The United States branded strategic rivals China and Russia "forces of instability" on Friday, grouping them with Iran and North Korea as countries whose rights abuses amount to a global threat. The charge was made by acting secretary of state John Sullivan as he launched Washington's annual global human rights report, which this year is focused on destabilizing abuses by state actors. Human rights groups were quick to criticize the report, noting that it had been stripped of much of the reporting on women's and reproductive rights that it had contained in recent years. Instead, President Donald Trump's administration has refocused the report on government-led crackdowns on a narrower range of human rights recognized under U.S. and international law. And Sullivan, in a preface to the report, underlined the importance of rights reporting for US interests and security. "Some governments are unable to maintain security and meet the basic needs of their people, while others are simply … [Read more...] about US brands China and Russia ‘forces of instability’
After years of losing out to foreign brands, China’s automakers are winning in the world’s hottest SUV market by employing a tried-and-tested strategy: offering them cheap. By flooding the market with comparable models at lower prices, Chinese automakers accounted for eight of the 10 bestselling sport utility vehicles in the first quarter, crowding out global nameplates like Toyota Motor Corp.’s RAV4 and Honda Motor Co.’s CR-V. Chinese-branded SUV sales more than doubled in the first quarter to overtake foreign nameplates in the segment this year, accounting for 56 percent of all deliveries, according to data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. At the Shanghai auto show next week, Honda will unveil a full-sized SUV concept that will compete for attention with local offerings like BYD Co.’s new Song and Yuan SUVs. “A significant number of Chinese consumers are looking for a more affordable alternative to premium-priced foreign … [Read more...] about How China brands took over the world’s hottest SUV market
China denounced the Philippines on Sunday for putting it under pressure with an international arbitration case over disputed waters, and refused again to participate a week ahead of a deadline to respond in the case. In a position paper, China outlined its arguments against the jurisdiction of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague to take up the case filed by the Philippines last year that could have implications for China's claims over the South China Sea. "Its underlying goal is not ... to seek peaceful resolution of the South China Sea issue, but rather, by resorting to arbitration, to put political pressure on China, so as to deny China's lawful rights in the South China Sea through the so-called 'interpretation or application' of the Convention," China's foreign ministry said. China claims almost the entire South China Sea, rejecting claims to parts of it from Vietnam, thePhilippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei. It has a dispute with Japan over islands in the East China … [Read more...] about China denounces Philippine ‘pressure’ over sea dispute arbitration
The star-studded, super-hyped Victoria's Secret lingerie show hits the catwalk in Shanghai on Monday, the first time the U.S. brand is holding its self-described "sexiest show on earth" outside the United States or Europe.Coming to China is all about business: the company's bottom line is sagging and it is staking its future on the growing Chinese market.Here is everything you should know about the annual festival of music, lace and flesh, now in its 23rd year.China or bustWestern markets for intimate wear have already matured, but China's is still blossoming as rapid societal changes help loosen Communist-era prudity.China's women are a growing consumer force and more interested than ever before in expressing their sexuality, fashion analysts assert, and they increasingly have the money to do so.Lingerie is among the fastest growing segments of Chinese women's apparel market, reaching 112 billion yuan ($17 billion) in 2015, according to market-intelligence firm Mintel Group, which … [Read more...] about Victoria’s Secret to charm China with fashion gala
VietNamNet Bridge – A lot of Vietnamese brands have appeared on the domestic market in recent years. However, experts have warned that since the brands have been built up in a too simple way, they would not survive for a long time. The “Vietnamese brand dream” The way a lot of Vietnamese enterprises are following to create new brands proves to be simple. They simply import accessories to assemble in Vietnam, then stick logos to the products which are consumed in easy-to-please markets. It’s clear that the Vietnam-made content ratio is very low in these products. The owners of the Vietnamese brands argue that outsourcing to foreign companies is now a growing tendency in the world, and it would not be a surprise if Vietnamese enterprises order foreign companies, mostly Chinese ones, to make products under their brand names. Nevertheless, experts have pointed out that this is not the way the world’s big groups are following when … [Read more...] about Do Vietnamese people really need Vietnamese brands?