• Apple does a 180 with suppliers in China

    Apple is now one of the most aggressive tech companies in adopting progressive environmental policies in China.

    FORTUNE -- Ma Jun, the noted Chinese environmental activist, says Apple has gone in a short period of time from being the most uncooperative of electronics companies to "one of the most proactive IT suppliers" of all.

    Speaking at a panel on supply-chain trends at the  Fortune Global Forum in Chengdu, China, Ma practically gushed about Apple's MORE

    - Jun 7, 2013 7:22 AM ET
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  • High tech investing where government subsidies abound

    China has a hot new startup scene, but there are still a lot of challenges.

    By Jennifer Reingold, senior editor

    FORTUNE -- The "fail your way to success" model has been gospel for Silicon Valley venture capitalists and private-company investors for a long time. But in mainland China, that notion hasn't fully caught on, said a group of influential investors speaking at Fortune Global Forum in Chengdu, China. That makes it hard for some MORE

    Jun 7, 2013 5:38 AM ET
  • CEOs are bullish on China's new consumer

    Mass-market tastes are changing at a rapid clip.

    By Brian Dumaine, senior editor-at-large

    FORTUNE -- At today's town hall meeting at Fortune's Global Forum in Chengdu, China, leaders of some of the world's largest corporations engaged in a lively debate over the shape of China's changing culture. Mass-market tastes -- especially among China's younger generation -- are changing fast as urbanization, technology, and travel remake consumer experiences and demands. The panelists discussed what MORE

    Jun 6, 2013 6:50 AM ET
  • Microsoft stages nebulous Chinese comeback

    China has long been a piracy trap for Microsoft. It hopes it can change that with new product launches and thousands of new employees in the country.

    By John Foley, Reuters Breakingviews

    FORTUNE -- Microsoft is staging a comeback in China. The world's biggest software maker hopes to use the twin technological disruptions of cloud computing and mobile devices to get a second bite of a market where profit has proved elusive. MORE

    May 29, 2013 10:58 AM ET
  • Man who doesn't work for Foxconn kills self. Apple's fault?

    A suicide story that broke on Saturday had fallen apart by Monday.

    FORTUNE -- The Agence France Press headline that moved over the business wires Saturday morning seemed like deja vu all over again:

    Three new factory suicides at Apple supplier Foxconn

    Citing only a statement issued by China Labor Watch in New York, the news agency reported that the deaths occurred at a Foxconn factory in the central city of Zhengzhou and MORE

    - May 20, 2013 12:37 PM ET
  • China: E-commerce trumps retail

    High-tech meets low-tech (bike messengers!) as new Chinese consumers embrace online shopping.

    By Scott Cendrowski, writer

    FORTUNE -- Just as cash-strapped consumers in the developing world bypassed so-called landline phones in favor of mobile devices, so China's lower-income consumers are skipping physical stores in favor of e-commerce sites.

    A recent report by McKinsey & Co. shows that e-commerce sales in China reached an estimated $190 billion last year, almost equaling the U.S. MORE

    May 20, 2013 11:12 AM ET
  • Huawei has been far from silent

    Yes, Ren Zhengfei wields enormous power over the Chinese telecom giant. But the company's management is far more complex.

    FORTUNE -- You may have read that Ren Zhengfei, founder and chief executive officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, has finally broken his media silence. The reclusive CEO gave his first public media briefing in -- of all places -- Wellington, New Zealand, where he addressed security concerns about his company and his involvement in MORE

    - May 9, 2013 1:12 PM ET
  • Katy Huberty is back from China with Apple news

    Morgan Stanley's chief Apple watcher was visiting Hong Kong and Taiwan.

    FORTUNE -- In a note to clients Wednesday, Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty, just back from China, reports on "feedback" from Asian carriers and suppliers that she views as positive for Apple (AAPL).

    She makes several points: (I quote)

    After a slow start, iPhone 5 is now on track to meet carrier volume expectations.
    iPhone 4 price cuts could stimulate incremental demand near-term.
    Carriers see MORE

    - May 8, 2013 10:10 AM ET
  • What it cost Apple last quarter to smooth China's ruffled feathers

    In one day, Apple's profit margin went from the high end of its range to the low end.

    FORTUNE -- After Apple's (AAPL) quarterly report last week nearly every analyst we heard from pointed out that the company's 37.5% gross margin -- the measure of how efficiently a company turns sales into profits -- was at very bottom of its 37.5%-to-38.5% forecast range.

    The analysts offered a variety explanations, but most attributed the reduced margins to MORE

    - May 2, 2013 12:03 PM ET
  • Chinese scammers rip off the Apple policies China panned

    Swapping fake iPhone parts for real ones under the return rules Chinese TV laid into

    FORTUNE -- Talk about an ironic twist. Even as Apple (AAPL) was being lambasted daily in Chinese state-run media for what was being portrayed as unfair iPhone return policies, the company was investigating a ring of Chinese scammers taking advantage of those same policies to rip the company off.

    According to a report Monday in The Register, five MORE

    - Apr 15, 2013 7:58 AM ET
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