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China’s Space Program

Dec 10, 2013 | in Asia, China, Featured Articles, News

China’s Space Program

China’s space program was originally organized in the mid-1950s as a part of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). At that time the primary purpose of the space program was to develop ballistic missile technology and military applications in space, rather than focusing on exploration and science. However, direct military control over the space program was short-lived as the government wanted their fledging agency to better resemble the space agencies in the West, which seemed to be experiencing a great deal of success. Progress in China’s...

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KL Gates

Dec 6, 2013 | in Asia, Europe, Featured Articles, News, North America, Spotlight

KL Gates

One of the attorneys that Thornhill Capital has had the pleasure of working with over the past decade has been Clay Parker from KL Gates. Clay is a securities partner out of the firm’s Miami office. I’ve worked with Clay on a number of transactions in China, Europe, and North America. Even though our offices are two hours apart by car, there was a time when we’d constantly run into each other in China more than the US. I use that to illustrate that Clay is a hands on attorney who doesn’t just sit at his desk and give you advice. In my...

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China’s One-Child Policy

Dec 5, 2013 | in Asia, China, Featured Articles, News

China’s One-Child Policy

For decades, since the mid-1970s, China had in place a one-child policy. Fearing that China’s rapidly growing population would consume its fragile resources and increase unemployment, thereby creating social unrest, the government limited its populace to one child, except for ethnic minorities, families where both parents are the only children, and rural families where the first child is a girl or is disabled. Also, even though Macau and Hong Kong are part of China, they’re designated as Special Administrative Regions and are exempt from...

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Singles Day in China

Dec 3, 2013 | in Asia, China, Featured Articles, News

Singles Day in China

The words “singles day” evokes thoughts of a day dedicated to single men and women. And originally that was true. It was an unofficial holiday which occurred on November 11th, or 11.11, each year, acknowledging the loneliness of being single. Singles Day started only 20 years ago at Nanjing University when students selected this date because of the consecutive 1s, which they felt symbolized the “bare branches” of a tree – or being alone. As a result, it became a day when single men and women would go out with their friends and...

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Zhang Jingjie (Maria)

Nov 29, 2013 | in Asia, China, Featured Articles, News, Spotlight

Zhang Jingjie (Maria)

Maria, whose Chinese name is Zhang Jingjie, is one of those people who’s always in the background and is rarely center stage. But she makes things happen for us in China and has an energy and enthusiasm that’s contagious. Maria’s worked with Thornhill for over a decade. She’s currently Thornhill Capital’s General Manger in China and runs our China operation, as well as heads our Strategic Planning and Business Development function there. In these capacities Maria coordinates with law and accounting firms, investment bankers and hedge...

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Anti-Counterfeiting a Nation’s Currency

Nov 26, 2013 | in Asia, China, Featured Articles, News, North America

Anti-Counterfeiting a Nation’s Currency

Counterfeiting has been a fact of life throughout history, recorded as far back as Roman emperor Domitian, in 81 AD. At that time Lydian coins, the currency of the day, were counterfeited by using copper cores covered in a silver coating. Counterfeiting has occurred almost continuously since that time. Not only is counterfeiting used as a method of accumulating wealth, but it’s also used as a means of destabilizing a rival government’s economy. As examples, counterfeiting for the purpose of economic destabilization has been employed by the...

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The Evolution of Women’s Hairstyles in China

Nov 21, 2013 | in Asia, China, Featured Articles, News

The Evolution of Women’s Hairstyles in China

Women’s hairstyles in China have been evolving, just as in other countries, for centuries. Individual personalities, one’s age, societal position, and trends of the time have resulted in marked changes in the length and style of women’s hair in China. For example, a little more than a century ago teenage girls wore their hair in two buns beside their ears, while unmarried younger women wore their hair in a braid fastened by a piece of red wool thread. Older married women, however, wore their hair in a single bun while a younger married...

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AllBright Law Offices

Nov 8, 2013 | in Asia, China, Featured Articles, News, Spotlight, Thornhill

AllBright Law Offices

Navigating the Chinese legal system can, at times, be extremely difficult. When we require the services of a Chinese law firm, we engage Steve Zhu from the Allbright Law Offices. This law firm has more than 200 attorneys and is one of the largest private partnership law firms in China. In addition, Steve has been particularly helpful in explaining complicated transactions to our clients as well as navigating us through China’s complicated bureaucracy. Steve’s specialty is securities law, although his law firm is also a key player in...

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Visiting a Doctor in China

Nov 7, 2013 | in Asia, China, Featured Articles, News

Visiting a Doctor in China

Unlike in Western countries, most doctors in China work in hospitals. China has both private and public hospitals, as well as hospitals established for foreigners. Most hospitals for foreigners, and private clinics which primarily cater to foreigners, are in larger Chinese cities, such as Shanghai and Beijing, where quite a few foreigners are employed. Because private hospitals and clinics are expensive, most Chinese will visit doctors in public hospitals. I’ve actually visited a Chinese doctor twice, in a hospital and as a patient, in the...

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Fast Food in Asia

Nov 5, 2013 | in Asia, China, Featured Articles, News

Fast Food in Asia

A short time ago I published a blog titled Fast Food in Europe. As a result, a number of people have e-mailed me (info@thornhillcapital.net) to see if I could write a blog on fast food in Asia. Since I tend to eat quite a bit of fast food while traveling throughout Asia, and especially while I was living in Korea for a year, I’m happy to give you an insight into Asia’s fast food choices. Street vendor carts can be seen in most Asian cities. They serve locally prepared fast food items, such as dumplings, and sell them at various locations...

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