Is There Enough Demand ‘Out There’ to Float a post-Brexit UK Economy?

Excerpt from Bloomberg News: “Chinese internet users have crossed the 800 million mark for the first time ever as of June 2018, according to the 42nd China Statistical Report on the Internet Development issued by China Internet Network Information Center. With 802 million internet users, China’s user-base is larger than the combined populations for Japan, Russia, Mexico and the U.S., according to International Monetary Fund data.”

Data from the China Internet Network Information Center shows a 30 million internet user jump during the first half of 2018 alone

Is There Enough Demand to Float a post-Brexit UK Economy?
Some Britons wonder if there are enough business opportunities ‘out there’ in the wider world for the UK to thrive and prosper, post-Brexit.

As the graphic above shows, there are more internet users in China than there are citizens in all of the following countries combined: Japan, Russia, Mexico and the United States.

With internet use in China alone growing at an annual rate greater than the entire population of the United Kingdom you’d think that even the most inept exporters in the world would be lining up to trade with the huge moneypot called China.

Yet, because China isn’t selling itself as a huge marketplace for the world’s exporters and because Brexiteers haven’t ventured to research this part of the Brexit equation, it’s left to Bloomberg News (and me) to inform you of these astonishing developments.

Jacob Rees-Mogg’s European Research Group is a fine organization devoted to fleshing-out the political intricacies of Brexit, trade with the EU in the post-Brexit timeframe, and other Eurocentric matters. Yet, when we view charts like the one above it becomes startlingly clear that an Asian Research Group is needed to fully inform us about politics and trade with Asia in the post-Brexit era.


For example: How many Jaguar cars have been sold in the EU over the past 12 months?

And whatever that number is, it will be a static number for the simple reason that only so many EU citizens can afford a Jaguar motorcar and every one of them simply phones the local Jaguar dealership to order the Jag of their dreams and the car is delivered to their home a few days later.

Yet, I can only surmise that *isn’t* the case in China…


How many Jaguars *aren’t* being sold in China

How many Jaguar cars and SUV’s aren’t being sold in Asia because nobody bothered to research the full potential of the Asian market, or if they have, why aren’t Jaguar building three more factories in the UK to meet the demand of the rapidly growing Chinese middle class?

If internet users in China alone have risen from 22.5 million in year 2000 to 802 million partway through 2018, that demonstrates astonishing growth in their middle class. And if those people are ordering goods and services on the internet because their disposable income is rising fast, why isn’t there an entire department of HM government devoted to helping UK companies to get those online orders instead of just standing idly by and allowing other countries to snap up that business?

By 2030, there will be 1.6 billion internet users in China. How many Jaguar sales will have been lost by then?


It’s Not Only Cars…

Millions of pounds sterling are being lost every month since year 2000 because nobody in the UK government was put in charge of this.

Heads should roll over this shameful ‘oversight’ and not only in the government.

Heads also in the Bank of England, London School of Economics, London Stock Exchange and other organizations need to stop whatever they’re doing right this minute and phone whomever it is that can quickly address this stunning oversight.

Driving along the M4 on your way to the LSE right now? Have your driver pull the car over — you’ve got an important call to make — one that’s 18-years overdue.

With the right stewardship of the country, any good or service the UK produces should have seen the same kind of sales increases as the number of Chinese internet users since 2000. Disposable income is disposable income — and it’s better that UK business gets that disposable income rather than businesses from some other country.

From which, I can only assume that there *hasn’t* been proper stewardship of the UK economy since year 2000.

It goes without saying that nobody knew for certain how the internet was going to grow back in the early 2000’s, therefore, policymakers of that era are largely free of blame. But as each subsequent year passed, this should’ve been addressed with increasing urgency. Certainly, everyone on planet Earth knew by 2005 that the Internet of Things (IoT) was going to be a major part of our civilization in a few short years.

But the silence especially in the UK has been deafening.

“The global IoT market will grow from $157B in 2016 to $457B by 2020, attaining a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 28.5%.” — Forbes


Forget About Cars for a Moment – and Think About Everything Else the UK Produces

As noted earlier, it’s not all about the UK-built cars that aren’t being exported to Asia in huge numbers.

Everything that the UK produces or manufactures in a year could be sold to China and the lot of it wouldn’t register a tiny blip on the Chinese financial charts as demand in the country is massive and it continues to grow at a geometric rate.

If the UK tripled its entire annual GDP in goods, services and produce and then shipped all of it to China, it still wouldn’t produce a blip on the charts. And China continues to grow its economy at (artificially held to lower than) double-digit growth rates.

