuit.

I got very good treatment by living in a five star Shangri-la Hotel where I could see the fantastic view especially at night of the river sight and the Oriental Pearl Tower! Not because it was who I was, but because I was a staff of China 2 West, a fast growing international manufacturing agency that DHL is seeking the chance to do deeper business with and thus treat us as top VIP!

It was a lifetime opportunity for me to watch the most popular, exciting, worldwide game at the scene. All the 12-hour strip to the autodrome deserved the 1.5 hours racing moment. I was given the best position right on the same level as the starting and finishing line which gave me a very good view to see those amazing cars and their drivers from the world.

Although the engine sound was not as loud as before ever since upgraded into the 1.6L V6 turbo engine, it was still the loudest one in racing field. Surrounded by over 100,000 audience, however, with the engine started, I could only hear my heart bits rhythmically following the melody of the engine sounds. Seemed like the whole world stopped for 5 seconds before the heaviest storm came, and so it did. . .

My favourite Mercedes-AMG guy, Hamilton, had absolute advantage of running first which didn’t leave us much interest focusing on him racing with nobody but to break his own records. However, his team mate, Rosberg, after a slow start from the 4th and some small accidents, ranking in 7th, lack of telemetry, still held on with his patience to achieve catching up and surpassing his competitors ahead of him one by one until going to the 2nd! Each perfect surpassing led to huge screaming and applauses.

IMG_2987We know there’s great danger and risk in car racing. The racers know it better. However, no one can stop this game from becoming the most famous one in the world and no one can stop the racers or they will never stop racing in their whole lives as when the moment comes that they surpass their competitors or themselves, screaming, applauses and achievement is so worthwhile.

Take it another way, what’s it difference with our lives? Isn’t our whole lives also fighting for a nicer environment, better life and greater success, and moreover to have the courage to conquer danger and risks ? No matter how difficult the work would be, no matter how long the way would last, and no matter the result is good or bad? We can find all the answers on the way.

Here I am now fighting my way working in China 2 West. Great platform has been provided to me. The only thing I need to do now is to start the engine will full power on, racing, not to surpass others, but to find my way to surpass myself. . .”

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