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Singles Day 2018: What did you buy?

Singles Day 2018: What did you buy?

The day after November 11th, there was one hot discussion topic in the 1421 office in the morning. Everyone had one question for each other: what did you buy yesterday? To people in the western world this may seem strange, however in China this is normal. November...

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Effects of the US-China trade war on SME’s in China

Effects of the US-China trade war on SME’s in China

Trump’s campaign route towards the white house in 2016 was paved with China. He pointed towards China and stated they “outmanoeuvred the US”. Apart from this complimentary remark, he also accused China of various wrongdoings. From dumping exports to devaluating their...

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Chinese Millennial Generation

Chinese Millennial Generation

Previously, we shared an article about the Chinese millennial generation. They are the future decision makers for business in China. This generation of Chinese young adults have grown up during the opening-up and reform of the country. They have experienced more of...

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Chinese Millennials: The Future of China

Chinese Millennials: The Future of China

As some of our colleagues are waiting for the driver, after the negotiations with one of our Chinese clients, the son and daughter of the CEO and COO ask us: “Can you squat like a Chinese?”. Both are involved in running the business of their parents and are considered...

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Progress on Climate Change in China

Progress on Climate Change in China

Climate change in China is a widely talked about problem. China burns half of the world’s coal supply every year, and over 25% of the world’s climate pollution originates in the country, however in the last decade the Chinese government, with growing support from its...

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Rising opportunities in Chinese Tier 2 cities

Rising opportunities in Chinese Tier 2 cities

Since the economic reforms introduced in 1978, the Chinese economy has shown an impressive rate of growth. After Deng Xiaoping replaced Mao Zedong as the paramount leader, he broke with communist and socialist principles and enacted policies that meant certain people...

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What happened in the year 1421?

From 1421 to 1423, during the Ming Dynasty of China under Emperor Zhu Di (朱棣) the fleets of Admiral Zheng He (鄭和), commanded by the Chinese captains, discovered Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, Antarctica, the Northeast Passage; and circumnavigated Greenland.

Due to this endeavour we can conclude that “1421 is the year that the Chinese discover the world”.