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China makes 90% of World Cup vuvuzelas [AsiaOne]

It would not have been hard to guess where the bulk, if not all where the World Cup vuvuzelas were made. What is scary – Vuvuzelas are priced from US$3 (S$4.196) to US$8, and the profit margin for Chinese manufacturers is less than 5 percent, the report said. Now, what about the workers?

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China makes 90% of World Cup vuvuzelas
China Daily/Asia News
Source – AsiaOne, published July 1, 2010

The vuvuzela, a long, plastic trumpet which has aroused much controversy for its huge noise-making ability, turns out to be an opportunity for Chinese manufacturers despite narrow profit margins.

About 90 percent of the vuvuzelas blown by soccer fans during the 2010 FIFA World Cup are made in China, the National Business Daily reported, citing Wu Yijuan, manager of the Ninghai Jiying Plastics Manufacturing Company in Zhejiang province.

Wu said his company made more than 1 million vuvuzelas from the beginning of this year to April. Read the rest of this entry »

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Filed under: AsiaOne, China Daily, Domestic Growth, Economics, Human Rights, Social, Sport, Trade

Made In China / BBC World News America [BBC/Youtube]

A good video from the BBC detailing the current woes, challenges and the light at the end of the tunnel for some of the world’s most poorly paid workers producing the most high-tech gizmos we pay top-dollar for.

Click here to access.

“China’s workforce is changing the world. Overtime and 6 day work weeks are the norm for $110 a month. But that is changing and that could be good news for western workers.” BBC News America

Filed under: BBC, Domestic Growth, India, Migrant Workers, Migration (Internal), Politics, Social, Trade

‘Made with China’ ad on BBC boosts products’ image [China Daily]

From Made in China to Made with China – the public image shift is upon us. More and more, it becomes obvious, the true global economy works for each other, not against each other.

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‘Made with China’ ad on BBC boosts products’ image
By Jin Zhu
Source – China Daily, published July 1, 2010

BEIJING – China is broadcasting a 30-second-long “Made with China” TV advertisement in Europe and Asia to boost the image of the country’s products.

The ad, which shows goods labeled with a “Made with China” tag being manufactured with the help of top foreign firms, started showing on BBC World News, Eurosport, and Eurosport 2 on June 28. It will air about 400 times before Aug 8, said the China Chamber of Commerce for the Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products, one of the four industry groups who commissioned it along with the Ministry of Commerce.

It previously appeared on CNN last November and was also shown at the Chinese Grand Prix of 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship (F1) this April.

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Filed under: BBC, Charm Offensive, China Daily, Communications, Influence, International Relations, Media, Nationalism, Soft Power, Strategy, The Chinese Identity

Trial launched to converge TV, web and phones [China Daily]

A whole new world of money making opportunity awaits with the convergence of all these media devices. According to this report, this matter has been debated for close to a decade while countries like Japan and Taiwan have forged ahead. Now that tech challenges and contentions between stakeholders have been solved, this connection sounds profitable, but socially I do not think it will be a good thing. Too many things at one’s fingertips tends to make one sedentary and susceptible.

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Trial launched to converge TV, web and phones
By Wang Xing
Source – China Daily, published July 1, 2010

BEIJING – Authorities on Thursday launched a major pilot project in 12 cities nationwide to help converge the telecommunications, Internet and broadcast networks, the State Council said in a statement on the government’s website.

The project aims to make the three sectors compatible in the country to allow users to make telephone calls, surf the Net and watch television through one cable or wireless gateway.

It will enable telecom carriers, Internet companies and broadcasters to enter each other’s fields and provide services, and is expected to create billions of yuan of investment in the coming years, analysts said.

Cities chosen for the pilot project include Beijing, Shanghai, Dalian, Hangzhou, Shenzhen and Wuhan.

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Filed under: China Daily, Communications, Culture, Internet, Media, Technology

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