Autonomous driving cars cause a range of issues, for example on collecting data to make them possible. Lawyer Mark Schaub looks at the legal issues when foreign companies have to send data to their headquarters outside China, for the China Law Insight.

For years the business community feared China’s central government would kill the so-called VIE’s (variable-interest entity). The tool to circumvent the country’s strict ownership regulations was never endorsed by the government but has also never been in serious trouble, tells China veteran and lawyer Mark Schaub to Bloomberg. The ban even did not show up in the draft foreign investment law, last week.

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has published last week an ambitious draft road map for the development of self-driving cars in the coming decades. Lawyer Mark Schaub summarizes the latest details of the fast-moving central planning office on the China Law Insight.

Getting rid of legal barriers is key for using innovation in real life, and Beijing approved the first regulations in China on self-driving cars, writes lawyer Mark Schaub at the China Law Insight. He elaborates on the details. “We expect more regions to follow Beijing’s lead and compete for innovation in this key sector,” he adds.

Carlsberg and Ford are two Western companies who were on they way down in China, but managed to renew themselves. Beida Business professor Jeffrey Towson uses on his website their examples to explain what companies can do to change their China operation for the better to draw some important lessons. (With a sidestep to Nanjing Fiat)

While analysts watch a potential trade shoot-out between the US and China, US president Trump might help China in other ways, for example helping them compete with Mexico, says Peking University professor Jeffrey Towson in the China Daily. Mexico has been winning from China in producing cars and autoparts, and abolishing NAFTA might change that.

The seizure of a US drone by China set off alarm bells worldwide this weekend. But when it comes to a standoff between China and the US under president-elect Donald Trump, economic measures will have preference over military ones, writes business analyst Shaun Rein in International Business Times.

China´s auto brands have gained traction and achieved a large enough scale, but are far away from breaking into mature markets, says branding expert Tom Doctoroff to Reuters. No way Chinese cars as sell for a premium, he argues.

In his book China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global author Joel Backaler describes how Geely bought Volvo. An example of how China´s business leaders to things differently. From an excerpt at his weblog.

Shanghai-based add guru Tom Doctoroff has been arguing since his book Twitter is Not a Strategy: Rediscovering the Art of Brand Marketing social media and traditional marketing strategies need to team up. In the Huffington Post he gives nine rules for effective online content, Here´s no.5 five, including Ford in China.

US senator Charles Schumer via Wikipedia Is China closing its doors, as companies like GE, BASF and Siemens say, or is it more open than ever, as the country’s officials say? It’s a matter of perception, writes Shaun Rein in CNBC, especially now America’s economy is in trouble and politiciansRead More →