February 2020 in China

Start of March, and the “working” New Year of the OX is probably now almost back to normal. Most people who went away for their Spring Festival came back around a week ago after the statuary 7 days. Many others tacked an extra few days onto the event.

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China Does Van Gogh Proud

Hello, we don’t have a category for “art or creativity” [maybe we should?] so we will list this under technology. The event is a little old now, back in 2020, but was only recently confirmed and released as an article by the Guinness Book of Records last week – Feb 11th 2021.

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China Launches pollution assault with Bioplastics

Hello, welcome back after the Chinese Spring Festival or Asian New Year holiday.
Today looking at something a little different, a focus more on China technology and the environment than directly marketing or business in China. However, we could squeeze that in by saying it is fair, advanced warning to foreign businesses who may be considering setting up shop in China in the not too distant future.

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Music with your on line shopping?

You may be used to either watching short videos, such as TicToc OR shopping via Amazon. A nice clear, clean line of demarcation. But perhaps that is about to change. The possibility is that soon, you will be able to watch your favourite TicTok, shop on line, send the link to a friend and also earn commission when she buys the same thing. In the near future?

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WeRide to move to paying autonomous mini bus service 2021.

Hello, greetings, just in case you are wondering who WeRide is, maybe a short introduction, explanation is needed. Lets start out by saying no, they are not related to Tencent’s WeChat. In fact, strangely, and usually in China’s fast moving tech world and autonomous vehicles, it seems not even backed or supported by Tencent.

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Ford in China: a Horse, an Ox or an Ass?

Just in case you missed it, this month, February, heralds the coming of the Chinese or Lunar New Year. Also known as Spring Festival in China and TET in Vietnam. This year, 2021 it falls on February 12th. The lead up, which starts as early as October for some brands, is possibly the busiest and most important time of the year as they prepare and finalise the coming year’s marketing plans.

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2020 Top Downloded Apps

The start of 2021 has not been terribly encouraging. In fact, in some ways is mirroring its predecessor. Both years began tragically with aircraft crashes and loss of life followed by a surge in virus cases in China and massive increases globally.

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Xpeng, Nio, Tesla

Latest China EV Motoring News

If you are not familiar with the first 2 names, don’t worry, you may soon be. They are aiming to be China’s leading domestic EV brands, along with Tesla. Whilst still long way from toppling Tesla as leader, both Xpeng and Nio recorded increased sales figures for December 2020. What is more interesting though, to us at least, is Tesla responded by cutting its retail price. Again.
It’s against this backdrop that our story today unfolds .

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Rape and Sexism is never funny

This is a short story because, basically, words fail us.
It revolves around a Weibo post from a Chinese company called Pure Cotton where a masked man is seen staking a woman at night.
At some point she uses a Pure Cotton wet wipe to remove her make up revealing her male gender.
The company claimed it was “humour.”
In the space of a few hours, several million Chinese disagreed.

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Never Miss Latest China Biz News

If you are familiar with Aim2D you will know that our prime purpose is to bring you the latest cutting edge business, marketing, tech and social media news in China. China is a big country, and a lot can happen in a day, especially over different industries and segments.

This page is updated weekly, so the chances of you missing something are extremely good. Which is why we suggest, if you really want to know what is happening in China, tech wise or anything else related to business in China today, right now, please check out Breaking China Marketing News. That way you will always have your finger on the pulse of business in China.

Then either bookmark this page, or, better still, sign in to our feed to get our analysis and take on China’s top stories for the week. Then you won’t miss anything. The best of both worlds. And don’t forget, if you have a question re your brand or organisation in China, we’d love to hear from you.

Drop a line to resident Chinese China business pro Everlyne.

China Europe Business News

If we are being honest, our first topic might not actually fit the definition of “news” as it is a few days old at time of publishing. Who knows how old when you read it. We are talking about the Chinese and European Union bilateral investment agreement that will expand European companies access to China’s economy.

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China Lux and Fashion News

Hello, Happy New Year – 2021!

Beijing is having one of its coldest, meanest winters for a while. In fact, China is unusually chilly, a nation wide orange alert warning was issued last week. Not often we get that. Hope it is not so extreme where you are.
As you may have guessed from our past post; “Join the Bico Biz Bloc” we’re very positive about business in 2021. In particular business between China and the EU, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

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Join Bic Brands

In case you missed it and are wondering who Bic Brands is, we are the company which supports the Aim2D, Bicyu and Uengager brands. Aim2D is, as you know, a media site bringing you the latest, real time news and updates about Business, Marketing, Tech and Social Media in China. Aim2D provides a convenient, one location portal for overseas companies thinking of and researching a China market entry or those already with a presence here.

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China Cosmetics and Beauty News

As we draw to an end of the year, time to just quickly refresh some of the publications we source our articles from. If your focus or interest is the beauty or cosmetic industry in China, or anywhere in Asia for that matter then Cosmetic Design Asia is a website you should keep an eye on.

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China UX Revisited

Once apon a time, well, a few days ago actually, in a country far far away – we are talking about Christchurch City in New Zealand – councillors decided it was time to redecorate the city buses. Good for them too. In some of our travels we find the often dull grey or lifeless beige biscuit tins on the wheels quite depressing.

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Double Eleven – more numbers

We have, on a few occasions, written about China’s Singles Day or Double Eleven shopping festivals. One month on from 2020’s Singles day, today’s article takes a sort of behind the scenes look at some more numbers. Those behind Alibaba’s side of the 11/11 extravaganza.

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China’s War on Plastic

Perhaps for many people living outside China, the words China and environmental protection do not conjugate. Are a contradiction in terms. Indeed, outside China it is seen as a joke, lip service whilst inside, a source of frustration. The reasons for this are many, and complex, ranging from lack of technology to education and understanding.

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China Life Streaming: pushing boundaries

Hello, today we look at a third and final – for this segment – in our China Live Streaming video trilogy. Last time we looked at how Alibaba’s Taobao Live Streaming app was used by fruit growers in China. We were hoping to dispel the myth that Life Streaming is only for high end luxury goods or brands. If you missed that, you can see it here; “From Farm to Table.”

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Live Streaming: an alternative view

Welcome, last time we looked at China’s 11/11 festival. Today we present the second in our trilogy of Alibaba focused short videos exploring what is now a mandatory tool in any brand’s China marketing tool box. The topic of “Live Streaming “in marketing to Chinese.

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China 11/11 Live Streaming

Trilogies. We love them at Aim2D. They provide a nice way to look at one topic, which may be broad, and break it into a series of smaller sub topics. So it is with Live Streaming in China. Trillogies work even better when released as short videos.

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