Stephen Perry has been involved with China since his earliest days. His father was the leader of the Icebreaker group to China in 1953 which restarted UK-China trade relations a year after starting up the business in which Stephen is today Managing Director, London Export Corporation. This year is the company’s 60th anniversary of trade with China.
Stephen grew up with letters from China and stories from China and after studying law at UCL he joined the company full time. The company traded commodities with China and distributed consumer goods in the UK. Stephen opened up US-China trade for the company in 1971/72 and went on to establish subsidiaries there. In the early 90’s he decided to focus on strategic long term deals with China and put together some of the ground breaking deals of that period in China. More recently he has again broken new ground with a deal in Africa with China and a western company.
Stephen is chair of the legendary 48 Group who have been working with China since 1953. Their mission is to develop a positive relationship with China.
One of his main missions is to ensure that the British better understand China. His talk will be around that theme – understand China to work effectively with China.
The following interview was carried in the Financial Times, and carried out by the excellent Zhang Lifen. If you want to know what the Chinese are thinking, then ask them! Here is a profound interview which says a great deal. … Read More ›
CGI Response: “Any plausible pathway to sustainable development must involve the state”, from The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog
“Any plausible pathway to sustainable development must involve the state“, from The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog, explains the rationale of an economy, like the Chinese, that combines planning and the market. China uses the phrase “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics” which… Read More ›
Below is another link to a profound piece on this new China that is emerging. Written by Eric Li for Foreign Affairs magazine it is another valuable source. He represents Chinese thinking and explains it. But his overviews are really… Read More ›
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By John Ross. An insightful post about China’s population trends by John Ross from his Key trends in Globalisation blog.
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