Nov 22

China Watch Blog wishes to introduce Shipping Hong Kong week, which will be held between Feb 27th – Mar 2, 2012, comprising one day conferences, forums and meetings co-ordinated by maritimemarketing (www.maritimemarketing.com.hk), as well as a 3 day maritime exhibition (ChinaMaritime2012 at the HKCEC), to boost Hong Kong’s profile and image in the global shipping markets as the “Gateway to Greater China”.

The event received a major boost through Beijing ’s Central Government’s statements which designated the territory as the main platform to expand China’s fast growing overseas investments at a China Investment Summit in Hong Kong (Nov 15, 2011), according to a South China Morning Post report.

To maintain Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity, as stated in 12th five-year plan from (2011 to 2015), Deputy Prime Minister Li Keqiang, during his visit to Hong Kong in August, explicitly said mainland and Hong Kong firms should partner in expanding abroad, leveraging Hong Kong’s advantage in services including financial, legal, accounting and investment consultancy as well as urged mainland and Hong Kong firms to jointly invest nationally.

Margaret Fong, deputy executive director of the Hong Kong Trade Department Council said: “This shows Hong Kong plays an important role in China ’s overseas investments”. Consumer Vice-Minister Chen Jian called for the creation of large mainland investment firms and the participation of Hong Kong firms in them. “The 12th five-year plan will accelerate the international expansion of Chinese firms. The Commerce Ministry will encourage mergers and acquisitions between Chinese and foreign firms,” Chen said. With the shipping markets currently in the doldrums, China ’s M&A markets could be one way to assist shipowners worldwide. “The Business of Shipping”, one of the conferences in Shipping Hong Kong week, address this and other options to improve your business.

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Nov 22

China Watch Blog wishes to share an article with you regarding home security. Crime Never Takes A Vacation – What Intruders Don’t Want You To Know

In a statement from Nashville in the USA, home security expert, Alan Young, CEO of Armor Concepts LLC, says: “Our lagging economy has spurred a dramatic increase in burglaries and home invasions across the country, with agencies reporting an increase in 2010 after falling for a number of years.

“What is especially troubling is that these crimes have increased in the suburbs and small towns – places where it rarely happened before. The numbers reflect what we have been hearing from listeners all over the country. The bad economy has caused an increase in crime and it is happening everywhere”, Young says.

Over the past three months, Young has conducted nearly 100 radio interviews, giving listeners tips on how not to become victims of a growing burglary and home invasion epidemic. Young has been featured on the CBS Early Show, The Today Show, and The Discovery Channel, as well as numerous local news segments.

Young’s common sense approach to home security, which focuses on economical ways to keep from becoming a victim, has suddenly made him a very popular guest for radio show hosts. “It was really interesting to hear his common sense approach to security. I know that it made me think, especially the part about alarm systems… “ said Georgianne Kiricoples, host of the “Breaking Through” radio show.

According to Young, there are three keys to making sure that your home is secure.

The first is simple, “Use some common sense. Don’t post vacation plans on Facebook and don’t post vacation photos while still on vacation. Many burglaries are committed by someone you know or by someone connected to someone you know. Letting the world know that you’re not home is an easy way to become a target.”

The second key is to make your home a less attractive target than your neighbor’s home. Sounds crazy, but according to Young, “If you and your neighbor are being chased by a dog, you don’t need to be faster than the dog, just your neighbor. Make your home a less attractive target and thieves will go somewhere else – unless you have something that they really want.” Steps to making your home less attractive to burglars include cutting shrubs and properly lighting the inside and outside of your home.

The third key is to secure the exterior of your home. “Most people think about home alarm systems as home security. An alarm simply tells you that someone is inside your house and police response times are often greater than 20 minutes. A home alarm is the equivalent of having OnStar in your car. Would you not buckle your seat belt because OnStar will call the police after you have an accident? Alarms are a good addition to your home’s security but 85% of all break-ins are through a door. Secure your doors and you greatly increase your likelihood of success against a burglar.”

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Nov 22

China Watch Blog is really blessed to have come across this article about how Mark Satterfield teaches readers the power of persuasion – a common trait found among all really successful sales people.

Their secret? Story-telling. Look at the late Steve Jobs; he was charismatic and people will never forget the stories he told.

In Unique Sales Stories: How To Persuade Others Through the Power of Stories, Mark Satterfield teaches this same powerful sales and marketing strategy that will make them stand out from the competition.

You might be thinking: ‘It can’t be that simple.’ But Mark has proved it is. There is a definite art to story-telling and when Mark is in front of an audience sharing his simple five-step process with them, they get to see that they too can create great stories that persuade and entertain. Audiences are amazed when they see how easily they can learn the art of persuasion and how it will make their clients remember them because they made it believable.

Mark Satterfield uses Super Bowl commercials as an example of the power of a story. Those ads run around $3 million for 60 seconds and people never forget them; in fact, the commercials are now almost as popular as the game itself. Anyone can now have that power at their fingertips – minus the $3 million tab!

Very few people are natural-born storytellers. Mark admits he wasn’t – but it’s a skill he learned and he now passes that skill on to readers and audiences. The power of persuasion is strong and audiences are thoroughly entertained when he shows them how easily they can learn to do it too. He’s proven it works – after all, we know that’s the one thing all successful professionals have in common – telling great stories.

Unique Sales Stories is a practical guide for developing and delivering memorable stories. Divided into three main sections, it offers a collection of Mark’s essays on creating unique stories with step-by-step instructions on how to develop your own one-of-a-kind sales stories, and includes a variety of examples he has developed for clients to use.

Mark has a Masters Degree in Psychology and an undergraduate degree in English from Washington University. Prior to founding Gentle Rain Marketing, he held executive positions with PepsiCo and Kraft Foods in addition to having served as the Director of Career Services for the Graduate School of Business at Emory University. He has been mentioned in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in Higher Education, and is the recipient of the AMA Award for Excellence in Management Education.

Mark encourages readers to visit www.uniquesalesstory.com or www.GentleRainMarketing.com for more information on his book and seminars.

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Nov 22

China Watch Blog has learnt that the Mainland China economy is expected to grow 9.2 percent in 2012, a slight drop from 9.4 percent this year, a university report forecast, raising concerns on slowdown and financial risks.

China’s economic expansion will continue the easing trend in the first half of next year, according to a report released by the Beijing-based Renmin University of China.

Growth of China’s gross domestic product (GDP) slowed to 9.1 percent in the third quarter of this year from 9.5 percent in the second quarter and 9.7 percent in the first quarter, as the government tightened monetary policy to contain inflation.

To rein in excessive price gains triggered by a credit boom, the government has made inflation control its top priority this year and adopted monetary-tightening measures. So far, the central bank has raised interest rates three times and hiked reserve requirement ratio (RRR) by six times this year.

The weakening growth has promoted the central bank to stand ready to fine-tone its monetary policy in an appropriate and timely manner to stay in line with economic changes.

The continuous economic slowdown will lead to a significant shift in the government’s macroeconomic policies, which will buoy the economy to avoid a double-dip recession, the report said.

China will face bigger slowdown in growth of real economy, rising risks in fictitious economy and worsening structure problems next year, it said.

The report said China inflation will see a marked softening next year, with full-year rise at 3.3 percent.

The nation’s consumer price index (CPI), the main gauge of inflation, increased 5.5 percent in October year-on-year, marking the slowest rise since May.

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