“GDP Annual Growth Rate in China averaged 9.61 percent from 1989 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 15.40 percent in the first quarter of 1993 and a record low of 3.80 percent in the fourth quarter of 1990.” — Trading Economics

Asia is the land of opportunity for all who have eyes to see and ears to hear. There isn’t a reason good enough for the UK government or British business to ignore it one more day.

Written by John Brian Shannon | Reposted from LetterToBritain.com


As Brexit Negotiations Lag: Are Europeans Missing Opportunities Bigger Than the Sky? (kleef.asia)

It’s Time for a Global Natural Disaster Response Force

by John Brian Shannon | Reposted from JohnBrianShannon.com

China 6.5 Earthquake | Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:19am local time

Rescue workers in China are hunting for survivors after an earthquake rocked China’s southwestern Sichuan province, killing 19 people and injuring more than 250 reports Xinhua news.

Earthquake in China, August 8, 2017 at 9:19am local time. The U.S. Geological Survey gave the quake a magnitude of 6.5.
Earthquake in China: Rescue workers in China hunt for survivors from a 6.5 Earthquake (Aug, 8, 2017, 9:19am local time) that killed 19 and injured 250 in Sichuan province. The U.S. Geological Survey gave the quake a magnitude of 6.5.

The popular tourist destination of Jiuzhaigou is located near the epicentre of the quake — in a national park known for its spectacular natural beauty. Many resorts in the region are fully-booked at this time of year.

Natural disaster response force tag \ Gongyuyan, China: The Gongyuyan scenic spot offers spectacular views including a stone forest and the Shenlong waterfall in Tianshi township, Xianju county.
There are many scenic areas in China: The Gongyuyan scenic spot offers spectacular views including a stone forest and the Shenlong waterfall in Tianshi township, Xianju county.

It’s well past time that every government on the planet contribute to the creation of a specialized natural disaster rapid deployment force with fully stocked distribution centres located on every continent, complete with their own aircraft and able to reach any disaster area in the world within hours.

Hundreds of tons of food, tents, beds, portable kitchens to feed thousands and portable medical stations designed to provide triage care to injured persons could be getting loaded into aircraft for the flight to the disaster zone within minutes of any disaster.

It would be great if the temporary medical facilities could be manned by Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières once the stations were erected in the disaster zone.

Agencies like NASA and the USGS could offer their technical expertise, while other organizations could contribute aviation fuel, emergency supplies, rescue workers / logistic personnel along with other important relief assistance.

At any moment, anywhere on the planet might be hit by an earthquake, flood, cyclone or other severe storms, or even meteorites large enough to cause serious damage (yes, the dinosaurs didn’t believe that either). Which is why it’s time to stop talking and get doing it!


  • Gongyuyan China: Villages reap benefits of ecological planning (kleef.asia)

All You Think You Know About Coal in China is Wrong

Reposted from the Center for American Progress

Melanie Hart is a Senior Fellow and Director of China Policy at the Center for American Progress. Luke H. Bassett is the Associate Director of Domestic Energy and Environment Policy at the Center. Blaine Johnson is a China and Asia Policy Analyst at the Center.

In December 2016, the Center for American Progress brought a group of energy experts to China to find out what is really happening.

We visited multiple coal facilities—including a coal-to-liquids plant—and went nearly 200 meters down one of China’s largest mines to interview engineers, plant managers, and local government officials working at the front lines of coal in China.

We found that the nation’s coal sector is undergoing a massive transformation that extends from the mines to the power plants, from Ordos to Shanghai.

The nation is on track to overdeliver on the emissions reduction commitments it put forward under the Paris climate agreement, and making coal cleaner is an integral part of the process.

From a climate perspective, the ideal scenario would be for China to shut down all of its coal-fired power plants and switch over to clean energy full stop. In reality, China’s energy economy is a massive ship that cannot turn on a dime.

The shift toward renewables is happening: China’s Paris commitment includes a promise to install 800 gigawatts to 1,000 gigawatts of new renewable capacity by 2030, an amount equivalent to the capacity of the entire U.S. electricity system.

While China and the United States have roughly the same land mass, however, China has 1.3 billion people to the United States’ 325 million.

It needs an electricity system that is much larger, so adding the renewable equivalent of one entire U.S. electricity system is not enough to replace coal in the near to medium term.

To bridge the gap, China is rolling out new technologies to drastically reduce local air pollution and climate emissions from the nation’s remaining coal power plants.

Read More…

(Seriously, it’s a must-read for all energy observers!)

Connectivity and Internet of Vehicles in China report

Connectivity and Internet of Vehicles in China: An exploration based on Zhihu and WeChat

March 2017

Executive Summary 

Connectivity is one of the main current technological trends in the automotive area.

