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Parting thoughts on China's quirks and challenges

March 22, 2011
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Observations on the country's building boom, drivers, high-speed trains and corporate slogans.
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Visits at key times give IU prof unique view of China

March 21, 2011
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The contrast between Bruce Jaffee's first visit—in 1981—and his latest trip this month could hardly be greater.
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Geely plant churns out cars on the cheap

March 18, 2011
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It’s striking how little workers at this Geely factory earn, by U.S. standards at least: roughly $5,500 to $7,300 a year.
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Why the Communist Party is obsessed with GDP

March 17, 2011
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All the talk during our visit in China about gross domestic product makes it easy to forget this is still a Communist country.
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Why the colonel rules China

March 15, 2011
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In 1987, KFC became the first fast-food chain to enter mainland China, and it’s never looked back.
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China makes unprecedented English-language push

March 14, 2011
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China has made educating its population in English a big priority. And when this Communist government decides something is important, it goes all out.
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Heading to China, where big cities are getting bigger

March 11, 2011
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The population of China's 10 largest cities alone equates to roughly one-third of the U.S. population.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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