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The Academy’s blog contains fascinating analysis and insights into China’s rapidly evolving society, culture, politics, attitudes and its new place in the world. The blog draws upon both Western and Chinese contributors – all of them keen followers of the latest developments and trends in China.


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.

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Would you like a Maseratti with that?

By John Pickup (约翰·皮克)
October 12, 2017
Category: China

Blog.   Would you like a Maseratti with that?

Do you feel like a Maserati?  Not enough change?  No problem.  Just put it on your Union Pay Card Account.  Yes,  according to the Financial review, you can do just that.

Which is quite useful,  as  according to the latest Hurun Global Rich List, China produces the most fem... Continue reading

Blog: Mid-Autumn Festival

By John Pickup (约翰·皮克)
October 10, 2017
Category: China

China is calming down again after the rush to celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival.

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By John Pickup (约翰·皮克)
September 29, 2017
Category: China

BLOG – Qixi – who says the Chinese aren’t romantic.

Today is the Qixi festival – so called because it is the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar year.  This year it is the 28th August.

Although it has been almost swamped by the commercialisation and hype surrounding Valentine’s day in the West (14th February) it is still passed down from year to year by those who cherish their Chinese culture.  Like most legends, it combines sadness, fortitude a... Continue reading

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

By John Pickup (约翰·皮克)
September 28, 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,... Continue reading

Táng – Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD), the most glittering and glorious period of cosmopolitan culture in China's history;Cháo – a tide of change towards something novel and exciting.


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