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China Day at Cannes Lions 2013 #RisingChina #Advertising #ChineseMind

11,000 creatives from around the world converge at Cannes Lions in France mid-June this year. On the agenda in the seven-day program? A day devoted to understanding the $53b Chinese market of wish and need fulfillment.

For more, check out the China Day program.

CHINA DAY

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The advertising sector is one of the fastest growing industries in China; as evidenced in the last few years, which now sees advertising spend in China ranked at number two in the world at $53 billion.

In the last few years we have also seen China flex its muscles in terms of creativity, winning numerous Lions at Cannes including a Press Lions Grand Prix in 2011 and an Outdoor Lions Grand Prix in 2012.

The potential of the market is huge, and the need to understand the market is significant. Cannes Lions, in association with the China Advertising Association, is bringing China Day to the Festival in 2013, which will see some of China’s leading thinkers, thought leaders and experts in creativity, the internet, cultural understanding, and marketing together to present a series of forums on what is really happening in this vast country, with the objective of giving an understanding of how to be part of this exciting opportunity and how to better understand how to engage with the market.Cannes Lion website, 2013

Filed under: Advertising, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, China Dream, Chinese Model, Communications, Culture, Domestic Growth, Economics, France, Government & Policy, History, Ideology, Influence, International Relations, Lifestyle, Mapping Feelings, Media, Modernisation, Peaceful Development, Public Diplomacy, Social, Soft Power, Strategy, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Trade

‘VIP’ Chinese Pandas arrive for new life in France [AFP]

Chinese public diplomacy: Pandas as agents of diplomacy and proxies for international relations.

And now, the French get a piece of panda action despite repeatedly ‘hurting the feelings’ the Chinese in recent times. Threatening to snub the Beijing Olympics, the disturbance of the Paris leg of the torch relay by pro-Tibetan militants, and the making of the Dalai Lama an honorary citizen come to mind.

Panda diplomacy has existed as far back as the 7th century AD with Tang dynasty Empress Wu Zetian sending a pair to the Japanese emperor. One thing not reported here is that the Pandas are not ‘given’ for an indefinite period. They’re typically on ten year loans with a standard loan fee of $1m and a provision that any offspring during the loan are property of the PRC.

For more, check out Pat Nixon and Panda Diplomacy.

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‘VIP’ Chinese Pandas arrive for new life in France
AFP
Source – Yahoo News, published Jan 16, 2012

PARIS (AFP) – Two Chinese pandas got a red-carpet welcome Sunday when they arrived in Paris for a new life in a country zoo after Beijing put aside its differences with France and extended the hand of bear diplomacy.

The giant black and white bears — dubbed Very Important Pandas by the French media — arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport from Sichuan province in the “Panda Express”, a Boeing 777 specially decorated with a panda motif.

China’s ambassador to Paris, a French member of parliament and zoo staff were on hand to greet them before the pair were whisked off in a truck with a police escort to their new home among the chateaux of the Loire valley. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: AFP, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Culture, European Union, France, Government & Policy, Influence, International Relations, Mapping Feelings, Media, Panda Diplomacy, Peaceful Development, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Tourism

Carrefour faces tough times in China [Straits Times]

Carrefour labelled as a ‘naughty boy’? Its first closure since entering China in 1995 sees a marked change from its pre-eminence as the shaper and facilitator of China’s urbanisation plans. Known as Jia Le Fu in China, the chain’s image of the ‘happy and lucky family’ was synonymous with changing how the Chinese saw grocery shopping. The idea of a hypermart was also somehow quintessentially Chinese as it struck a resonant chord with the Chinese sense of scale.

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Carrefour faces tough times in China
By Peh Shing Huei, China Bureau Chief
Source – Straits Times, published February 12, 2011

  • Shopper attacked by two security guards after dispute over prices
  • Fined by Chinese government for fraudulent pricing
  • Closed three stores in last six months – first closures since entering the country in 1995
  • Expansion slowed from high of 112 stores in 2007 to 30 last year
The hypermarket chain, which revolutionised the way Chinese bought groceries, is beset with woes caused by mismanagement and overreach, among other things. — PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

BEIJING: Carrefour just cannot seem to shake off the bad press it has been getting lately, prompting some to ask if its days in China are numbered.

Even as the French retail giant continues to struggle with price fraud accusations across the country, it is hit with more negative publicity after its security guards beat up a customer on Sunday.

Shopper Wang Yongmin was assaulted by at least two guards after a dispute over pricing differences, reported local media.

This episode comes after the hypermarket was fined 500,000 yuan (S$97,000) by the Chinese government for each of its 11 outlets that were found to have fraudulent pricing last month. The stores were said to have misled shoppers by claiming that the original prices on discounted items were higher than they were, making the discounts seem more attractive, or charged them more than the prices indicated in dubious advertisements.

‘Carrefour has been the naughty boy for so many years,’ said Mr Richard Ding, former national development director of Carrefour China.

The scandal erupts at a horrid time for Carrefour, a brand almost synonymous with supermarket in China. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Chinese Model, Culture, Domestic Growth, Economics, Environment, France, Lifestyle, Social, Trade

China promotes tourism on Paris buses [China Daily/XInhua]

China invites the French to come shop in their lands as they continue to stamp their cultural capital across the globe; and right smack in the centre of Paris too – The double-deck buses carrying the gigantic poster will move around the city of light from February 1-14 to string main attraction sites such as the Triumphal Arc, the Eiffel Tower, Invalides and the Louvre museum.

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China promotes tourism on Paris buses
(Xinhua)
Source – China Daily, published February 02, 2011

PARIS- Some 14 red tourism buses started on Tuesday to tour around Paris wearing a collage of the Great Wall winding through mountains, the monkey King Sun Wukong in emperor clothes and perky Chinese dragon, appealing travel-lovers to go to China.

The double-deck buses carrying the gigantic poster will move around the city of light from February 1-14 to string main attraction sites such as the Triumphal Arc, the Eiffel Tower, Invalides and the Louvre museum.

For two weeks from 08:30 to 20:00, the 4-meter-long and 2.55- meter-high posters with big Chinese characters would represent these Chinese symbols to mirror a facet of China as culturally tourist destination. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, China Daily, Culture, Economics, France, Influence, International Relations, Public Diplomacy, Social, Soft Power, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Tourism

Claim China behind Renault spying [The Age/Telegraph]

Claim China behind Renault spying
Henry Samuel and Graham Ruddick
Telegraph
Source – The Age, published January 9, 2011

PRESIDENT Nicolas Sarkozy of France has ordered his country’s intelligence service to probe whether China is behind suspected industrial espionage at Renault.

While a judicial inquiry has not been launched, a source at the Elysee Palace said the DCRI, France’s intelligence agency, was ”investigating a Chinese link” after the French car maker suspended three senior executives for ”very serious faults”.

The three Renault workers, one of whom is on the company’s management committee, were removed after an investigation into the leaking of secrets about the company’s electric vehicle program. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Automotive, Beijing Consensus, Chinese Model, Economics, France, Influence, International Relations, Trade

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