Honorary Co-Chair Linda Tsao Yang Meets with Consul General Yuan Nansheng

On September 18, 2013, 1990 Institute’s Honorary Co-Chair Linda Tsao Yang, former U.S. Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank, met with Consul General Yuan Nansheng at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. The two exchanged views on various topics, and discussed the important work that the 1990 Institute is doing to improve U.S.-China relations.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank Linda Tsao Yang Meets Consul General Yuan Nansheng
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank Linda Tsao Yang Meets Consul General Yuan Nansheng
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Chinese-Made Smartphones Challenge ‘Cheap’ iPhone

The highly-anticipated new product announcement from Apple disappointed most people earlier this week. Everyone thought the “C” in iPhone 5C stood for “cheap” or “China” but the prices are out of reach for most Chinese consumers. See the blog post by Yun-Hee Kim in the WSJ on Chinese smartphones competing with Apple and Samsung.

While Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. account for the majority of profits in the smartphone industry, their market shares are falling globally. The reason?  Cheaper alternatives in markets such as China where a slew of startups are launching high-spec phones at nearly half the price.

In Hong Kong’s bustling electronics market in Sham Shui Po, it’s easy to find cheaper smartphones giving Apple and Samsung a run for their money.

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Will China Ever be a Wine Superpower?

Did you know that China produces wine?

By Celia HattonBBC Beijing correspondent

When the European Union raised tariffs on Chinese solar panels earlier this year, China said it would investigate complaints from Chinese wine producers about the “dumping” of European wine on the Chinese market. For many it was news that China made wine at all. But it does – of widely varying quality.

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Gateway to the Pacific: U.S.-China Economic and Entrepreneurial Exchange

The 1990 Institute is proud to be a supporting organization for this Committee of 100 Speakers Forum event in San Francisco.

Registration is now closed for C-100’s September 11 Forum. Watch the event live via UStream: http://bit.ly/C100forum.

Speakers will assess the local impact of U.S.China economic and entrepreneurial exchange in information technology, cleantech, social media, and other key industries.

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A Moniker Only a Mister Could Like

An interesting article in the New York Times about how women opinion leaders are sometimes addressed in China today. Is it an honor?

Published: August 27, 2013

BEIJING — “Have you noticed how woman opinion leaders are being called ‘Mr.’ on Weibo?” asked my sharp-eyed friend Mei Zhang, referring to the influential Twitter-like microblogs.

She was right.

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Chinese Educators Look to American Classrooms

The Chinese are very interested in what they can learn from the American education system.

Published: September 2, 2013

BEIJING — To prepare for an endless barrage of secondary-school exams, Zhang Ruifan learned to memorize entire science textbooks. So when his family sent him to high school in the United States, he was so far ahead of his fellow freshmen in math and science that he usually knew the correct answer even before the teacher had finished speaking.

“I’d just blurt it out,” he said in an interview while back home here this summer.

But Ruifan, 15, who goes by Derek in the United States, soon discovered that science was more than just facts and formulas meant to be regurgitated on tests.

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