With its rapid  digitalization, China is a major ‘testbed’ as well as a source of innovations in this field.

The present report uses data from the Chinese social web to find concepts and topics that dominate the Chinese discussion around connectivity and Internet of Vehicles (IoV; fTQ).

Our key observations are as  follows:

• Whereas connectivity already rose around 2011-12 in OECD markets, its China journey started relatively late (2014). Thus, the current progress and penetration are all the more impressive and uncover an even greater potential for future development backed by numerous supporting measures by the Chinese government.

• Foreign and domestic brands and services are equally present in the data. Foreign brands dominate  the car manufacturer area, whereas domestic Chinese brands are more present in the IT context. This balanced mix conveys the strength of local providers as well as the agitated landscape of international deals between car manufacturers and connectivity service providers.

• Major product aspects discussed in the area turn around smart and assisted functionality, safety and advancements in mobile internet technology.

• In a more strategic perspective, autonomous driving and its implications for the overall traffic system seems to be the leading concern. There are also numerous discussions about the underlying  technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Internet of Things.


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Anacode MarketMiner – Automated Market Research for the 21st Century

Anacode MarketMiner Simplifies China
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Anacode believes market research should be ready for the 21st century

That’s why we build MarketMiner, a text analytics software that cuts costs, time and complexity in market research – and gets you ready for taking better decisions based on the the authentic, intrinsic voice of your customers.

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Anacode is driven by a team of professionals in the fields of NLP (Natural Language Processing), software development and China business. We develop advanced data and text analytics solutions which help Western, non-Chinese customers in their quest towards an independent and unbiased understanding of the Chinese market. Our technology comprises algorithms for data collection and analysis which extract fine-grained, statistically relevant insights from various types of customer and market feedback. By putting our technology at your service, we save you the cost, time and often frustration associated with field and desk research on the Chinese market.

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MarketMiner is Anacode’s proprietary application for end customers who wish to get a solid understanding of the Chinese market. The backend performs a classical pipeline with three steps: online data collection, data analysis and aggregation. The frontend, designed in English, allows to formulate your research questions by products, product features and customer segments. The analysis and aggregation are fully transparent – you have the possibility to trace back your result via intermediate aggregation and analysis steps back to the raw data.

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With the rise of Big Data, text analytics is showing a constant upheaval in the past years.

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All our development builds on a strong linguistic basis which includes carefully classified lexica and ontologies, linguistically annotated training data, full syntactic parsing as well as a logical interpretation language based on compositional semantics.

We KNOW what we analyze, and use this knowledge to create a linguistically adequate training space. The data mining algorithms achieve a higher accuracy than traditional approaches centered around simple collections of keywords.

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Each version of the software treats a specific domain. We use language-specific grammars and specialized industry lexica to achieve an accurate analysis. At the same time, we build on principles of multilingual engineering so as to fully support the globalisation efforts of our clients. We know where to look for differences and similarities to streamline development while making appropriate customisations and thus maintaining a high per-case quality standard.

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Our algorithms combine linguistic and statistical methods and thus allow to pull more detailed information from our data.

For example, traditional sentiment analysis positions an opinion on a positive/negative scale; thus, a sentence like “The seats are old-fashioned” will be analysed as a negative opinion.

MarketMiner decomposes and “explains” the statement by telling that it is the visual appearance of the seats which leads to a negative evaluation, and more specifically a negative evaluation in terms of fashionability.


Welcome to Anacode’s Chinese API!

Anacode’s Web&Text API offers data collection and analytics tailored to the Chinese web and language, allowing China-facing businesses to extract maximal value from customer and market feedback.

The API is perfectly suited for users who don’t speak Chinese and want a quick, hands-on start with “native” data. Get started with your own analytics pipeline in four steps:

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Description

Market research has long relied on reactive means of data gathering, such as questionnaires or focus groups.

With the wide-spread use of social media, millions of comments about customer opinions and feedback regarding products and brands are available.

However, before using this ‘wisdom of the crowd’ as a source for marketing research, several challenges have to be tackled: the sheer volume of posts, their unstructured format, and the dozens of different languages used on the internet. All of them make automated usage of this data challenging.

In this paper, we draw on dashboard design principles and follow a design science research approach to develop a framework for search, integration, and analysis of cross-language user-generated content.

With ‘MarketMiner’, we implement the framework in the automotive industry by analyzing Chinese auto forums.

The results are promising in that MarketMiner can dramatically improve utilization of foreign-language social media content for market intelligence purposes.

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