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John PickupJohn Pickup has over 20 years’ experience working with Chinese business. He has gained a deep appreciation of the importance of Chinese history, culture and social/business etiquette in developing good business relations in China.  He advises Western companies, helped by having a Singaporean/Chinese family!  John took a Masters in Management from MIT. After a career in IBM he founded the UK subsidiary of a Chinese Canadian company (Platform Computing). He has addressed conferences in the UK and China, including the Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University Business School in Suzhou, China.

Will China’s economy collapse?*

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
June 27, 2017
Category: China

This is the provocative title of a just published book by Professor Ann Lee.

In fact some China “experts” might change the question to “When will China’s economy collapse?”

To shallow economists and popular journalists, these might be perfectly valid questions... Continue reading

Tags: China economy

Light rail just gained a new meaning – Trams powered by hydrogen

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
June 20, 2017
Category: China

Qingdao, in Shandong Province, has opened the country’s first hydrogen powered tram route. Well aware of the great need to reduce pollution and improve air quality, they are using a variety of non-polluting technologies for public transport. Although hydrogen fuel cells, which are totally pollution free,  are being tested and used in various public transit vehicles around the world, including buses in London, this is the first... Continue reading


5G in China

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
June 15, 2017
Category: China


Move over world, China’s  5G is coming.

China, with the world’s biggest smartphone market, also has the world’s biggest 4G usage,  with a total of 844 million 4G subscribers as of April 2017*

Now the latest study* shows that China is set to bec... Continue reading

Tags: 5G technology innovation

Crossing the river by feeling the stones

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
June 13, 2017
Category: China

摸着石头过河——邓小平。

Mōzhe shítou guòhé.
–Dèng Xiǎopíng

This is a Chinese saying quoted by Deng Xiaoping.  He achieved a revolutionary change, but he did it gradually.  He pulled China back from the excesses of the late Mao regime and set China on th... Continue reading

Qing Ming Festival

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
June 09, 2017
Category: China

A traditional centuries old festival brought up to date!

Also known as Pure Brightness Festival or Tomb-sweeping day, it falls on April 4th or 5th which is the first day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar and is a public holiday in China.

This centurie... Continue reading

Train arrives back in Yiwu

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
June 05, 2017
Category: China

The first Yiwu to London container train arrived back in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, on April 29th, completing the first round trip journey. It proves the feasibility of the route, which already links China with 14 other European cities. It took 19 days for the return journey, although that should get slicker as experience is gained. There have to be guage changes on the way as the Russian track guage is different from the Ch... Continue reading

Tags: Yiwu London logistics One Belt One Road

No change? No problem!

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
May 22, 2017
Category: China

A beggar asks you for some spare change

You reply, “sorry, no change.” 

No change? No problem. The beggar makes it easy – “Just scan my QR code”.

R... Continue reading

Tags: QR code easy payments mobile

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